Are you a fan of herbs? We enjoy incorporating herbs into our favorite dishes. Fresh herbs might be difficult to come by, which is why we chose to grow them ourselves. If you don’t have access to a garden, water-grown herbs will suffice.
Herbs thrive in the presence of water. All you need are some beautiful clippings to get them started in water.
Cilantro, mustard, and dill are all grown from seeds, which can be problematic. You’ll need to place the seeds in the soil and then transfer them to water in this situation.
Grow herbs in water
Use glass containers and plain water. Avoid chlorinated water. Leave your regular tap water to air overnight or store rainwater. For optimal results, use spring or well water. It’s packed with minerals.
Mason jars and plastic bottles are both suitable containers. Roots prefer to be kept out of direct sunlight. Use amber-colored bottles for this, or simply wrap the paper over the bottom of the bottle.
Algae will not be able to grow in the dark. Although algae has no effect on the plant, they do make your containers look filthy.
Narrow-mouthed jars or bottles are advantageous because they hold the clippings in place. Because the roots require air, containers with a narrow mouth are not recommended. Use nylon or wire netting to support the clippings if you’re using wide-mouthed containers. Mosquitoes will be kept at bay by using mosquito netting.
Rooting hormones are not required because clippings root quickly. From the growing tips, cut 6-inch portions. Lower leaves and lower tips close to the notes where the roots show should be removed. Make sure no leaves come into contact with the water.
Rosemary and other woody cuttings take longer to root than other plants. Once a week, change the water. If you can find willow trees, soak some of their branches overnight in warm water.
This is the mixture of natural rooting hormones you’ll use. To speed up the roots process, place the clippings in the liquid. Some people choose to utilize powdered rooting hormone.
10 best herbs to grow in water
Menthol gives peppermint its great benefits. The volatile substance gives this herb its cooling sensation. Put fresh cuttings in a container of your choice to grow new plants.
It’s a close relative to peppermint. Spearmint is a natural hybrid of spearmint and water mint.
Oregano makes your food even more delicious. Use fresh clippings, and use the tips once the plant grows well.
Basil likes warm and light rooms. Clip off the tips before the herb starts flowering.
Take soft cuttings in spring. Sage has strong flavor, and you need 1-2 sage plants. This herb likes light and well-aerated rooms. It’s prone to mildew.
Use clippings from soft branches, and give them warmth and light.
7. Lemon balm
Lemon balm makes the best tea. Use clippings in spring or fall. The herb likes the warm places and indirect light. You will notice the first roots in 3-4 weeks. Change the water regularly. Lemon balm is prone to a white mildew, so you may want to root the clippings outside.
Take the clippings from new growths in spring. Fall clippings take more time to root. Give herb warmth and light.
Russian tarragon is mild and it is added as a green in salads. French tarragon is the best option for your dishes.
Use green cuttings from new growths, preferably in mid-spring or early summer. Avoid flowering plants. Thyme dries really fast, so put the clippings in the water right after cutting them. Spray the clippings with water. Trim the branches to boost branching.
Spring cuttings root faster. Rosemary likes sunny spots.
9 best houseplants to grow in water
Overwatering houseplants is the worst problem for pretty much everyone who lives in an apartment. That’s why you should grow these plants in water.
Submerge 2-3 nodes of the clippings in water.
Use the same method you use to grow pothos.
Every type grows well in water. You need 6-8 inch tips. Use a rock to secure the cutting in the jar.
4. Peace lily
Use an entire plant or sections of the plant. Remove the soil before you put the cuttings in water.
5. Aluminum plant
Its cuttings grow really well in water.
Some people can’t make a difference between this plant and the Chinese lucky bamboo. It’s a variety of dracaena (Dracaena braunii). You can use corn plant (D. fragrans), Song of Indian (D. reflexa). It’s a heavy plant, and you may need to provide support.
7. Dieffenbachia (Dumb cane)
Cut tops and put it in water after the cut end is dry. Be careful, its sap is caustic and may burn your skin.
8. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema)
Use clean sections, and grow then in large containers filled with water.
9. Chlorophytum (Spider plant, Airplane plant)
Use a goldfish bowl for this plant. You need large plantlets or entire plants. Hanging plants grow really well in water, and you won’t have t worry about the watering part.
6 top vegetables to grow in water
You can plant watercress, water chestnut, wasabi, or lotus. Terrestrial veggies can be grown in water. Leafy greens are perfect.
Start the seeds in netted cups, and transfer the seedlings in beds.
It’s grown in the same way as spinach.
Start the seeds in individual cups, and insert them in the growing medium.
They have similar requirements for tomatoes.
Bush type cucumbers are best for hydroponics. Climbing types need support.
In this way, you won’t get a plant full of dirt. Growing celery in water gives you a clean veggie.
Feed your water-grown plant
Water-grown plants need supplemental nutrition. You need to dilute regular fertilizers in water or formulations designed for these plants.
Fertilizers tend to accumulate at the bottom and cause root burn. Change the water regularly and flush the plant when needed.