What Are Aerial Roots?
Aerial roots are plants that grow from the ground up, rather than growing out of the soil like most other houseplants do. They are typically used as a decorative accent in homes because they look great with any type of decor. Some varieties such as aerial roots philodendron have been known to be very hardy and survive harsh conditions.
The term “aerial” refers to their ability to grow from the ground up. A common misconception is that they are related to insects or even birds, but these plants don’t actually have wings; instead they use air currents around them as a means of propulsion. These plants tend not to be invasive and can be grown in almost any climate.
How Do You Grow Them?
You can either purchase a commercial product that will allow you to grow aerial roots or you can grow them yourself. There are many different types of indoor plants that can be grown as aerial roots. Some examples include:
Pothos (Philodendron sp.) – Pothos is one of the easiest to grow and it’s often used in home décor because its bright colors make it stand out from other plants. Although it may seem like a vine, pothos is actually a type of philodendron.
Dracaena (Cordyline sp.) – Although dracaena may be hard to grow, aerial roots are fairly easy to achieve. You can buy starter plants that will allow you to grow an aerial root on the stem of the plant that comes out of the pot.
Saintpaulia (African Violet sp.) – An African violet is an example of a common houseplant, but there are some that have aerial root capabilities. You can choose to let it hang over the edge of your pot or keep it in the middle.
Monstera Deliciosa – Also known as the swiss cheese plant, this is not a common household item. It is native to Mexico and Central America and can grow up to 5 meters in the wild. The leaf is often compared to that of the corn plant except it has holes throughout.
You can also grow your own aerial roots at home using a few simple steps. Gather a few materials before you get started so you don’t have to leave the project and come back to find out you forgot something important. You’ll need some sand, clay and compost along with some water and a spray bottle. First, mix the sand and clay in a bowl then add some water to create a thick paste. Spread this paste on your plant of choice.
Next, you want to cover your plant with a moist t-shirt or cloth and secure it with a rubber band. Leave it like this for at least a week so the roots can grow through the cloth and into the clay mixture. Once you remove the t-shirt you will have created new aerial roots that you can display proudly in your home.
Should You Start One?
If you’re looking for an indoor project that is fun and easy, starting an aerial root is a good option.
You can find many different types of plants that are well-suited for aerial roots. African Violets are a common houseplant and they also work well with this technique. Pothos is another popular plant that you may recognize from many health food stores.
If you have some experience with gardening or plants in general, this is an activity that you can enjoy with the whole family.
Even if you don’t enjoy typical green plants, these colorful varieties are sure to pique your interest. The blossoms add a great touch to these plants and are sure to make your home feel more lively.
If you want to give an aerial root as a gift, it is unique enough to stand out while still being easy to find for the recipient.
Aerial roots are a great way to spruce up the inside of your home while still being easy enough for anyone to create.
Chapter 4: The Most Amazing Underground Gardens
When most people think of a garden, they think of flowers and other plants that grow above ground. However, there is an entire underground world that exists beneath our feet that is also teeming with life. While you may not see this type of greenery anywhere in your neighborhood, it is definitely worth looking into if you want to start your own garden.
You may think that growing plants underground would be detrimental to their growth, but thanks to LED technology and hydroponics, these plants can thrive without direct sunlight. All you need is a little patience, plenty of research and the right equipment to get started.
Many people think that starting an underground garden is too expensive or time-consuming. However, most of the steps are exactly the same as starting an above ground garden. You will need to pick your plants, prepare the soil and add the necessary nutrients. The biggest difference is how you water and maintain your garden.
When it comes to underground gardens, hydroponics is the name of the game. Plants still need soil to grow, but the roots don’t actually come into contact with it. Instead, the roots are suspended in a water-based solution that has all of the nutrients they require to survive. This allows for the roots to grow without rotting of the soil, which can cause various issues.
LED lights also play a major role in underground gardens because plants need sunlight in order to develop chlorophyll, which is what allows them to convert sunlight into energy. It also helps them grow and bloom. While LEDs can’t provide as much light as the sun, they help the plant remain healthy enough to survive and thrive.
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