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Old 21-12-2006, 09:37 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Hello,

This question is from my wife...

She saw on a cable tv program some plants that were growing in a living
room in a nice water bowl, apparently these plants were very colorfull
and could live for long periods .. this is as much as I know.

I guess will be some pond plant that can be grown indoors... any idea?

This is one of the things that it is stuck in her mind, so I only have
2 solutions get these or sleep in the shed....

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Old 21-12-2006, 05:30 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Probably water lilies and plants like Veronica beccubunga,
Of course they can be grown in water indoors a very good way of doing so as
well
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Hello,

This question is from my wife...

She saw on a cable tv program some plants that were growing in a living
room in a nice water bowl, apparently these plants were very colorfull
and could live for long periods .. this is as much as I know.

I guess will be some pond plant that can be grown indoors... any idea?

This is one of the things that it is stuck in her mind, so I only have
2 solutions get these or sleep in the shed....



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Old 22-12-2006, 05:18 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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"mertin" wrote in message
This question is from my wife...

She saw on a cable tv program some plants that were growing in a

living
room in a nice water bowl, apparently these plants were very

colorfull
and could live for long periods .. this is as much as I know.

I guess will be some pond plant that can be grown indoors... any

idea?

The only very colourful plant that I can think of is Coleus. They
will grow for years in water but should really be in a pot in potting
mix.


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Old 22-12-2006, 08:07 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Farm1 writes
"mertin" wrote in message
This question is from my wife...

She saw on a cable tv program some plants that were growing in a

living
room in a nice water bowl, apparently these plants were very

colorfull
and could live for long periods .. this is as much as I know.

I guess will be some pond plant that can be grown indoors... any

idea?

The only very colourful plant that I can think of is Coleus. They
will grow for years in water but should really be in a pot in potting
mix.


I get the impression that the Op means the leaves were under water too!

There are some water plants which have deep red leaves



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Old 23-12-2006, 07:35 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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"K" wrote
Farm1 writes
"mertin" wrote
This question is from my wife...
She saw on a cable tv program some plants that were growing in a

living room in a nice water bowl, apparently these plants were very
colorfull and could live for long periods .. this is as much as I know.
I guess will be some pond plant that can be grown indoors... any

idea?

The only very colourful plant that I can think of is Coleus. They
will grow for years in water but should really be in a pot in potting
mix.


I get the impression that the Op means the leaves were under water too!
There are some water plants which have deep red leaves
Kay


Water hyacinth?
http://www.nbapms.org/

Jenny


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Old 25-12-2006, 11:52 AM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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mertin wrote:

... saw on a cable tv program some plants that were growing in a living
room in a nice water bowl, apparently these plants were very colorfull
and could live for long periods .. this is as much as I know.

I guess will be some pond plant that can be grown indoors... any idea?

This is one of the things that it is stuck in her mind, so I only have
2 solutions get these or sleep in the shed....


Hydroponics is crop production with mineral nutrient solutions instead
of soil containing silt and clay. Terrestrial plants may be grown with
their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only or in an inert
medium, such as perlite, gravel or rockwool. A variety of techniques
exist.

Plant physiology researchers discovered in the 1800s that plants absorb
essential mineral nutrients as inorganic ions in water. In natural
conditions, soil acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir but the soil
itself is not essential to plant growth.

When the mineral nutrients in the soil dissolve in water, plant roots
are able to absorb them. When the required mineral nutrients are
introduced into a plant's water supply artificially, soil is no longer
required for the plant to thrive.

Almost any terrestrial plant will grow with hydroponics, but some will
do better than others. It is also very easy to do; the activity is
often undertaken by very young children with such plants as watercress.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroponics

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Old 26-12-2006, 06:43 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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mertin wrote:
Hello,
This question is from my wife...
She saw on a cable tv program some plants that were growing in a living
room in a nice water bowl, apparently these plants were very colorfull
and could live for long periods .. this is as much as I know.


Found it. I had read an article about it not long ago. The plant you're
looking for is Alternanthera reineckii, with purple and red tinged
foliage. It grows really well totally submerged in a glass vase.
There's brazilian pondweed too, (which looks very much like the grass I
give to my gold fishes) and eel grass Vallisnera americana. Many others
can be grown like this - tepid tapwater is the only stuff that's
required too. HTH

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Old 27-12-2006, 02:32 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Thanks for your suggestions

I think that my wife is thinking more on something like a water lily or
lotus, but I never heard of these being grown inside in a water bowl?

thanks!
Happy 2007

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Old 27-12-2006, 03:41 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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"mertin" wrote in message
ups.com...
Thanks for your suggestions

I think that my wife is thinking more on something like a water lily or
lotus, but I never heard of these being grown inside in a water bowl?

thanks!
Happy 2007


There were some tiny water lilies shown at Hampton court Flower show (Last
year I think) they would grow in a very small water feature or maybe a bowl.
They were being sold by one of the firms that specialise in selling aquatic
plants. pygmaea alba and pygmaea rubra or something quite like that. needed
about 20cms depth of water, or so the man said, so might make a plausible
largish indoor water feature. I expect you could find them by googling. HTH

Gill M


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Old 27-12-2006, 11:40 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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"mertin" wrote in message
Thanks for your suggestions

I think that my wife is thinking more on something like a water lily

or
lotus, but I never heard of these being grown inside in a water

bowl?

???? From your first post, I got the impression that it was the plant
itself was what was supposed to be colourful. Water lilys and lotus
are only colourful when they flower which IIRC is once a year.

Where was the colour on this plant? Flowers or foliage? BTW you
could grow both water lilies in a water bowl but it'd have to be a
farily big one and I doubt that the light level in a house would be
sufficient to make them live for what I'd define as a "long period" as
specified in your first post. Outside they can be tough as old boots
and last for years in the right situation. Grill your wife a bit and
get back to us.


 




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