If you love plants but find yourself short on time or lacking the means to deal with soil, you’ll be delighted to discover a variety of plants that can thrive in simple water-filled vases.

Often, due to limited space or time constraints, we may hesitate to bring plants into our homes. Cultivating plants in water-filled vases minimizes the care required for them to grow healthy and robust.

Here’s a list of 19 plants that can be cultivated in water, followed by instructions on how to ensure their longevity.

  1. Pothos (Epipremnum)
  2. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
  3. Avocado (grown from seed)
  4. Basil
  5. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  6. Begonia
  7. Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium)
  8. Anthurium
  9. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
  10. Aloe Vera
  11. Wandering Jew (Zebrina pendula)
  12. Maidenhair Fern (Hemionitis arifolia)
  13. Common Ivy (Hedera)
  14. Lavender
  15. Monstera
  16. Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)
  17. Philodendron
  18. Sage
  19. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

How to Grow Indoor Plants in Water: Root Method

If starting with a whole plant, the first step is to remove as much soil as possible from the roots. Place the plant under warm running water and rinse the roots thoroughly.

If you can’t remove all the soil, don’t worry; you just need to change the water frequently during the initial days.

Propagation with Cuttings

Get a clean, sharp knife, room temperature water, and a glass container. Cut 5-6 inch cuttings from your mother plant, right below a node (where leaves connect to the stem), ensuring to disinfect the knife.

Fill the glass vase with room temperature water, leaving a few inches of space. Place the cutting in the vase, making sure the nodes are fully submerged in water.

Put the vase in a location with plenty of indirect light, avoiding sudden temperature changes and direct sunlight. Wait for the roots to form.

Fertilizing Water-Grown Plants

The primary function of soil is to provide plants with essential nutrients. When cultivating plants in water, the challenge lies in supplying the necessary nutrients.

You can use diluted liquid fertilizer in water every 1-2 months. If you have an aquarium at home, you can use the water to provide your plant with most of the nutrients it needs.