7 Best Indoor Plants That Can be  Grown in Water

By Dr Soma Patnaik, 23 May 2022

As kids, it was fun to emerge carrot tops in water and see its leaves emerging after some days. Similarly, there are many indoor plants that are adapted and genetically designed to produce leaves both in the soil as well as in water. This is nature’s survival and propagation technique for some plant species. So, here we list out some of nature’s wonderful indoor plant species which can survive in water and can be propagated easily. 

Lucky Bamboo

The tough hard stalks of lucky bamboo need no soil to grow, these can become wonderful focal attractions in your space even if water. While propagating the growers can give a twist to the stems using spiral wires/ wooden shapers designing it in different spiral and woven forms. These extensions don’t hinder the growth of the plant in any manner. Stones/ Pebbles/ gravels/ stones can be placed along the plant in the container to keep it erect and stand well. These plants can also be created into clustered bundles using wires and shapers in layers to give different designs/ looks. This plant is a great ornamental as well as a lucky addition to your collection as per various architectural sciences like Vastu and FengShui. This plant adds a statement to the space when placed in clear jars/ containers along with the other accessories. Periodically replace the water to avoid foul smell or creation of slimes on roots and place it in a well-lit area to enjoy its green foliage. 


This tropical plant with serrated leaves is a wonderful indoor plant which can be easily propagated in water vases and glasses. It gives a statement look when placed as a centrepiece. This low maintenance plant is native to Central America, hence it can thrive easily in a humid and warm environment. This plant remains evergreen round the year and goes well both indoors as well as outdoors. To propagate it in water, cut a stem from the node and place it in the jar upright in a tall and narrow jar. Place this jar in a place with bright indirect sunlight, too much sunlight can lead to the yellowing of leaves. Keep changing the water every 3- 5 days and have a check on the roots, liquid fertilizer can be added for better growth of the plant. Keep pruning the aerial roots and replace bigger containers if required.  


The easiest ornamental way to propagate this beautiful indoor plant without messing up with soil is propagating it through the water. This plant has beautiful elongated heart-shaped leaves. The shiny elephant ear-like leaves add grace and beauty to the space. This tropical plant comes in various shapes, shades, textures and variegation. For propagating Alocasia in water, separate the baby plants from the existing potted ones, clean the roots and place these baby plants in a clean vase/ bowl filled with fresh water along with stones and gravel to keep it balanced and straight. Put in a place with bright indirect light. Change the water weekly and prefer dechlorinated water, add some liquid fertilizer and replace the plant for proper growth. This plant enhances the beauty of space when kept as a centrepiece. Use transparent, narrow, tall vases or jars to place these plants in dining, desks, tabletops etc to give an exquisite look to the space. 


The glossy heart shapes leafy vine grows really well in water. It can be placed in a clear vase or fishbowl by putting a stem cutting and placing it in a bright place. Remove the leaves from the submerged area of the stem. In 2-3 weeks’ time, you can find new tender roots developing from the stems. When new leaves start to appear, place the container on the wind sill or on a shelf and the beautiful lustrous leaf cascade. Change the water periodically to maintain the proper oxygen level. Add some Epsom salt while changing the water to increase the shine and lustre of the leaves. Pothos in water can also be placed in bedroom and living spaces as it increases the oxygen content of the atmosphere.


With the innumerable varieties of coleus being introduced in the market every season, it is easy for the grower to create a complete landscape using the colourful, splashy, chartreuse leafed tropical plants. The popularity and demand for this indoor plant have gone up with time due to its vibrancy. But these plants are very easy to propagate and grow. These plants can be easily grown in water. For propagation take a 6” stem cutting, remove the leaves from about 4” from the stem and place it in water. In around 2-3 weeks’ time, you can find small roots shooting out from the emerged stem. Adding some tea compost to the water while replacing can work as an organic fertilizer and help in the proper growth of the plant. 


The Spiderwort plant adds a splash of contrasting colour to your green collection. It is a wonderful low maintenance category plant. Both the purple leaf as well as the zebra-striped variant are well adapted to indoor sustenance. This plant becomes a point of attraction due to its vibrant colour and variegation even in moderately lit spaces. Have a close look at the node of the leaf on the stem, there are small root nubs that grow once it comes in contact with moisture. Add some stem cutting in a clear jar or vase and see the new spiderwort babies trailing. 

Baby’s tears

The Baby’s tear plant is a beautiful trailing creeper with lots of bushy tiny leaves giving a wonderful dense green foliage. This plant can be propagated in water by taking up one or a cluster of small stem cuttings with or without any root and placing them in the water. Now, see this plant adapting to the new sphere and growing new roots in water easily.  It should be noted to clear the leaves from the portion of the stem before submerging in water as that can lead to stem rot. The water can be changed weekly and the floating leaves can be removed to avoid undesirable smell and rot. The water levels should be allowed to drop once the roots are well developed for providing enough moisture to the plant for survival. Sit back and enjoy this beautiful trailing plant grow happily around without much hassle. 

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