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How to Propagate Plants in Water – The Complete Guide

Rooting is one of the easiest ways to propagate plants and using this process will help you to have more plants in your home too. To create another mini green house, you don’t need to be a green thumb. Simply, increase your indoor collection of plants with your own water propagated plants.

Self propagated plants are perfect low cost and great to gift your near and dear ones especially if they are plant lovers. Well, what is propagation? How it helps plants for their growth? Did all plants easily propagate in water? Want to know all these answers? If yes, keep on scrolling!

What Is Plant Propagation?

Plant propagation is nothing but taking a stem or a leaf from a healthy plant and using it to grow a new plant. It can be done in three ways, in water, soil or through the process of air layering. 

What Is The Use Of Propagating Plants?

Apart from growing your own plants without taking out single penny from your pocket, here are some reasons why you need to propagate your plants.

  • When plants grow too large they need to be pruned, so propagating those pruned pieces results in making new plants.
  • If you accidentally broke a piece of your favorite plant, don’t worry. Let it root and plant it back in with mother plant.
  • Create family heirloom plants. Select favorite plant and take a part propagate it, and pass it on to next generation.
  • Having propagation station in your home makes wonderful living home décor feature.
  • A plant that is lost cause, it can easily save through propagation.

Plants That Can Easily Propagate In Water:

Many houseplants can easily grow roots when propagated in water. Below is a list of easy to propagate plants:

  • Pineapple Plant
  • Angel wing Begonias
  • Hoya Plants
  • Pothos Plants
  • Sansevieria aka Snake Plant
  • Mostly all succulents
  • Herbs like basil, rosemary, lavender and mint
  • Christmas or Easter cactus
  • Rhaphidophora tetrasperma aka Mini Monstera
  • Zamioculcas Zamiifolia aka ZZ plant

How To Propagate Plants In Water:

What You Need:

  • Small glass jar or bottle
  • Scissors or pruning shears
  • Room Temperature water
  • Plant cutting

Instructions To Follow:

  • Select a plant which is healthy and start with cutting that is three inches long with several sets of healthy leaves.
  • Vining and trailing plants have root nodes just below each leaf, you need to cut below the lead node where roots will grow.
  • Take a jar or bottle and fill it with room temperature water and place your cuttings in it while they are still fresh.
  • Place the jar or bottle in a windowsill where it gets plenty of indirect sunlight.
  • Some plants take lot of time and some will root quickly. So, patience is key, you have to wait until you see roots for your cuttings, don’t give up easily.
  • Don’t forget to change water often to encourage for their growth. Once you see roots, pot your cuttings in small planter with fresh soil and start regular care for your plants.

How To Propagate Succulents?

When you cut the leaves from succulents, allow them to dry over few days. Now, fill a small bottle with narrow neck with water and put the leaf or stem cutting in. If the opening of your bottle is too large, just cover it with plastic wrap and poke holes in plastic and stick the cuttings through.

As a matter of fact, not every cutting will grow in to new succulent. So, it’s better to propagate few cuttings at once. Now, you will know that some survivors still there! Once you see the roots, gently remove the leaf from water and plant it in succulent soil.

For stem cuttings you want healthy root system to grow before plant in the soil.

Can You Leave Your Houseplant Cuttings In Water?

Of course YES. You can keep your water rooted plants growing in water. This process is called hydroponic gardening. However, often they need some liquid nutrients to sustain. Other than that you should watch out for algae, if your plants are placed in direct sunlight.

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