I have a big and still growing group of indoor plants that grow in water. I love and I spend all of my free time working around them because I appreciate their beauty.
However, because I don’t have a big yard, I decided to cultivate more plants that grow in water. Many lovely houseplants can easily grow in jars, vases, or just glasses full of water.
The best part? Only a few pests can harm these plants, so they’re easy to cultivate. If you want to know something more about plants that grow in the water, read on.
What Plants Grow Fast in Water?
Common indoor plants that grow in water include philodendron, African Violet, Baby’s Tears, Spider Plant, Wandering Jew, Celery, Lettuce, Peace Lily, and others mentioned below.
You can clip the stems of different tropical plants and place them in a jar or vase full of clean water and they will start to grow roots. It’s that easy!
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Let’s take a look at some popular indoor plants that grow in water and find the one that will embellish your home or office.
The most adaptable type of philodendron to grow in water is the heart-leaf Philodendron. You need to place a cutting long six inches in a jar of water, in a place with indirect light. To keep the Philodendron growing the water in the jar should be changed every 3-4 days.
If you want to grow African Violet in the water, you need to pick healthy and young leaves from the plant. Cut the leaves with steam long for about two inches and put them in a bottle with a narrow neck.
That way the leaves will be dry and suspended. The roots will start to form after 1 month. After that, a small plant of African Violet will form completely with the crown.
This plant has a small round leaf with green color and fleshy fragile stems that grow over flat surfaces horizontally forming a beautiful green carpet. You can use a few stems and put them in a glass jar to get a new baby’s tears plant.
The Baby’s Tears plant has a large number of leaves, so you should change the water every week to prevent the leaves from rotting.
When the roots are formed you can use less water and allow the plant to start growing. The roots will provide the moisture the new plant needs.
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Spider plant is one of the plants that can adapt easily to grow in water. It has striped green and white or green leaves. When the plant is mature, it provides long stems with star-shaped flowers.
After the flowers fall out, small plantlets which form roots take their place. Just place a small plantlet in the jar with water and it will start to grow. Growing a Spider Plant is very straightforward.
This is one of the most adaptable house plants to grow. There are three main varieties of wandering Jew plants, including pallida, zebrina and fluminensis. They feature leaves in different colors.
Pothos is also one of the easy-to-grow houseplants with heart-shaped green leaves, that can be variegated with yellow, pale green, or white striations.
Pothos grow very fast (12-18 inches in a month). However, it’s toxic for cats and dogs. If you still want to grow it in the water you need to cut a stem with 3 or more leaves, an inch below the leaf that is lowest on the steam.
Remove that leaf and put the steam in a jar of water, and leave it out of the water. The steam will sprout, develop roots after a few weeks and begin to grow.
You can find this plant in offices and homes, grown to bring good luck, fortune, health, and prosperity. It has braided stalks that can be trained to grow straight. Or you can leave them to grow free and make interesting swirls and shapes.
Lucky bamboo is a plant that doesn’t need any special care to grow. Just provide proper indirect light, warmer temperature, and distilled water.
You can grow lucky bamboo in a narrow vase full of distilled or bottled water. You can also use tap water, but it has to be left for about 24 hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate.
Don’t be surprised if the lucky bamboo starts to develop red roots after 30 days in the water. It’s normal. Lastly, this plant is toxic to pets, so keep that in mind.
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The Arrowhead plant is a climbing plant that grows quickly with proper care. Cut a stem and place it in a jar of water. Then, add fresh water to the jar twice a week.
After a few weeks, the plant will form small, new roots. Arrowhead is a popular house plant because of its ability to grow fast without any special care. It will make your living space more interesting.
Begonia is a plant that can grow both indoors and outdoors. There are more than 1,500 species of Begonia including hybrids. One type of begonia you can grow in water is Wax Begonias with leaf nodes that form roots very easily.
They look beautiful with their waxy leaves and flowers with red, pink, or white color. Just cut a string long 3-4 inches, with nodes.
Remove the leaves on the bottom of the spring and put them in water. Change the water in the jar weekly. When the roots start to appear you have a new Begonia plant.
You can easily grow this beautiful indoor plant with clusters of white blooms in water.
All you have to do is to put the bulbs in a glass container of water. You can also put marbles or pebbles around the bulbs to keep them stable. Wait 4-5 weeks and you will notice new roots.
Place the container into the sunlight, and it will start blooming. Just make sure that the level of the water is up to the bottom of the bulbs instead of submerging them. Otherwise, they will rot.
Caladium is a common plant with large, thin, and arrow-shaped leaves. They can be white, red, pink or green, mottled, striped, and veined.
This plant needs humidity and light, so it’s the perfect candidate for growing in water. Place it in a vase or jar with pebbles or sand on the bottom and add some non-chlorinated water.
Then, put it away from direct sunlight and change the water weekly or earlier if necessary. This plant will make a beautiful decoration for your desk or dining table.
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Alocasia, also known as elephants’ ears, has big arrows or heart-shaped leaves. It grows fast and provides a new leaf every 3 weeks.
To grow alocasia in the water, first, clean the roots from the soil, and place them in water. Keep the jar away from direct sunlight, and change the water weekly.
You can also separate the bulbs and grow the alocasia plant from these parts of the plant. Also, note that the leaves are toxic to pets.
Ti Plant has large, smooth, and flexible leaves and blooms with yellow, pink, white, and purple colors. To propagate this plant in water, cut a 5-8 inches long part of the cane, and put it in a jar of water.
The cane will develop roots and start to grow. Change the water when needed to keep it clean. If you’re a pet owner, keep in mind that this plant is toxic to pets.
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There are many different types of croton plants with different types of leaves including broad, oval, twisted, narrow, curling, and oak leaf.
To grow croton in water cut a 4-5 inches long stem. Remove the leaves, and place the stem in a jar of water. Submerge only one inch of the steam in the water. Change the water every three days. After 4 weeks the plant will grow new leaves and roots.
There are different types of Coleus plants with purple and orange leaves. The Coleus plant is easy to grow in water.
Take a cutting six inches long, remove the bottom leaves, and place the cutting in a vase or jar of water. After a few weeks, the roots will begin to form. To help the coleus plant to thrive add some compost tea to the water.
A blooming plant with strappy, long leaves and purple-blue flowers, the Spiderwort develops in clumps and you can use it to edge your garden or line up a pathway.
Unfortunately, the flowers last only one day. They’re opening in the morning and closing in the afternoon. Cut steam from the spiderwort plant and place it in a vase or jar of water.
You will get a new plant in just weeks.
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Sweet Potato Vine
This is a trailing plant that can easily grow 4-5 feet long. Sweet potato vine plants come in many colors and leaf shapes. The classic sweet potato vine plant has heart-shaped leaves with lime-green color.
However, the leaves can also have purple, burgundy, or bronze color. Propagating sweet potato vine plants in water is simple. You can do it with cuttings or tubers.
Cut a stem with few leaves. Remove the leaves from the bottom of the stem. Place it in a jar of water. After a few days, the stem will grow roots. Change the water every 2-3 weeks to prevent bacteria growth.
Dracaena plants come in different colors, sizes, and shapes. However, they all have one thing in common. Interestingly, their long leaves grow up and outward from the main stem.
Cut a stem from the dracaena plant, leaving only the leaves at the top of the stem, and put it in a glass jar or vase of distilled water. Change the water weekly, and after 2 months the stem will develop roots and become a new Dracaena plant.
Beautiful and easy to grow, Peace Lily comes in different types, sizes, and colors. It’s also one of the greatest air-cleaning plants.
Place the plant in a narrow vase with distilled water. Make sure that only the roots are under the water. Change the water weekly and top-up if necessary.
Impatiens have very beautiful blooms in different colors including red, pink, white, purple, violet, yellow, or coral color. They will make your living space more colorful.
Cut a few stems from the impatiens plant and place them in a jar of water. They will start to grow and develop roots. Make sure that they’re not in direct sunlight and change the water weekly.
These decorative plants have big, narrow, and oval leaves, and small stems. Lighter types of Chinese evergreen need more light (don’t put them in direct sunlight because their leaves can burn easily), while the darker types can grow in less light areas.
If you want to propagate this Chinese evergreen plant in water, cut a stem several inches long. Place it in a glass vase or a jar of water away from direct sunlight. After 3-4 weeks the stem will start to form roots. And your Chinese evergreen plant will start to grow.
Fennel is a vegetable member of the carrot family with green leaves and stalks and a big white bulb. You can use raw or cooked fennel in many salads, stews, sauces, and pasta with roasted meats.
Fennel is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, manganese, and potassium. If you like the crunchy texture and licorice flavor of this veggie, you can easily grow it in water.
That way you will always have fennel in your kitchen. Just cut a stalk 1-2 inches long with some roots, and place it in a shallow jar, glass, or bowl of water. Place it in a sunny place and change the water every 2-3 days.
You can also grow celery in water. It’s another healthy vegetable rich in vitamins like C, K, A, B, and minerals like folate and potassium.
Cut the bottom of the celery and place it in a shallow bowl or jar. Put the plant in a sunny place and change the water every 3 days. After a week you will notice small celery leaves grow from the center of the plant.
Lettuce is a type of leafy vegetable and a favorite ingredient in salads, wraps, sandwiches, and soups. You can easily grow lettuce in water and have it fresh whenever you need it.
All you have to do is cut the bottom of the lettuce and place it in a shallow bowl of water. Wait for about 2 weeks and make a salad with your homegrown lettuce.
Green onions also contain essential nutrients and you can consume both the green leaves and stalks. You can also use green onions in different dishes.
The best part? You can grow green onions in water and always have them fresh when you need them. Cut the green tops of the onions and put the white bottoms in water on a windowsill. After a week, you will have new green onions.
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All You Need Is A Little Water!
The list of indoor plants that grow in water is endless. And growing a plant in water isn’t rocket science. On the contrary, it’s easy and makes a great solution if you don’t have a large garden.
The best part? You will always have a beautiful and well-decorated living space and some fresh ingredients for your salads and other dishes.