My childhood life was quite an experiment revolving mostly on outdoor activities than it would indoors. Helping my folks around the kitchen was one of my greatest hobbies because I knew I would pick a few things to play and explore in my little lab.
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For example, I could pick carrot tops and drop them in empty margarine dishes filled with water and leave for a few days just to see what will happen. The excitement of finding green leaves emerging was immense and kept me going on and on with my little experiments.
Interestingly, my little experiments sailed through my adult life and discovered that there are more beautiful plants that can be grown in water vases and kept inside the house. But instead of dropping them in margarine tins of random dishes, I found cute clear vases and jars which also beautify my living space.
So if you were looking for indoor plants that can be grown in water vases, you reached your destination, let’s explore!
1. Wandering Jew
The leaves of this plant grow either in colors of purple or zebra-like strips, but both are well adapted for houseplant life. If stored in a water-filled glass vessel, the centerpiece creates a beautiful view in rooms with moderate lighting.
Coleus plants are easy to grow and maintain, primarily when grown in jars. Basically, you need cutting of about six-inch with no leaves at the bottom four inches. Place this cutting in a beautiful mason jar filled with water with some little compost tea and let it stay for weeks. You will notice roots start forming after some time.
These plants come in varieties of colors including purple, orange, and chartreuse leaves. The colorful leaves can make the coleus flower a beautiful addition to your space in glass jars. They can be best placed on tables with no direct sunlight..
The philodendron plant is so immortal and can never let you down if grown in jars of water. It’s easy to plant and grow as you will only need a six-inch cutting in a water-filled glass jar. Add some charcoal to this jar to prevent algae formation or rotting.
Place this jar in an area with enough lighting but away from direct light. For upkeep, always change the water every 3 to 4 days for better growth.
Impatiens adore water and can grow in for quite a long time. Growing them involves removing all the lower leaves of its cuttings and submerging them in water.
After some time, this cutting will develop rooting and grow as the parent plant. You can then transfer them into beautiful vessels and place them in your desired space within the house, of course with lighting.
Begonias have a thick and succulent stem, making them ideal for your indoor water vessel plant. There are several types of begonia, including Rex Begonias and Tuberous Begonias which can all grow in water. Hardy wax begonias have knobby leaf nodes and easily form roots.
You only need a begonia plant with a single leaf to start a parent plant. Rooting takes time so it will be necessary for you to change the water weekly to prevent rotting.
6. African Violet
To get a healthy African violet plant for the indoors, you need to select and cut young healthy leaves. Planting these young leaves in vases of water will sire a parent plant with solid or multi-colored violets.
Cut about 2 inches of the stem and place in narrow-necked jars which will keep the leaves out and dry. It will take about a month for the roots to start forming and eventually the parent plant.
7. Lucky Bamboo
Lucky bamboos can bring a forgiving nature feel into your home. It’s one of the best indoor plants that can be grown in water with its hardy stalks highlighting the beauty of your space.
Place the stalks in narrow vases and surround them with colorful gravels to ensure support and firm placement. You can be more creative and train the stalks into spirals or woven shapes. This will beautify your living much more.
8. Spider Plants
Spider plants can grow really fast. After rooting, transfer them to a glass jar and keep away from direct sunlight. Keep this changing this water every 2-3 days to avoid bacterial infection and rotting.
9. Baby’s Tears
This is a creepy plant with tiny leaves that form a dense but delicate trailing mat. If you want to grow this, pluck few stems and immerse in a water vase.
As they grow, some of the numerous leaves that have submerged may start rotting. To be safe, change the water weekly to remove the floating leaves and adjust water levels, especially after the roots start forming. .
10. The American Evergreen/ Arrowhead Plant
This is yet another easy plant to grow indoors. The arrowhead plants love bright lighting but should not be placed in direct sunlight as they will bleach and lose their beautiful green color.
The plant can be trained to grow towards the desired direction on a pole or trellis, which also gives it support. Remember to change the water every few days to avoid rotting.
11. Paperwhite Narcissus
This plant grows very fast and is one of the easiest to grow. To grow them, fill a clear glass jar with quarter-way gravels and seashells for extra beauty.
Next, arrange paper-white bulbs closely and add more gravels for firm placement. Add water up to the base of the bulb but avoid wetting them.
It will take about 4-5 weeks before it starts blooming” place in a bright area but away from direct sunlight. Always remember to rotate it to prevent the plant from leaning towards the light.
12. The English Ivy
English ivy can grow and spread very fast. Take cuttings of about 4-5 inches and place them in your desired vases. Remove the bottom leaves, which might accelerate rotting but remember to change this water every week.
This plant is easy to plant and maintain and can quickly adapt to growing in water. It’s best grown in narrow jars with chlorine or fluoride-free water. Cut stems of an extended stem and drop them in the water jar.
Give it some time, and you will notice the rooting and finally the growth of the new plant. To keep it in shape, always prune the excess canes and change its water regularly to avoid rotting.
The plant has a glossy heart-shaped green leaf but sometimes mixed in other colors of yellow, white, or pale green. It’s one of the easiest house plants to grow because it can do well even with the least amount of light.
To grow them, get a cutting of about 30 feet and place them in your favorite jar with water and give it time to root. The plants can get leggy so it will be better if pruned. The pothos vines can also be secured with a hook along a wall for a more defined look. Remember to change the water weekly to allow the free flow of oxygen level.
The croton plant has the boldest foliage covered in green, scarlet, orange, and yellow splotches. If you choose to keep this in your home, get cuttings of about 4-6 inches.
Remove the bottom leaves and submerge them in a vase of water. The cutting will start rooting after a few weeks and finally the queen plant. For maintenance, change the water weekly to avoid rotting.
Several herbs can be grown in your house and most importantly, in your kitchen area. This includes green onions, celery, mint, fennel, just to mention a few.
You need to take cuttings or tubes of these plants, depending on their nature, and place them in a jar of water. Keep changing the water weekly to avoid rotting and improve the flow of oxygen within.
How to Grow Plants in Water
Step 1: Plant Identification
The first thing to do is to identify a plant that can grow in water. And some of the plants are already mentioned in the article.
Step 2: Take a Cut From an Existing Plant
Take enough size on your existing plant by cutting the leaf below a node.
Step 3: Choose a Vase for Your Plant
Choose a glass vase that can hold the plant upright.
Step 4: Find a Place for It
Place the plant at a bright and room temperature that doesn’t change often. Meaning you should avoid placing it on places that have aircon and heaters.
Step 5: Wait for it to Grow
Change the water weekly for the first couple of months. Water from the tap is great as it has oxygen in it. When the roots have formed you can move them to the soil if you want or you can keep them growing in the water by replacing the water monthly...
You can bring breathtaking nature to your home if you plant any of these cultivars. Different plants have different measures when it comes to growing and maintaining, choose what suits you in terms of management and style.
Interestingly there are many more types of indoor plants that can be grown in water vases. Have you planted any of these cultivars in your home? Which other plants are working for you? Feel free to share in the comment section below..