It may seem counterintuitive, but succulents can grow hydroponically. However, succulents typically require a weaker nutrient solution than other plants that are grown hydroponically.
Then, how do you grow hydroponic succulents?
Simply so, can succulents be grown in LECA?
Yes, Leca is great at regulating moisture throughout the pot. … Because of this, you can use Leca for very thirsty plants, but also plants that should be kept in a dry environment, like a Sansevieria or Succulent. So yes, Leca works for any plant.
Can you plant succulents in just rocks?
Succulents have unique adaptations that have made them hardy and versatile enough to survive a variety of harsh conditions. Therefore, your succulent should be able to survive on or in rocks so long as they have just enough soil to cover their roots.
And that’s really it! Once the roots form the succulent can continue living in the water as long as you provide it with a suitable container. Just mind that water roots and soil roots are very different from each other and a succulent that has adapted to living in water will most probably die if transplanted into soil.
Succulent plants sitting in wet soil are exposed to fungus and pathogens in the soil that introduce diseases to the plant, causing root rot. When propagating in water, the plants are not exposed to the pathogens normally present in the soil medium and therefore, they do not suffer from rot.
Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically
- Lettuce. Lettuce and other greens, like spinach and kale, may just be the most common vegetable grown in hydroponics. …
- Tomatoes. Many types of tomatoes have been grown widely by hydroponic hobbyists and commercial growers. …
- Hot Peppers. …
- Cucumbers. …
- Green Beans. …
- Basil. …
Growing a Succulent in Water
Far-fetched as it might sound, some people have been successful with succulent water propagation. The best candidates for this unusual growth are Echeveria and Sempervivum, of the Crassulaceae family. These grow as attractive rosettes and multiply easily.
LECA can even be added on top of soil to protect your indoor plants. By adding a layer of aqua clay balls on top of your potting mix you can also greatly reduce the risk of indoor plant pests. LECA is particularly effective against fungal gnats, as they hate landing on and laying their eggs on inorganic material.
Succulents grow best in a porous sandy potting soil, so amending your potting soil with sand is super important. You could use any type of sand, but to ensure fast drainage for succulents, I recommend buying a coarse sand rather than the really fine stuff.
Adding clay pebbles in the soil is a great way to regulate soil moisture. Water seeps into the pebble and accumulates there. … Just as for repotting, mix in about 10% volume to the soil mix used for planting your tree.