DIY Indoor Water Plant
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Well, it’s official. Summer is over and your plan to build a jungalow has been crushed by the autumnal change.
Don’t despair, my plant-loving friends!
This week’s DIY project will show you how your plant obsession can continue throughout Autumn with an Indoor Water Plant.
If you’ve just come into Autumn, you may have begun to notice the effects of the seasonal shift.
As the days get shorter and sun hangs out lower in the sky, the growth of your house plants will start to slow down in preparation for winter dormancy.
As a general rule, you shouldn’t introduce new plants into your home at this time of year for this reason.
But, growing an indoor water plant will allow you to keep up with your plant hoarding tendencies throughout the cooler climates.
So, it’s Autumn and you’re already having plant hoarding withdrawals.
I feel yah.
Tis’ the season to let your plants sleep and it’s risky raising new plant babies at this time of year.
I have 38 houseplants — yes, I counted.
And, if I don’t buy a new plant at least every other week, I start to get a little antsy.
But, I’ve learnt through recent casualties, that you can’t be bringing home tropical plants all willy nilly…
…I’m so so sorry, Schefflera. Please, forgive me.
Now knowing the risk, I did a bit of research before getting my next plant fix.
From memory, my google search contained words like, “low maintenance”, “cold-hardy” and “plants that will survive the winter”.
Interestingly, I came across a new type of plant that I had never thought of introducing into my home before.
The aquatic plant.
Obviously, some aquatic plants are more sensitive than others, but you can get ones like the sword plant or water fern, which are very hardy and don’t require much attention at all.
So, naturally, I drove the pet store.
Five minutes later, I walked out with my new water plant.
The plants are very inexpensive ranging from $3.00 – $10.00, and if you’re using an old jar and some foraged stones (like me), then that’s all this project is going to cost you.
To get started, make sure your tap water is safe to use — do your research. If not, you can buy a water conditioner at the pet store.
Also, make sure to sterilise your jar and stones with hot water beforehand, and use a lid so that the water does not evaporate!
Now, that’s settled — your plant obsession is free to continue throughout the cooler climates.
I’m already starting to imagine a bigger tank to fill with even more indoor water plants…
…you’re thinking what I’m thinking, right?
Indoor water garden, here I come.
“Your plant obsession can continue throughout Autumn with an Indoor Water Plant.”
Instructions for DIY Indoor Water Plant
The materials you will need to make this DIY water garden is:
- A large jar or fish bowl
- Aquatic Plant(s)
- Stones or pebbles
- Tap Water
1. Firstly, place about 3 inches of stones in the bottom of the jar.
Make sure to sterilise your glass jar and stones with hot water before you begin. This will prevent your water from becoming cloudy.
2. Then, rinse your aquatic plant with water and remove any dead leaves.
3. With your fingers, gently bury the roots of the aquatic plants under a few rocks.
Do not pile the rocks over the stem of the water plant as this will cause it to rot.
4. Fill the jar with tap water.
Before this step, do some research on the tap water in your home as, depending on the conditions, you may also need a water conditioner.
“If I don’t buy a new plant at least every other week, I start to get a little antsy.”
After a week or so, start to use a plant fertiliser from the pet store to help your plant grow healthy roots.
While the plant will naturally help to oxygenate and keep the water clean, algae may begin to form due to the lack of circulation. If it does simply replace the water and clean the jar.
Be gentle while cleaning to avoid damaging your new plant friend!
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