The best plants for gel bead water

Updated February 21, 2017

Gel beads are type of plant medium that provides equal moisture for plants, both indoors and out. Gel bead granules expand when water is added and can retain moisture for up to seven weeks. Plants placed in gel beads slowly absorb water from the beads, keeping an even consistency of moisture within the roots. Plants that require very little maintenance can thrive in gel bead water when properly maintained.

Pothos Plant

Pothos is a common houseplant that requires indirect sunlight and little watering. A native plant from Malaysia, pothos thrives in temperatures of 18.3 to 29.4 degrees Celsius. The green heart-shaped leaves have white blotches or marbleised spots that are attach to thick stems. Pothos plants grow well in gel bead water, as beads provide sufficient moisture for roots and prevent root rot from occurring.

Variegated Spider Plant

The variegated spider plant is a subspecies of the genus Chlorophytum and is native to South Africa. This plant produces long, slender 8- to 15-inch green leaves with a beige stripe in the centre. Variegated spider plants require little watering and medium indirect sunlight. The variegated spider plant thrives in temperatures greater than 4.44 degrees C and propagates easily when well maintained.

Heart-Leaf Philodendron Plant

Heart-leaf philodendron is a houseplant with 2- to 6-inch dark green leaves. This plant grows best in moderately moist medium and bright indirect sunlight. Low humid temperatures are favoured by the heart-leaf philodendron, such as those indoors. It is native to southern Brazil and resembles the pothos plant, with the exception of the marbleised pothos leaves.

Lucky Bamboo Plant

Lucky bamboo is a favourite plant in both homes and offices for its low maintenance. This plant adapts well to gel bead water, since the roots are kept moist at all times. The lucky bamboo plant is native to Cameroon in West Africa and enjoys moderate indoor temperatures. It is best to keep lucky bamboo plants away from bright sunlight and gusty areas, as the plants can become damaged by immoderate temperature changes.

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