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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.

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 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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