How to Propagate Plants in Water

Welcome, green thumbs and plant enthusiasts, to a bubbly adventure that will have you diving headfirst into the world of propagating plants in water!

If you're looking to expand your plant collection without breaking the bank or simply want to enjoy the mesmerizing sight of roots sprouting, this aquatically-inspired propagation method is perfect for you.

So grab your goggles and get ready to dive deep into the wonderful world of water propagation!


Why Choose Water Propagation?

Water propagation allows you to grow new plant babies from cuttings and witness the magical moment when tiny roots start to emerge. I have propagated SO many cuttings in soil and have waited a LONG time, just for nothing to happen! Sometimes no roots ever grew and I had no idea because I couldn't see what was happening beneath the soil. This is why I love water propagation because you can see exactly what is happening! Plus, it just looks really cool!

The Tools of the Trade:

To embark on this botanical journey, you'll need a few essential tools. Gather your cuttings (stem cuttings work best), a glass jar or container (because seeing those roots is half the fun), and, of course, fresh, room-temperature water. 

Clear containers are super fun because you can see the roots but in my experience, opaque vessels work best for growing roots faster! 

Selecting the Right Cuttings:

Not all plants are created equal when it comes to water propagation. Some plants, such as pothos, spider plants, and philodendrons, are water-loving champions, while others might not take to water as readily. Choose healthy, well-established plants with stems that can be cut into several inches in length, making sure each cutting has at least a few leaves.

Taking the Plunge:

Once you've gathered your cuttings, it's time to take the plunge! Trim the stem just below a node (the small, knobby part where the leaf attaches to the stem) and remove any lower leaves to prevent them from sitting in water. Now, place the cuttings in your glass jar, ensuring that the bottom part is submerged in water while the leaves remain above the waterline.

The Art of Patience:

Now comes the most challenging part—exercising your patience! Place your water-filled jar in a bright, indirect light spot. Remember to change the water every few days to keep it fresh and prevent the growth of any unwanted organisms. You may need to wait anywhere from a few weeks to a few months for roots to develop, depending on the plant species. 

Roots Take the Plunge:

After a while, you'll see the miracle of root growth! Tiny white tendrils will start emerging from the submerged part of the stem, reaching out into the watery depths. It's an awe-inspiring moment that reminds us of the resilience and tenacity of nature.

Transplanting to Soil:

Once your water-propagated cuttings have developed a good network of roots (around an inch or two long), it's time to transplant them into soil. Gently remove them from the water, taking care not to damage the delicate roots, and transfer them to a pot filled with well-draining soil. Give them a good drink and watch as they settle into their new home.

Depending on how long your cuttings have been in soil, it's important to keep your new plant watered a little more than normal to adjust to the soil. As your new plant adjusts to its new home, you can adjust to normal watering. 

Water propagation is a fun and easy way to grow new plants to keep or share with friends! Happy growing!

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