Hello everyone, here’s a blog by Iris from Mama Botanica on the Intenz Home site. I would like to teach you more about plants! In this video I want to show a nice project with the Clusia. This royal plant does not only do well in the soil, but it also thrives in water! I would like to show you how to put this plant in water and tell you a little more about the background of hydroponics.
You may have seen it before, large plants with their roots in a vase of water. And maybe you have already put plants in water yourself, for example when you started taking cuttings! Growing a plant on water is called hydroponics and the Clusia is a plant where you can do this very well. You can buy these plants straight away, with roots and all in the water, but you can also make them yourself and I would like to show you how!
Hydroponics is a way of growing your plant in water. And that may sound fancy, but you’ve probably already applied it once to a plant. If you root a cutting in water, for example, that is called hydroponics too! You usually have to put your cuttings in soil with nutrients at some point in time, to ensure that they continue to grow optimally. But some plants can be left in the water longer and better than others. These are usually plants that naturally grow in a very moist place.
Why the Clusia?
You can apply hydroponic methods to many different species, but not al plants will do equally well. The Clusia is a plant that can tolerate water for a really long time and still grow! So, you can have it in water for years without the plant becoming ugly or unhealthy. And that’s because this plant naturally grows in the mangrove. The Clusia is therefore perfectly adapted to a very wet environment.
Put as a cutting in water
You can put the Clusia in water as a cutting. For this you first have to cut off a small side branch, which you then put in the water. Make sure that the stalk is not too deep in the water, one centimeter from the bottom is already sufficient. And what is also very important is that there are no leaves in the water. And then it is just a matter of patience. It can take a while before you see roots growing, but as long as your cutting still looks healthy, you will have to be patient a little more. When you start with a cutting, it will of course take a while before you have grown a larger plant.
In any case, you do not have to worry that your plant will not get enough water. If necessary, refill the water and be sure to refresh it once a month. It sometimes happens that the water gets a little dirty. In the beginning there may be some soil between the roots that loosens and later algae may appear in the water. When you see this, clean the vase and rinse the roots off your plant. Then it can be put back in place.
It is not necessary to give your plant extra nutrition, the Clusia does not grow very fast and also extracts nutrients from the water. Do you still want to feed? Then put one or two drops of liquid nutrients in the water and change the water completely a day later. This allows the plant to absorb nutrition, but does not stand in water for too long with an excess of nutrition. If there is too much nutrition in the water, it can damage the roots and you will suffer much more quickly from water that turns brown or in which algae appear. In fact, nutrition is not necessary, especially if you use spring water.
Place your plant in a place with indirect light, which is a light place, without the sun shining brightly on it. Direct sunlight is not good for your plant and also causes algae to grow in the water more quickly.
The Clusia can really survive this way for a long time, so this is not just a a project that looks good for a month. But it can happen, especially in the first period, that root rot appears, because your plant still has to adapt to the new environment. You can see this at the roots that become soft and brown. If this happens, cut away the damaged roots and clean the vase. After this you can put your plant back in clean water.
This is a perfect project if you also enjoy watching the roots of a plant grow. The roots can mold all the way to the vase as you see in the photo.
Do you prefer to keep your plant in the soil?
Then watch my spotlight video about the Clusia, which is all about taking care of it. And if you would like to learn more about your plants, follow me on YouTube or Facebook for more videos and on Instagram for pictures of the plants here at my house. This was it for this time, I’d love to see you again in the next video!
Watch the video about the care of the Clusia and the air-purifying qualities of this plant here: https://youtu.be/kZgugaFomqU