01 September, 2021

Growing plants in water

Growing plants in water is called hydroponics. Here are the general steps to grow a plant in water:
Choose a plant that can grow in water. Examples include pothos, spider plant, philodendron, and lucky bamboo.
Cut a healthy stem or leaf from the plant. Make sure it has several leaves and nodes, which are the small bumps on the stem where new growth can occur.
Fill a container with clean water. You can use a jar, vase, or any other container that will hold the plant upright.
Place the stem or leaf in the water so that the bottom part of the stem is submerged. Make sure the leaves are not touching the water, as this can cause them to rot.
Place the container in a bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause the water to heat up and harm the plant.
Change the water every week or so to prevent the growth of bacteria and algae. You can also add a few drops of liquid fertilizer to the water to help the plant grow.
Wait for the plant to grow roots and new leaves. Once it has developed a strong root system, you can transplant it into soil if desired.
Remember to monitor the plant closely and adjust the water level as needed. Happy growing!

Cacti are not native to Thailand, but they can still be grown successfully as houseplants or in outdoor gardens in certain parts of the country. Here are some tips for growing cacti in Thailand:

Choose the right type of cactus. Look for cacti that are adapted to tropical or subtropical environments, as these will be more likely to thrive in Thailand's hot and humid climate. Some good options include epiphyllums, rat-tail cacti, and holiday cacti.

Provide adequate sunlight. Most cacti need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day to thrive. Place your cactus in a sunny window or outdoors in a spot that receives plenty of sunlight.

Use well-draining soil. Cacti prefer soil that is porous and well-draining, as they are susceptible to root rot if their roots sit in water for too long. Mix sand, perlite, or pumice into your potting soil to improve drainage.

Water sparingly. Cacti are drought-tolerant and do not need to be watered frequently. Water your cactus only when the soil has completely dried out, and be sure to pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer beneath the pot.

Protect from pests. Cacti can be vulnerable to pests like mealybugs and spider mites, especially in humid climates. Check your cactus regularly for signs of infestation, and treat with an insecticidal soap if necessary.

Let it G R O W Chiang Mai Thailand, September 2021