Want to know how to grow anthurium in water? Let’s face it; we’ve all forgotten to water our plants at some point. When left unattended for too long, your plants will shrivel and wilt. Growing anthurium in water means you get to ditch the soil and grow your plants hydroponically.
Can Anthuriums Grow in Water?
Short answer: Yes!
Anthurium can grow in water. You can take a cutting from your anthurium and place it in water for regrowth, also known as water propagation. Most gardeners use this method until the plants grow a root system, but they move it to soil afterward. However, you can grow them completely in water.
Anthuriums, just like other houseplants, can survive in water as long as you give them what they need to continue growing. Hydroponic gardening is a form of hydroculture where plants grow in water. The process involves rinsing the roots from traces of soils and placing them in water.
Anthuriums are one of the many houseplants that thrive well in water. To place your anthuriums in water, rinse the roots under lukewarm running water until there are no traces of soil left to prevent the roots from rotting in the water. Pick a beautiful glass vase (we prefer transparent vases!), fill it with water about a quarter of the vase, and place your anthurium plant in it.
A glass vase lets you watch your plants grow, plus you won’t have to water them so often.
Rooting in Water: A Step-By-Step Guide
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to plant your anthuriums in water.
Step #1: Take anthurium cuttings
Thankfully, it’s easy to take cuttings from anthuriums. It’s best to take the cuttings from the largest anthurium plant. Dividing larger plants into smaller sizes will keep them healthier and encourage more blooms.
Take the anthurium plant out of the pot and separate the roots. Take the plant from the pot and divide the roots. Look for roots and offshoots that can be easily separated.
Step #2: Choose the right container
You can choose any type of vase – a glass one or a recycled bottle. However, if you choose one with a narrow neck, you might not be able to take the plant out if you need to. You can pick any container that would showcase your beautiful anthurium plants.
Step #3: Fill your container with water
You can use high-quality tap water for your anthuriums. However, make sure it’s not full of chemicals and contaminants or it’s extensively filtered, removing all the nutrients. To be safe, it’s best to use mineral water (prevents limescale from forming in your container) or rainwater.
Step #4: Place the plant in the container
As you place your plant in the container, you may need to support them to prevent them from leaning to one side or from toppling over.
Caring for Anthurium Plants
Plants grown hydroponically doesn’t mean you don’t have to water them entirely. You’ll need to replace the water in the container every four weeks. However, you may need to top up the water in the container throughout the month to ensure there’s always enough for your plant. You can add a few drops of fertilizer to improve the color of the leaves.
Where to Place Your Anthurium Plants
Anthurium thrives best in a well-lit environment but make sure not to place them under direct sunlight. If you place anthuriums in the dark, they’ll produce fewer blooms. These plants prefer warm environments between 68 degrees F and 72 degrees F. They love to be placed in spaces with high humidity, so if you’re looking to place them indoors, a bathroom would be the perfect spot.
Why Should You Try Growing Your Plants in a Hydroponic Greenhouse?
There are several reasons why you should place your plants in a hydroponic greenhouse. A hydroponic greenhouse provides your plants with a safe and secured space to grow and thrive. Here are some of the benefits of greenhouse gardening:
Reduce the risk of pests and diseases
More often than not, pests, diseases, and other harmful bacteria can reach your plants through the soil. Planting in-ground exposes your plants to the risk of infestations and infections. On the other hand, hydroponic gardening does the opposite.
A good hydroponic system doesn’t make it easy for pests, diseases, pathogens, and mold to enter or exit your system or even reach your plants. As long as you’re meeting industry-standard cleaning and sanitation practices, your plants should remain free from pests and diseases that can ultimately damage your plants.
Protection from the elements and control over the growing environment
When placed in an enclosed and controlled space, your plants will grow healthy and produce more flowers. A greenhouse gives you the opportunity to control the growing climate. Even though it’s cold outside, you can plant warm-weather plants with the help of supplemental grow lights, heating/cooling systems, and more. This flexibility allows you to grow different types of plants and crops.
Additionally, greenhouses also protect your plants from bad weather. Keeping them inside a greenhouse keeps them safe from ice, snow, heavy rains, storm, and more.
Final Thoughts on How to Grow Anthurium in Water
Knowing how to grow anthurium in water gives you a new way to grow your houseplants. They require less maintenance, and they’ll look beautiful when placed in glass containers.