Water roots

lucille(Houston)July 13, 2008

I have heard the phrase water roots and I am thinking it refers to roots of violets started in water rather than mix?

Is there any reason that violets can't just be grown in water/pebbles if they do get roots that way?

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amany(MI / 6)

Hi Lucille.

Yes, water roots are started in water.

I grow my African violets in hydroton (clay pellets). They're thriving. If you do a search on this forum for hydroponics or hydroculture, you'll find a lot of information.

Should you decide to do it this way, dilute your AV fertilizer to about 1/10 of that is called for on the package instructions, and use it just about every time you water. I happen to use Eleanor's VF 11 plant food though. I just use the regular amount.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 9:17AM
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lucille(Houston)

I use hydroton in my terrariums, I have the hydroton and a layer of chunk coir on top and the plants do well.
Do you wick?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 9:23AM
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amany(MI / 6)

No wicking is necessary.

The pellets will wick the water to the roots as necessary by capillary action. Check out the waterroots.com website. It's excellent.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2008 at 10:25AM
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