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How to grow houseplants in water

Growing plants in water

Let’s be perfectly honest here: we all forget to water our plants sometimes. And for us who tend to travel, it is not uncommon to return to crumpled or flooded greenery due to faulty communication with the plant sitting. Yuk.

Anthurium houseplants are normally grown in soil, but they can also do really well in water

The solution is here! Dig the soil and grow your plants in water permanently. Reduced maintenance and, with the right vase, a wonderful centerpiece; what is there not to love?

Can plants grow in water?
The short answer? yes!

You probably feel the fact that you can take a cut from a plant and place it in water for it to grow again. This is called water propagation and it is a very popular way to produce more plants. When the cut has grown its own root system, most indoor gardeners move it to soil. But you don’t have to!

In many cases, houseplants can thrive in water indefinitely as long as you provide what they need to keep growing. This is called hydroponic is growing and it is fantastic because it creates a completely different way of showing your houseplants. Who doesn’t like greenery in a beautiful vase or bottle?

It is fascinating to be able to glimpse once what normally happens underground, to see the root system develop and grow in a glass container. In addition, as mentioned in the intro, hydropon cultivation is the perfect solution for those who have trouble sticking to a regular planting water plane.

So how do you go about growing your own pot plant (s) hydroponically? Fortunately, it’s pretty simple.

Dracaena cuts root in water

Take a cut

If you want to grow a pot plant in water, you can of course take a full grown plant out of the pot. If you thoroughly clean the roots from dirt it could probably be adapted to your feet sinking and continuing to grow.

To avoid the extra work of having to take a plant out of its existing container (and getting a brand new plant for free – bonus!) Is my preferred alternative propagation. This means taking a piece of an existing plant and placing the base in water. As mentioned earlier, you will soon grow a new root system and then continue to produce new foliage if you took the mow correctly.

The process of cutting is different from plant to plant. With vine plants such as Pothos and English Ivy you can only take a piece of a vine. Sucking plants such as Sansevieria or the popular Pilea Peperomioides can be propagated from the offsets they produce at their base. Some Begonians can be spread with just a small section of a single blade and Dracaena stems can be cut into lots of small pieces, all viable.

To find out the best way to take a cut from your plant, take a look at the full spread guide in the articles linked to in the above paragraph.

Tip! This landless method also works for herbs. This way, you get a beautiful center piece to display and use while cooking.

Root in water

Now that you have successfully got your cut, let’s move on to rooting it.

  • Start by choosing your container.
    It can be anything from a beautiful vase to an old bottle. Remember that if the container has a narrow neck that you may not be able to get the plant out of after it has been rooted, unless you are willing to sacrifice either the bottle or the root system, choose wisely!
  • Fill your container.
    If your tap water is of high quality, you can use it; If you think it is too full of chlorine / chloramine or if it has been filtered extensively (which removes all nutrients), you may want to go bottled or even rainwater instead.
  • Place the plant in the container.
    You may need to stabilize the stem to prevent it from tipping over and / or new growth becoming ever skewed.
  • Find a place for your plant.
    The right place is important! New cuttings generally do not like to be exposed to full sun and the water in a transparent vase can be heated up quickly. Light indirect light is better. Avoid draft and cold: a place that is warm (but not hot!) Gives the best results.
  • Have patience.
    The potted hobby is one that requires patience and this is no exception. You may start to see root growth in as few days if it’s summer time and you chose a powerful grower. If the plant is a slow grower and it is winter hibernation, you probably have to wait longer.

Polyscias Fabian cutting that has grown new roots

Maintenance and problems

If you followed all the steps above, you would now have a happy cutting that works hard to produce the new root system. Hurray! The advantage of growing houseplants in water is that they require very little maintenance, although there are still some tasks to keep on top.

  • Water is changing.
    The plant absorbs nutrients from the water in its container. Leaf or root pieces can die off and cause water. All this means that it is a good idea to make water changes regularly.
  • Fertilizer.
    You should not add any fertilizer to your cutting if it is still at the beginning of forming a root system. Later, however, you can add a few drops of liquid houseplants when you do a water change. Or better yet: use dust – or aquarium water! Your plant will love the nutrients found in fish waste.
  • Algiers.
    Do you see algae? Your plant may get too much light or you will exaggerate it on the fertilizer. Although algae growth is not necessarily a problem, it can be unsightly and also difficult to remove if you cannot remove the plant from the container. Fortunately, it is usually enough to cover the glass for a week or two to starve the algae from the light to get rid of it.

A pineapple top can be rooted in water and will continue to grow.

Is it something you might try? Maybe you already do that? Let us know in the comments below.

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