How to Make an Indoor Water Garden

If you are looking for a new way to display your plants in your home, creating an indoor water garden could be a great project for you.

Growing plants in water are great for both beginners and seasoned gardeners. Plus, it's one of the easiest ways to care for your plants indoors - you'll never have to worry about over or overwatering!

There are three main types of aquatic plants that you can use in a water garden.

They include the "Truly Aquatic" (Submerged Plants) - The entire plant, including roots and foliage, is completely submerged in water.

And the "Semi-aquatic" (emergent plants) - the roots of these plants grow in the water, while the foliage extends above the surface of the water.

There are also "Floating Plants",  These plants live on the surface of the water and are considered "floating". Their root systems are small and shallow.

Learn how to create an indoor water garden with these five easy steps.

What are you going to need

Equipment tools

  • Toothbrush
  • Rag or cloth


  • Clear glass container
  • Rocks / pebbles
  • Plants
  • Food for aquatic plants
  • Filtered water

1.Choose your plants

The type of plant you select for your indoor water garden depends on how you want it to look.

Popular "true" aquatic plants include Java moss, Java fern, Amazon sword, anarcharis, and anubias. If you prefer the look of semi-aquatic plants, many popular houseplants - such as pothos, philodendron, lilies, spider plants, English ivy, and more - can easily transition to water-based root growth.

Similarly, popular floating plants include duckweed, duckweed, water hyacinth, and Amazon frog.

2.Choose your container

Any type of glass container will work for a covered water garden as long as it is waterproof. Feel free to get creative - you can use pots or vases you already have, or take a look at a thrift store for cheap glass containers.

The size and shape of the container will depend on the type of water garden you hope to do. If you plan to use real aquatic plants, you will need a container large enough to hold the entire plant.

Alternatively, if you plan to use semi-aquatic plants or floats, you will only need a container that fits the roots or base of the plant, so you can use more shallow styles.

3.Clean the roots of existing debris

Regardless of the type of plant you choose for your water garden, you will need to thoroughly clean the roots of all existing debris before creating your water garden.

Not only does it help keep the water clean, but it also ensures that the roots can fully transition to the water. Take your time here and be careful not to break too many roots.

An old toothbrush or cloth can be a great way to help remove stubborn stains. After removing all debris or dirt from the roots, carefully place them under running water to make sure they are completely clean.

4.Pot plant in a container

Once your plants are clean and ready, it's time to set up the water garden. If you are using floating plants, this step can be skipped as you will be adding water to your container before adding the plants.

If you are creating a water garden with real aquatic plants, you will need to use rocks or pebbles (aquarium stones are a great and inexpensive option) to weigh the base of the plant in the container.

Place the plant in the bottom of the container and gently add the stones until the base of the plant is firmly attached.

It is important that the canopy of the plant is not completely covered with stones, as this will hinder the growth of the roots. Keep the top of the root slightly exposed.

If you are using semi-aquatic plants, you will need to place the plant roots in their container and hold them in place before adding water.

You can use rocks and pebbles for this if you want, or you can allow the roots to grow all over the container; it mainly depends on what look you are looking for.

5.Fill the container with water

Once you are happy with your arrangement, it is time to add water to your garden.

Filtered water should be used here for the health of your plants; If you are using tap water, let it sit overnight to allow the chlorine to evaporate completely.

Also, make sure the water is at room temperature; Too hot or too cold can affect your plants. After this, you can decorate your garden as you like.

We hope you enjoy this video about how to create an indoor water garden:

Source: Garden Answer

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