Waterball Garden Update
July 16, 2010
Last month I posted on setting up a waterball garden using polyacrylamide decorative gel. The waterballs had a wonderful, whimsical look so I used them to set up three vases of cuttings. The gel works well and I have no complaints as far as starting non-edible plant cuttings. They are quite pretty at first. Pictured to the right are the crystal balls fully hydrated, shimmery and quite appealing. Pictured to the left is one of the vases planted with pothos cuttings. Cuttings need suitable light for rooting. Within a couple of weeks the waterballs started discolouring with signs of algae. By the time good roots were forming the waterballs were not as aesthetically appealing as they could be. I plant on planting the rooted cutting in soil then will clean the waterballs through a series of fresh water washes. I will use them again for rooting but in all honesty I think the waterballs are better for short term, fresh plant use for centerpieces and decorative elements. I do like that no watering is necessary during the rooting period though so while the waterballs don't keep their great crystal looks while rooting they are still rather useful.