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8 Plants That Grow In Water – No Soil Required

Houseplants can transform any interior space into a natural oasis. They create a sense of calm and purify the air you breathe, which positively affects your health. While most plants require soil to grow, there are some plants that grow in just water.  

Numerous plants thrive planted in a vase, jar, or bottle filled with water. They not only look beautiful but are also easy to care for and maintain. To help you choose something suitable for yourself, we prepared this list of the 8 best plants that grow in water.


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 the fertilizer, so the water is always rich in nutrients for strong growth.

Chinese Evergreen 

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. 


Philodendron’s second name is a 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 water’s temperature, its fertility, and chemical composition. 

Lucky Bamboo

Not many people heard about a Lucky Bamboo, and probably even less 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

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

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.

English Ivy

Growing English Ivy outdoor is a risky decision since this plant can be very invasive. However, once you plant it in the water, you can enjoy its beautiful leaves without worrying about their rapid spread. Also, note that this plant can be poisonous, so pay special attention while caring for it.

English Ivy prefers filtered or bottled water for the best growth. Fertilize it occasionally with a regular houseplant fertilizer by adding a few drops every now and then so it can stay healthy. 


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!