When the kitchen was renovated, the architect placed a wider ledge under the kitchen windows. It was perfect for putting my sprigs of basil. Gradually, the collection occupied a bigger space, to include various plants - even a fish bowl with a fighting fish.
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What I like about low-tech hydrophonic gardening is that it offers a clean way to put in live plants inside the house, without bringing in all the attendant critters. The system is entirely soil-free, since I use only crushed gravel and sand. For the plant's nutrient needs, I water them with pond water - plenty of organic matter in there. Occasionally I apply a scant amount of fertilizer. Mosquito larvae cannot thrive in these pots since I keep the water level below the surface of the gravel, so there's no stagnant water for mosquitoes to breed.
I use Scindapsus plant - chosen for its carefree ways and it's ability to root in water, in a gel-based media, and in pebbles as well. Fortune plants are also good candidates.
I place the cuttings in water first. Once I see a good number of emerging roots, it's time to pot them in little glass jars with sand and finely crushed gravel. Sand probably isn't necessary - but it adds a nice layered effect.
For added interest, and to cover up the algae-encrusted vase, I place the pots in bigger containers. In this case a ceramic shell from The Stoneware Pottery, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
The small blue jar contains cuttings that are rooting in water.
Even in a tiny pot, the plant can grow lush, with proper sunlight and the occasional application of fertilizer.
Fortune plants can grow impressively tall even in a small vase. This plant is potted in a small glass jar, and placed inside a fishbowl. This is a special variety - oftentimes referred to as the "Lotus Fortune Plant".
and finally, a grouping of the ordinary Fortune plant. It makes a good fountain of leaves. This has been grown indoors for nearly a year. There are guppies in all the fishbowls, to eat any mosquito larvae that are deposited on the water.
Sources: (note: I have no affiliation with this establishment)
Blue Ceramic Shell from Stoneware Pottery <<< website
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The Stoneware Pottery, Inc.
Zone 8, Bulua, 9000 Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.
Phone and Fax: (63-08822) 735603.
There is much to be said about bringing a spot of green into one's home. It's like bringing in a modicum of serenity - a take-off point for reflection and meditation. I guess we all need that in our lives.