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8 Amazing Indoor Plants You Can Grow in Water

Houseplants offer so many health benefits from purifying the air to bringing you closer to nature. They add beauty to any interior space and transform it into a natural oasis. While most plants require soil to grow, there are some plants that grow in just water. Often times, this is the method used for propagation.  

Beautiful herbs and plants thrive in glass containers filled with water. While they still need the basic growing requirements like proper lighting, they are easy to maintain and are disease and pest-resistant. Growing plants in water is an easy, fun activity that even kids can join in on. The fact that there is no soil makes it mess-free!


Pothos in Water
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Growing pothos at home is very easy, no matter if you grow them in a pot or water since these plants do not need a lot of care and do great in most conditions. There are many gorgeous photos to choose from, such as Golden Pothos, Jade Pothos, or Marble Pothos. 

If you provide them with proper conditions, they can live in water for up to several years. Keep in mind that water can easily run out of oxygen, so try to change it every one to two weeks, and don’t forget to add fertilizer, so the water is always rich in nutrients for strong growth.

Chinese Evergreen

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Chinese Evergreen, also called Aglaonemas, is another great plant you can grow in water if you are too busy to take care of it. This beautiful plant has leaves in different patterns and colors, such as yellow, pink, white, green, or red. 

Make sure to not grow Chinese Evergreen in tap water since it contains hard minerals like chlorine or fluorine that are harmful. Instead, spring water, rainwater, or distilled water, since they do not have any hard minerals. 


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Philodendron’s second name is Heartleaf due to the unique heart shape of its leaves. It is one of not many plants that can produce amazing bush while being grown in the water. It is a perfect plant for beginners because it does not require much care.

Even though growing Hearleaf in water is relatively easy, there are a few things you have to keep in mind for the best results, such as the water’s temperature, fertility, and chemical composition. 

Lucky Bamboo

Bamboo plant in water
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Not many people heard about Lucky Bamboo, and probably even fewer knew it isn’t really bamboo. However, since its stems resemble bamboo, it is why it is called that way. It has been a big part of Chinese culture, and it is said that it brings good energy to our houses.

Provide it with bright light, but do not leave it directly under the hot sun because it can burn. Change the water completely every 6 to 8 weeks, but try to add some of it as needed every 7 seven days. If your tap water contains plenty of hard minerals, do not use it. Instead, choose distilled or purified water. 

Spider Plant

propagation station with monstera cuttings and spider plants
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Spider plant is one of the most common houseplants, not by accident. It is a Feng Shui plant that not only looks gorgeous but is also a perfect natural air purifier. It does great both in soil and water and doesn’t need a lot of maintenance. 

To not burn its beautiful leaves, keep it out of direct sunlight and provide it with a little bit of shade. It is recommended to change the water every 5 to 7 days unless the water gets pale, then you should change it before this time interval. 

Wandering Jew

wandering jew in water
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If you love purple color, add Wandering Jew to your houseplants collection. It comes with zebra-striped leaves that will add a lot of life to your room. It is so easy to grow in the water that you can let your children do it so they can practice their gardening skills. 

It is best to put it in a place with the bright indirect sun so it doesn’t burn or bleach its beautiful foliage. Change the water every 3 to 4 days and make sure it doesn’t contain any salt or chlorine. If you want to use tap water, let it sit in an open container for one day.


ikebana coleus plant in water vase
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Coleus will add plenty of charm to your room with its colorful and serrated leaves. Its foliage can be red, green, or white, and it can live in your jar for an extended period. It’s a perfect plant for growing in water and making your house stand out. 

Add some water to the vase and put the cuttings inside, making sure none of the leaves touches it, so they don’t rot. Provide the plant with bright indirect sun, and change the water whenever it starts to smell bad.

To Sum Up

Instead of having dirt under your fingernails and a house full of pests and bacteria, you can grow houseplants in clean conditions. All you have to do is replace the soil with water. There are plenty of plants that do great in the water, and feel free to choose as many as you want from our list to change your room into a natural and mess-free oasis!

Let us know which plant you like the most, and as always, please share!