This might just be the easiest and most foolproof way to grow indoor plants: in glass bottles filled with water!
I love to bring nature into our home in every possible way, however, it is not always easy to keep our growing number of indoor plants well watered, especially when life gets busy!
After growing many indoor plants without soil successfully for the last few years, I am excited to share with you this simple method to grow house plants that works wonders!
We will look at how to grow indoor water plants, names of plants that grow easily in water, and lots of helpful tips. If you are drooling over all the gorgeous propagation stations with glass bottles and healthy houseplants in water, let’s begin!
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Can you grow plants in just water?
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Many plants can be propagated easily from stem cuttings in water. A lot of them will continue to grow and thrive in water filled vases and bottles. In fact it is one of my favorite ways to grow plants! Look at how happy and healthy these plants are!
After growing a lot of plants in water, I have found the easiest to be any kind of Pathos, or Sansevieria / Snake Plant cuttings like in this tutorial!
What do you need to grow indoor water plants?
Glass bottles make it really easy to see when plants need more water. Once a month or two, I sprinkle a little All Purpose Organic Plant Fertilizer in the water to feed the plants.
What kind of plants can grow in water?
Many popular indoor plants will grow in water without soil. Dieffenbachia, Spider Plant, Pathos, English Ivy, Wandering Jew, Tradescantia / Purple Heart, Sanseveiria / Snake plant, ZZ plant, and Monstera deliciosa are some of the easiest houseplants to grow in water.
You can even grow vegetables and herbs in water, check out some of the best kitchen scraps to regrow!
Some plants can grow short term in water. It is best to either transplant them in soil after a few weeks or months, or start fresh new cuttings in water.
These short term water garden plants include Sweet Potato Vine, Begonia ” Dragon Wing”, Coleus, and Fiddle-leaf Fig.
Begonia is one of the few flowering indoor plants, it flowers 9 months of the year! This Begonia loves a bright location out of direct sun.
Spider plant is one of the best air purification indoor plants according to NASA, it’s also one of the easiest. The beautiful variegated foliage is great for brighten up our homes.
Many cultivars of small leaf ivy plants are great for indoor gardens. “Glacier” has white and green patterns on the leaves, so does Epipremnum aureum “Jade and Pearl”, aka Jade & Pearl Pathos.
Native to Central America, Wandering Jew plants are absolutely stunning with deep purple foliage. The purple intensifies if the plants get a little bit of morning or evening sun.
Sweet Potato Vine is a vigorous grower that comes in shades of chartreuse or purple, it can drink up the water faster than any other plants here. So give it a big jar.
A Sweet Potato stem cutting will root in water in as little as two days! Because it is so vigorous, I found that it does better in soil long term, You can always grow fresh cuttings in water for some colorful accents.
The beautiful foliage plant in the front left is Coleus, native to south east Asia and Malaysia. Super easy to root, and so many color variations to choose from.
I discovered how long these beauties can live in water while trying to propagate Fiddle Leaf Fig from cuttings and even a leaf, which you can read all about it here.
Although the long term goal is to plant your Fiddle Leaf Fig tree in a big pot, it does not hurt to have some cuttings growing in water for 3 to 6 months, right?
Among these 12 easy care houseplants that also clean indoor air, more than half of them will grow in water.
Happy growing! See you next week!