Growing a Plant in Water

I am growing a plant in water. How do you keep the slime and mold out of the container.

Nancy from Austin, AR

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October 31, 20080 found this helpful

I find that you need to keep the water clean every other day, and also wash the roots that are growing. I also find not to use see through glass for some reason it does something to the water, so find a colored vase or container to us. Hope this helps.

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November 3, 20080 found this helpful

If you put a spoonful or so of aquarium charcoal (the kind used in a fish tank filter) into the container it absorbs the smelly stuff.

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November 3, 20080 found this helpful

It's the light interacting with the nutrient etc. in the water. If you use an aquarium pump to bubble oxygen into the water and use a dark container along with changing the water every few days the slime and mold will be kept at bay. Also because the roots are being fed oxygen they will be extremely healthy. You should be able to get some information on hydroponics.com it's called deep water culture. You're basically growing your plant hydroponically. Hope this helps.

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November 3, 20080 found this helpful

I've had success, rooting several clippings, from my philodendren this way. I use an old vase (from a floral gift) and just put plain tap water in it. Mine happens to be clear glass.

I do freshen the water, once a week. And, I use the kitchen sprayer, to hose off the roots - with a gentle spray. Don't forget to rinse out the vase too, as it can get gunky, if you don't. Once the clippings have decent root growth, I plant them.

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November 3, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you Lulu! I Have been having a terrible time with my husbands lucky bamboo. Not very lucky ha ha!

We have never had this type of problem with growing it before, but he found a tall square clear glass vase that he wanted to use. That is the only thing different, but I wouldn't have figured out that it was the clear glass!

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November 4, 20080 found this helpful

Change your water every week. Use running water to do this; letting it sit under a gently running tap for a few minutes.

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