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Plant trend: how to start with hydroponics

In this blog we will tell you all about hydroponics, a very trendy and decorative way to style and propagate your PLNTS in glass! After reading this blog you’ll not only know what hydroponics is, but also which plants are suitable for hydroponics, what essentials you need and how to start immediately yourself! As a bonus we have added a DIY video on the bottom of this article. The video will show you all the (easy!) steps to start.

What is hydroponics?

Hydroponics is a form of propagation or displaying of plants in which you put the roots of your plant in the spotlights. It is a propagation technique in which you put a plant cutting in water so that it can root. When the roots are strong enough you can repot the cutting in soil but you can also let it continue to grow in the water.

What are the benefits of hydroponics?

The big plus side of hydroponics is that your plant doesn’t need much attention. She will gain all the nutrition from the water. Another benefit is the cool appearance. Doesn’t it look super cool to watch the roots grow in the water behind the glass?! Because of the glass and water you can decorate your home in a light and fresh way!

Which plants are suitable for hydroponics or hydroponic propagation?

Not all houseplants are suitable for hydroponics. It’s best to choose a plant that is used to gaining nutrition from water. You can either make a cutting yourself or you can use a plant from your home that you prepare for hydroponics. In our propagation stations we use BabyPLNTS because they fit perfectly in the small vases.

Plant types that are suitable for hydroponics are:

  • Codiaeum
  • Syngonium
  • Calathea
  • Monstera
  • Philodendron
  • Pilea

Our top 5 favourites are:

Hydroponic essentials: what do you need to start hydroponic propagation?

  • A plant or cutting
  • A bowl or pot to collect the soil from the original plant
  • A bowl with lukewarm water to wash the roots of the plant
  • Glass vase, pot or a propagation set Tip: choose a size that matches the size of your plant of cutting!
  • A bottle of mineral water
  • A funnel or a bottle with pouring spout
  • A pipette
  • A bottle of plant nutrition

The 5 stages in the hydroponic process of growing plants

Step 1: Time to clean
Collect the soil from the roots in a bowl or pot.

Step 2: Bath time!
Use the bowl with lukewarm water to wash the roots as clean (and gentle!) as possible.

Step 3: Make the (water) bed
Use the funnel of pouring spout to fill the glasses of your choice with mineral water.

Step 4: Feeding time!
Use the pipette to collect a drop of nutrition and add it to the water. Add a few drops if your glass is bigger.

Step 5: Final touch
Place the roots carefully in the glass and give them a pretty place in your home!

What care does the plant need when it is growing in water?

As said before, the benefit of hydroponics is that the plant doesn’t need a lot of care. It gains all the needed nutrition from the water. It’s best to use mineral water since that water is full of vitamins and minerals that your plant will love! Another advantage is the lack of lime in mineral water which will help to keep the glass free of lime scale. Provide the plant with new water every two weeks and don’t forget to add a drop of nutrition after every change.

Start quick and easy with our propagation video

We also made a video about hydroponic propagation to help you start yourself quick and easy. Have fun!

What hydroponics products do we offer?

Have a look at our cool propogation stations below. These items will help you display your PLNTS in your home a stylish way.

DIY: How to pot and grow your own Caladium tubers!

We love Caladiums! There are many types of Caladiums, all with their own unique and often colorful leaves. Because of their colorful appearance and beautiful leaves they are a real eye catcher in your home or in your garden!

The caladiums grow a little different than other houseplants. They grow from spring to autumn and will lose their leaves when the tuber gets ready to hibernate. We love to help you grow your own special Caladium from tuber to full grown beauty. In this blog we’ll give you tips on how to start with the potting process and we’ll give you tips for the growing process. With the right care you can keep your Caladium happy for up to 10 years!

The Caladium potting process: how to startpotting your Caladium tuber

Choose the right time to plant the Caladium tuber

In springtime the Caladium tubers start to come alive so this is the time to plant the tubers! In spring and summer the Caladiums will grow to their full size which can be up to 90 cm tall! It’s good to be aware that the Caladium will lose her leaves during autumn. Only the tuber will stay alive and she will start hibernating until next spring. Don’t worry, she will be back in full bloom next spring when you take good care of her!

Bath time!

When your tuber has arrived in her new home, treat her to a long and warm (not hot!) bath. Let her soak for one hour in water of a maximum of 50°C before planting her in her pot.

Choose the right pot for your Caladium tuber and make her bed

Most Caladium tubers have a diameter of approximately 7,5 centimeters. Choose a pot with a diameter of at least 15 cm. A pot with a diameter of at least twice the size of the tuber is advised. When you choose a bigger pot, the Caladium has more room to grow and will most likely grow bigger! To make the bed of your Caladium tuber you have to fill 2/3 of the pot with soil. Place the tuber facing upwards. Make it cozy by covering her with soil.

Tuck your Caladium in and be patient

Time to cover your friend with wrapping film. Make sure to open it every day to avoid mold. Find a shady and cozy spot with 20-25°C and wait for your Caladium to bloom in about 4 weeks.

The Caladium growing process: how to create a happy Caladium

Choose the right location to grow your Caladium

As soon as the Caladium starts to grow, the Caladium loves sunlight! Her origin is the tropical environment of Central- and South-America. Here she grows in the Amazon rainforest. Her leaves are delicate and therefor she can best be places in a spot with lots of indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight can best be avoided since this could cause burns of dry spots on her leaves. If the Caladium doesn’t get enough light she might turn more green then colored. You should relocate her to a lighter spot when this happens.

Give her the right amount of water

The Caladium is not a very thirsty type but it is important to give her enough water so that she stays hydrated, also after a sunbath. Make sure her soil is always moist, not wet! She’s not a fan of wet feet… The tuber will rot when it is too wet for too long and this will affect the lifespan of the plant and tuber. Water the Caladium twice a week during summertime and once a week during spring and autumn. When the leaves start hanging she tells you that she is thirsty!

Treat your Caladium with lots of spraying

Your Caladium loves humidity since her natural environment is also very humid! You will please her best by giving her a daily spraying session. Her delicate leaves will stay beautiful and hydrated so you will rewarded for this extra act of kindness!

Cut the flowers when you want to save your Caladiums energy

The Caladiums can grow flowers that have a strong scent. Keep in mind that the flowers will take energy from the tuber. If you prefer the tuber to concentrate the energy on the growing of new leaves, you might consider to cut off the flowers.

Take good care of the tuber during winter time

The Caladium leaves will die during fall but the tuber will continue to live. Cut off the dead leaves when they are fully dried out. The tuber will continue to gain energy from the remaining leaves and she will live on this energy during the period of hibernating. You can keep the tuber in the dry soil (stop watering it!) and place the pot somewhere in your home until springtime. Keep in mind that she’ll not survive when she needs to hibernate in too cold or too warm conditions. She will be happy with temperatures around 12 to 20°C. The process or growing will start all over again during spring. You can enjoy the Caladium for about 10 years this way!

Caladiums and pets

Be aware that Caladiums are toxic to cats and dogs. Chewing on the leaves can cause extreme irritation and swelling of the mouth. Therefor it is best to keep the Caladiums out of reach of your furry house mates.

Can’t you wait to grow your own unique and colorful Caladium?! We’ve got great news: you don’t have to! We have eight different types of Caladium tubers for sale in our shop!

Plant parents of Europe, let’s unite and break the chains of tired and stilted interior design. A new decade is upon us and it brings fresh trends. So grab your plants, gently wipe away the dust (like the PLNTS doctor is constantly telling me to do) and come on a journey to the future of houseplants.

A real bright spark

Whether you are in Berlin, Brussels or Doncaster, building your very own pinterest dream apartment is a cinch! Two little words; form and function. That means creating spaces that are as functional as they are beautiful (and minimising clutter).

My signature move is to pair a classic terracotta feeder with an elegant glass holder. Who would have thought that unleashing your inner Marie Kondo was so simple? You can either grab yourself a matcha latte and wait for inspiration to strike or, better yet, follow #PLNTitandtheywillcome for some minimalist PLNTS’ inspo.

Help?! My space is flatlining

There’s strength in numbers. So why not create a little army of houseplants? Having one big statement area in your space can create an unforgettable impression while keeping that minimalistic charm elsewhere. Modern living can be stressful, so I’ve created a little oasis of calm that does wonders for my headspace.

Top of the pots

This year the plant world is going crazy for ceramics and who can blame them? Now, when you think of ceramic you may picture stuffy porcelain ornaments in your grandparents’ home. But believe me, these aren’t your nanna’s accessories.

But just remember, you wouldn’t go to a wedding in sweatpants, would you? Exactly! So make sure you grab a style of pot that complements your plant. Have a look at the range and ensure that from dawn to dusk your PLNTS are dressed to slay.

Become a PLNTS celebrity

So those are my tips for 2020. If you have perfected any of these styles, let me know. Don’t be greedy, share how you are rocking these tips at home for a chance to be featured on the PLNTS.com Instagram.

There was a time, not too long ago, when you could get any style of plant pot you wanted, so long as it was terracotta. Of course, terracotta plant pots are a classic for a reason. But picking a fresh new style is a simple way to refresh your home and is a great excuse to treat the green members of your family to cute plant gifts.

1. Picking the style that suits your plant

A key part of being a plant parent is knowing how to complement styles. Think about it, if you have a plant that’s a little unique with crazy patterned leaves you may not want to pair it with a colorful pot and completely unique pot shape. Just like when choosing your outfit of the day, you can never go wrong pairing a statement piece with something a little more low-key.

2. The rule of 3

Whenever I am stuck in an aesthetic rut and want to switch up my plant style, I always keep the rule of 3 in mind. That means placing 3 of your plants together to create a small oasis of calm. Sticking to the rule of three allows me to focus on interesting shapes, colour and simplicity while also maintaining a consistent style.

If I am going for an industrial feel I would combine a copper plant pot, with darker colours and simple minimalist plants. I then break up the look with a large plant pot to create variety and give my eyes some extra special plant magic.

3. Patterns and interesting material

Can you keep a secret? I know plant parents shouldn’t have favourites, but I admit that not all plants are created equal. Now and again I like to treat my most treasured plant children to special plant pots with patterns or interesting materials. Remember, fun playful accessories such as colourful ceramic planters or heavy stoneware pots are always a winner.

Some other plant pot styles that have become a key part of my style armoury are geometric plant pots, lovely strong block colour pots and if I’m feeling extra fancy; chic leather pots. Think about how each of these elements will suit your space. Picture your plant collection and imagine how much better the space could be with a unique statement piece that draws the eye.

4. Raise the roof

Don’t be afraid to bring your plant pots to a whole new level. If you are feeling experimental try suspending multiple contrasting plant pots throughout your home. This has the added benefits of sprucing up the blank higher spaces of your home and provides your urban jungle with a sense of depth.

One thing to bear in mind, would be to ensure hanging planters are sufficiently stable to reduce the risk of your precious plants falling. Resin pots with leather straps are a great choice for hanging because they are so darn durable. If you are looking for a great DIY plant project whilst stuck at home, you can also make your very own hanging planter for that extra personal touch.

5. DIY

Speaking of DIY, you might not be looking to invest in a new plant pot at the moment but don’t let that stop you showing your plant love. Step your plant accessories game up by taking something a little basic and making it your own. All you need is a basic plant pot and some painting supplies.

The PLNTS community are a talented bunch so keep an eye on social media for awesome do it yourself tips and don’t worry if you aren’t feeling too artsy, there’s plenty of fantastic pre-made ways to reflect your personality.

6. Stand out from the crowd

Maybe you aren’t that great with a hammer and a nail, that’s no problem whatsoever. Until you’ve mastered that particular skill, a great way to get some extra height into your urban jungle is 2020’s most exciting plant accessory; the plant stand. A simple idea, mix it with a colourful plant pot for a statement piece that will make you the envy of plant parents everywhere.

Bonus tip for plant parents

At PLNTS.com we spend loads of time seeking out new inspiration from the plants community. Tag all your photographs with #PLNTS or #BabyPLNTS so you can share your tips with the rest of the community and have a chance to be featured on our Insta.

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