Water Propagation is easy and a frugal way to increase your indoor plant collection
Hello Plant Lovers!
So happy to have you here learning about having more plants in your world or better yet, sharing the plant love with a friend, family member or co-worker :) Water propagation makes is easy to grow your indoor garden easily.
Anyone (regardless of green thumb) can make a new plant baby with a clipping with little to no time or effort from you! My main Propagation station(s) are in my kitchen, kitchen & stairwell windows so I keep an eye on the water levels regularly and top up when needed.
Indoor plants are great company to keep. It's all about finding the low maintenance plant friends that work for you.
I like to use/find vintage and fun glass to use so many of our vessels are the bottoms of salt & pepper shakers, shot glasses, glass vessels given to us or that we've found when antique picking!
The best part of water propagation is you can always have new clippings rooting ready to add volume to a growing plant, ready for a friend, or preparing for an upcoming Plant Swap - stay tuned for more information soon on Creatively Rooted's first FREE plant swap!
5 Indoor Plants to Propagate in Water
POTHOS is one of the easiest and underdemanding houseplants. It's beautiful variegation with heart shaped leaves varies with colors like Golden (green/lime green), Marble Queen (green/white) or Jade (deep green/wide leaf).
A Pothos is easy to live with and likes bright indirect light to low light (but does not do well with bright light). It is a low maintenance plant that likes to be watered after a through drying, so every 5-10 days. Fertilize every month. I usually take a clipping of a healthy mother plant (under a Y plant joint of leaf trails) and place in water. You'll see the little nubs become roots when the clipping is placed in water. It is to be noted that the plant can cause irritation and vomiting if ingested as it calcium oxalates, although not likely fatal.
"PILEA" peperomioides or Chinese money plant or Lefse is a fun, unique, and easy to grow houseplant. It is only recently gaining worldwide popularity, and native to the Yunnan Province of China. Legend says that a Norwegian missionary Agnar Espergren brought the plant back home from China in 1946 and shared cuttings among his friends. No surprise, that the Chinese money plant is easiest to find in Scandinavia, where it is very popular but harder to find around North America.
It requires bright, indirect light, not in full sun. Be sure to rotate frequently to grow leaves evenly. As you water every 5-10 days you'll see new leaves pop up, and you'll also see babies called "pups" pop up too!
To propagate from a leaf, you must gently slice a pancake piece of the trunk along with a healthy leaf. When placed in water the roots will shoot out from the trunk piece into the water.
To keep the Mama Pilea growing tall, some snip off pups and place in water to allow it to root. This also sends all the plant energy to the Mama plant growing tall.
WANDERING JEW or Tradescantia pallid is named well before ou'd purchase this plant at a nursery, you'd receive a clipping from a friend, neighbour or coworker , and like the Jews from long ago, the wandering jew houseplant would travel from place to place. It is a stunning purple trailing plant, perfect for hanging baskets. It requires bright, indirect light so perfect for bedrooms where ours are in our Master & in my daughter's room.
Take a clipping under the joint of the leaf and place in a vessel in a sunny window and roots will form in no time. Plant trailing legs in with other clippings to increase fullness of plants. Mist to water every 5-10 days. Do not overwater and dry out completely before re-watering.
SPIDER PLANT or Chlorophytum comosum is named because of its spider like plants, or spiderettes, which dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web. The spiderettes start out as small white flowers and are available in green or variegated varieties.
Is a great beginner plant as it's so adaptable, growing in various conditions and thrives with well draining soil and bright indirect light. It wants dry soil between waterings and often turns brown from the build up of salt in the soil from the fluoride found in our water.
Large spiderettes can be placed together in small vessel with water to produce roots (to be later transferred to soil). They can also be placed in soil next to mother plant and once well rooted, clip the long web.
COLEUS is typically grown as an annual outdoor plant but will grow it's colorful green and red foliage indoors and fill out into whatever pot it's planted into. It likes bright morning sunlight, and indirect light during the afternoon.
Pinch off healthy tops and place in vessels of water to begin roots. Then place in soil and keep it warm and moist, never soggy.
The best part of water propagation is you can always have new clippings rooting ready to add volume to a growing plant, ready for a friend, or preparing for the upcoming FREE Creatively Rooted Indoor Plant Swap on October 6!
I currently have multiple clippings of all of these plants rooting in water in preparation (among other new babies, 2 Monstera leaves). I try to limit my trips to Mac Arthurs Nursery and have been dying to go to Blooms in Sackville as plants seem to follow me home, but I'm always on the look out for certain plants on my "To Get" List.
My "To Get" List:
- String of pearls (my grandmother grew one in her kitchen for years!)
- Pink variegated plant (so many beautiful variations of variegation out there!)
- Fig leaf plant
- Large Monstera plant
Tell me, which plant(s) are next on your "to get" list?