How to Plant Bulbs in Water

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When growing bulbs in water, the first rule of thumb is to make sure that the root is in water, but that the bulb is kept dry. Discover how a bulb will rot if left sitting in water with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on planting bulbs in water.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we are going to talk about how to plant bulbs in water. Now there's many different bulbs that can be grown hydroponically but there's a few rules that you should follow on how to grow them. And they are pretty simple. So first of all the rule of thumb when you are growing bulbs in water is you want to make sure that the root is in water but the actual bulb itself is dry. Because if the bulb sits in water it's going to start rotting. So you are not actually growing the bulb in water, you are growing the root in water. You can add gravel or you can put it right into a type of a vase that's got a top that the bulb can sit right on top of, and you'll find that it will grow right away. Now you can also use any type of container and put some gravel in it and then the trick is again is just to put the bulbs on top so that the root is wet but the bulb is dry, because you don't want the bulb to be sitting in water all the time. It will eventually rot. And so you just add water and it will grow more roots. And you can do that with pretty much any type of container. There's really no rules. You can grow them into leggo's you can grow them into anything that is recyclable, into sticks, into stones, into marbles. There's many different ways that you can grow bulbs right into water. There's many different ways that you can grow bulbs right into water but the trick is to keep the bulbs on the dry side and the roots wet. And you can add all different types of material and you will find that almost any bulb will grow that way.


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