Plant Sitting in Water

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I dug up one crown from the pot of Calathea that I have been growing outside, washed the roots and put it into this pot, filled with just water and pebbles.



It's so clean and quite presentable too. Above all, I can now enjoy this beautiful tropical foliage in my kitchen as well ;-)

Meanwhile, I am glad that Bernie from My Dry Tropics Garden (thanks Bernie!) told me to put a plate of water with pebbles below the calathea. It has certainly helped my Calathea to grow well.


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16 comments

  1. I just got a pot of Calathea similar to yours from my neighbour. May I know what is the reason to keep a plate of water with the pebbles under the pot? Is it to ensure that the plant is constantly moist?

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  2. Hi JC, dry air can cause the tips of leaves to brown, so by placing a tray of water below (with pebbles! So that the pot don't sit in the water) is to release some moisture to the air to increase humidity level :-D

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  3. Water and pebbles are such NATURAL things to go with a plant. That looks extremely pleasurable :)

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  4. Wow ... your Calathea sure is looking great. It's wonderful you've now got a whole new plant ... they sure do love a moist and humid environment. No brown edges on either of them ... hope they continue to give you lots of enjoyment for a long time to come.

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  5. It looks neat and tidy. I am sure you will put abate or something to get rid of mosquito larvae. With such a beautifully coloured leaves, who need flowers.. ~bangchik

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  6. It is very pretty and neat. Do you change the water some times?

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  7. eine sehr hübsche Pflanze! Bei uns kann sie nur im Zimmer wachsen, draußen ist es sicher zu kalt, nur in diesem Sommer nicht!

    Schönes Wochenende wünscht
    Dörte

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  8. What a healthy looking plant! You have such a green thumb! :)

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  9. This calathea has lovely foliage. The white outlines look like it is from an artist's brush.

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  10. Really nice and hearty looking foliage - and the water/pebbles looks great! A cool look.

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  11. lotusleaf, actually the water dries up quite fast. I have to refill water once a week. I am amazed how 'thirsty' the plant and the environment can be. The other thing is, for a plant that hates wet feet, it can actually sit in water!

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  12. Nice calathea, Stephanie! I use this method for my gloxinia too, without pebbles.

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  13. That's so pretty! I've never tried it though. The foliage looks healthy! And I love your blog's new look!

    Steph...thank you for your words on my blog. Much appreciated.

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  14. I love Calathea but i haven't really planted them, as i choose plants which can be self supporting even during the dry season. Our Marantha can do that, but i agree Calatheas are prettier. I am about to 2nd Bangchik about mosquitoes, but you said water dries up fast. However, mosquito wrigglers easily become adults too. hehe.

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  15. I really didn't know that you can do that.
    I thought too much water will cause root rot especially this one which so often it contains balled shaped roots dangling all over.

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  16. I have not seen dangling roots yet. Will take note of this and potential mosquito problem. That's good to know and thanks for all your kind words. Have a great day!

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