Propagate and Grow Plants in Water

devil ivy cutting in water


Also known as hydroponics this is an easy, low maintenance method of growing indoor plants and a cost-effective way of propagating new growth, creating living sculptures or mini art installations that can be used as stunning centerpieces or as unique, personalised gifts.

Benefits of water propagation

Plants are less likely to be affected by disease and pests in a soil-free environment. The risk of killing your plants from overwatering and the need for constant watering is eliminated.  Our ceramic vases only need the occasional water top-up as evaporation is reduced by the narrow necks that support the stems of newly cuttings.  Additionally, it is best to grow cuttings in vessels that don't allow light to penetrate.  Not only does it mimic the soil, which means the roots will develop quicker, but it also restricts algal growth. 

It is best to use bottled spring water as tap water has been stripped of nutrients and is usually chlorinated.

Choose plants from our list that will easily root in water and cut just below the leaf where the plant’s natural rooting hormone is active.  Remove the leaves from the stem as they should not be submerged.  Ensure the fresh cuttings are placed in water immediately.  Take cuttings at the tip of the plant allowing only 2 or 3 leaves, this will promote growth without distressing the plant with too many leaves.

Devil's Ivy has visible root nodes along the stem.   Plants usually start rooting after about 2 weeks.  Peperomioide stems can be cut about two inches down from the leaf and placed in water.

You can create stunning arrangements and can even grow your own herbs that taste great and can be harvested year-round. Other plants such as Lavender and Rosemary provide your indoor environment with a calming, aromatic tranquility.


  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Mint
  • Lavender

Indoor Plants

  • Philodendron varieties such as Monstera Deliciosa
  • Devil's Ivy (Pothos)
  • Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperomioides)
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig
  • English Ivy
  • Geranium
  • Peace Lily
  • Spider Plants
  • Begonias
  • Chinese Money Plant
  • Coleus Plants
  • Succulents

 Succulents can also be propagated and grown in water.  View our blog called 'Save money by propagating plants' where we explain how you can easily grow succulents in water both indoors and outside.


propogate Pothos in water

1 comment

  • Hi, I love my philodendron in water that I found at a fete and got interested in growing other plants. However none of the articles I’ve read mention mosquitoes! Breeding in my bathroom!!
    Is there a way to deter them? Their life cycle is about 8 days, being adults for about half of that.

    Robyn Bailey

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