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Aqua Bonsai 1 year 8 months ago #56990

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For time out of mind we have been saying that roots need air to breathe, and that soil should be well drained. Now BonsaiEmpire's home page has a thing about aqua bonsai, where a tree is in a little pot of water with absolutely no air. There is just something here that doesn't seem to go together.

Can somebody explain? What is the difference between keeping a tree in a glass pot full of water and keeping a tree in a ceramic pot with no hole?

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Aqua Bonsai 1 year 8 months ago #56991

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I think aquaponics are well known. Many plants CAN be grown in a water-saturated system once the roots have been adjusted for such environment. I thiknk the problem with plants in pots is that these are not grown to deal with it.

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Aqua Bonsai 1 year 8 months ago #56992

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Good question. I think there's a difference between soil that stays too wet and just water.
In soil, things can live that can't live in water alone.

Root rot can be caused by a fungus that lives in the soil. I guess it can't live in water alone. Same for certain bugs.

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Aqua Bonsai 1 year 8 months ago #57024

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I haven't tried aquaponics with bonsai before, but I do practice it with microgreens. I'm using a small hydroponic garden, it's neat, have a fish in the water tank too ( popular.reviews/indoor-hydroponic-garden...e_Roots_Water_Garden ) but this wouldn't be appropriate for bonsai, that's for sure. If any of you can recommend an aquaponic garden for bigger plants, I'd be grateful. Took quite a while to find this one, don't want to spend weeks searching online again, a few suggestions could help.

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