How to make an orchid live without soil? How to keep it in a glass vase?

Orchids, with their timeless beauty, have always graced our homes. But did you know these plants can thrive without soil, and instead in water? Let’s delve into the captivating world of hydroponic orchids, commonly referred to as water-grown orchids

Understanding Hydroponic Orchids:
Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water, without soil. When we talk about hydroponic orchids, examples like the Phalaenopsis orchid come to mind. Often showcased in decorative vases, they thrive in water, with roots that breathe freely, much like their natural habitat. The Kolibri orchid, with its stunning flowers and roots, is another great example. Growing them in transparent vases not only highlights their blooms but also their intriguing root systems, adding an aesthetic touch to your décor.

Guide to Growing Orchids in Water:

If you’re intrigued by the idea of growing orchids in water, follow these steps:


Begin by removing the orchid from its pot.

Eliminate moss and bark particles.

Detangle the roots gently and rinse them.



With sterilized shears, prune any discolored or rotten parts.


Place your orchid in a container with water. Some hydroponic enthusiasts prefer to add clay pebbles at the bottom for root support and to elevate the plant crown. This can prevent root rot.

Others keep their orchids submerged, changing the water bi-weekly, or opt for periodic soaking – immersing the orchid for a few days, then letting it dry.



Regular monitoring is key. Observe your orchid’s health and adjust care accordingly.

Caring for Your Water-Grown Orchid:

Growing an orchid in a glass vase or container is straightforward:

Ensure the orchid roots are submerged in about 3 centimeters of water. Let it sit for a week. By the end, the water should be nearly depleted.

Replenish with another 3-centimeter layer of water. Be wary of overwatering, which can lead to root rot.



If the water depletes in under a week, delay the next watering.

Ensure the orchid’s central spongy part (or cap) doesn’t touch the water.

While orchids love light, avoid direct sunlight. It can scorch their flowers and leaves.

In conclusion, water-grown orchids can be a stunning addition to your home. Their care is different from traditional methods, but with observation and love, they can flourish and beautify your space for a long time.

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