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I started to post this picture on another PTW site that lately is less forgiving about the size and format of images uploaded there, so since only a small part of this ended up getting posted there and it is not possible to edit pictures once posted, I thought I would try putting the full sketch on here.

If you left-click on the photo and select "view image" the text will show up big enough to read, that is if you are interested in knowing what kind of bottles I prefer to use for growing plants that I have rooted in water from cuttings. It is quite all right to put a newly rooted cutting in soil, but I grow most of my plants in water, giving some of them liquid nutrients from time to time. You don't have to feed a stem cutting, as it already contains enough nutrients to support new roots. When you see new growth, then it is time to put some plant food in the water, and most plants like a few drops of food every two or three weeks once they are established.

Herbs don't need a lot of food, but most cuttings appreciate bright light and will grow better if they are not too hot, not too cold, and not too dark. What I like most about hydro plants is that it is impossible to kill them with too much water. It is also a fact that I am fascinated by the roots of plants and so I enjoy being able to see them through the water.

Image Credit » A Quick Sketch of mine in SketchBook Pro

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Ellis wrote on November 8, 2014, 8:05 PM

I might as well give hydro-plants a go....I've killed everything

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on November 8, 2014, 9:19 PM

I could probably kill even hydro-plants, too. I'm pretty sure they would be unforgiving when I forgot to water them.

JanetJenson wrote on November 9, 2014, 12:27 AM

I put them in see-through containers so it really is quite hard to forget to top them off with water once in a while oldroadsoncetraveled

JanetJenson wrote on November 9, 2014, 12:29 AM

ellis I have saved many an almost dead plant by putting a stem cutting in water to root.

BarbRad wrote on November 9, 2014, 4:27 AM

I can read what you wrote in your sketch without enlarging it. You draw very well.

bestwriter wrote on November 9, 2014, 4:43 AM

Is this what is called hydroponics? It is useful for those who do not have much space for gardening.

gulp_burp wrote on November 9, 2014, 8:31 AM

My mom tried this at home. I don't think it worked well since I don't see any of them inside the house now. But we have a whole garden outside.

MarshaMusselman wrote on November 9, 2014, 11:27 AM

Ahh, now I know why you do so many of your planting in water, Janet. I think I would spill or topple over any plants that I'd grow in that manner, unless I made some type of wall hanging thingy for them which wouldn't get knocked like table surfaces could.

JanetJenson wrote on November 12, 2014, 1:32 AM

Aw, shucks, Barb, thanks for the nice compliment.

JanetJenson wrote on November 12, 2014, 1:35 AM

It is absolutely hydroponics, but when people hear that word they often think of elaborate and expensive techniques and equipment, and many plants can be grown just by sticking them in a vase of water. I prefer the term soil-free gardening as that does not sound so scary.

JanetJenson wrote on November 12, 2014, 1:37 AM

Sometimes we start plants inside and then take them outside after they get some growth. That is especially useful in climates where the growing seasons outdoors are short.

JanetJenson wrote on November 12, 2014, 1:40 AM

I sometimes put the glass containers inside some sort of sturdy box so that they cannot get knocked over. Grow wall systems are a great way to garden indoors or out. I think wall planters are really neat!

bestwriter wrote on November 12, 2014, 4:08 AM

Good one emoticon :cool: There is joy in getting results. I did try once but did not succeed.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 9:26 PM

I love the idea of being able to watch the roots grow! I'm still a little leery of setting up anything water-based with my close quarters. Having four kids who dob't always watch what they're doing makes me worry about the fate of the plants - and my carpets!

JanetJenson wrote on December 4, 2014, 3:14 AM

The roots are really great Ruby3881 --- Sorry for taking so long to reply here. I have started some new adventures and simply haven't been online that much lately. I hang some of my water babies from the ceiling. That would keep them out of the reach of cats and kids.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 4, 2014, 4:15 AM

I don't have much natural lighting in my place, and I wonder about whether the plants would get enough light unless I place them near a window or lamp. Are there some plants that don't mind being in a shadowy corner? I know a lot of the veggies I'd like to grow prefer full sunlight :(

JanetJenson wrote on December 9, 2014, 2:49 AM

Ruby3881 You do pretty much need some kind of grow lights if you are going to do serious indoor gardening. Happy Holidays!

Ruby3881 wrote on December 19, 2014, 7:27 AM

Yup, that's what I thought! I guess we'll have to figure out some sort of set-up in the new year...