среда, 11 марта 2015 г.

An Eerily Beautiful Indoor Water Garden - Garden Therapy

An Eerily Beautiful Indoor Water Garden - Garden Therapy
An Eerily Beautiful Indoor Water Garden - Garden Therapy

how to make an indoor tabletop water garden

See more creative indoor plant projects here, here, and you won’t believe this one here!


Floating Pond Plants


There are a number of water plants that don’t require soil to grow. They are called “floaters” (for obvious reasons). Some floating plants, such as frogbit (Limnobium spongia), look like large clusters of tiny leaves that cover the surface of the water. In a glass water garden like this one, I prefer to use a large floaters, with long, graceful roots such as water lettuce (Pistia stratiote) or water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes).


water lettuce indoor garden

Materials


  • One large, cylindrical, footed, glass vase
  • Colored aquarium rocks
  • Ceramic fish
  • Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes)

Make it!


Start with a tall, cylindrical vase for this project. Wash it with soap and water, rinse well, and dry it to ensure that there are no unseen bacteria or fungus that can grow and taint your water garden.


terrarium rocks and glass vase

Add a layer of colored pebbles on the bottom of the vase. I chose a bright color, but you can choose any type of rocks or pebbles that suit your space. Fill the vase with water and let stand for 24 hours to allow the chlorine in the water to evaporate. The chlorine may cause the leaves of the plants to yellow, so it’s best to let it stay out overnight. Alternatively, use collected rainwater for your garden and you can plant it right away!


building an indoor water garden

You can add a couple of ceramic fish to the bottom of the vase but I caution you against adding real fish. While I have seen projects with goldfish or bettas, a vase is too small and the plants at the top actually limit the oxygen available to the fish. Read more about the safety of betta fish in plant vases here.


ceramic fish and terrarium rocks
Caring For Your Tabletop Indoor Water Garden

An indoor water garden like this doesn’t require much care. I mean, you certainly don’t have to water it! Well, you may have to top of the water now and then, and change the water if it becomes murky, but overall this indoor water garden is virtually maintenance-free.


Indoor water garden with water lettuce

Pond plants are meant to be kept in an outdoor environment. In my experience the last quite a long time in an indoor garden, but eventually they will need to be replaced.


DIY indoor water garden in a vase

However, if your practiced green thumb allows the plants to thrive so much that they multiply, you can move them to your outside pond or even make up another indoor water garden to give away as a gift.


Original article and pictures take http://gardentherapy.ca/indoor-water-garden/ site


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