Plants that can grow in water: 6 indoor plants you can successfully grow in water!

by Anjelina

Some plants need nothing but water to grow normally and stay healthy! In fact, many of the houseplants that are most likely already in your home can be grown in just this way. In today’s article, we will tell you which are the plants that can grow in water. With minimal effort, you will also learn how to care for them so that they will delight you with their beautiful presence for a long time!

Which are the plants that can grow in water?

Plants that can grow in water indoor plants that don't need soil

Soil may be essential for most plants, but it is also a major cause of problems. For example, it is home to many bacteria and pests that can not only harm the plant, but also destroy it completely at some point. It is therefore necessary to know which are those plants that can also be grown in water as a soil substitute. In this way we will avoid many of the unpleasant plant diseases and protect them! You can grow the plants in clear vases or jars to use as decor. On this occasion, we have prepared a list of the most popular flowers in water, the names of which you have probably already heard.

Lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

lucky bamboo Dracaena sanderiana tall narrow vase for support


The lucky bamboo is known for its unpretentiousness in terms of care. It is one of the best examples of indoor plants that can be grown entirely in water. Due to the specific elongated and thin branches, it is necessary to find narrow and tall vases in which the plant feels comfortable. Of course, a lot also depends on the size of the plant itself, so you will decide which is the most suitable container for it. As well as making sure the roots are submerged in water, you can add pebbles to the bottom of the vase to make the plant more stable!


Philodendron plant in clear glass jar grow in water

Almost all species of philodendron are well suited to growing in water. Use a clear glass jar or other container, fill it with water and stick a philodendron stem inside. Place it in an area with bright but indirect light. Be sure to change the water every 3–4 days to allow the plant to fully develop and grow. You can also add some charcoal to the water to prevent rotting and algae growth.

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

spider plant growing in a jar full of water

Spider plants are one of the favorites in every home. They are quite interesting with their narrow, curved leaves. You can grow them permanently in a glass jar, or you can transfer them to a pot with soil. One of the best things about this plant is that as it grows, it forms little offshoots that can be cut and put in a small glass of water until they put out their own roots. This is an easy way to propagate the plant. Be sure to change the water every 2–3 days to provide enough oxygen for the plant. Also make sure that you only submerge the roots of the plant, not its leaves!

Pothos plant (Epipremnum aureum)

pothos plant Epipremnum aureum in clear glass jar

Another beautiful plant that only needs water, and worth paying attention to, is the pothos plant with its amazing heart-shaped leaves. It is a must to grow it in a transparent container, and it is best kept on a shelf or somewhere on higher ground. It is recommended for its cascading leaves, which look more than wonderful when they fall beautifully down. As for growing, you will need to change the water every few days, but it’s also best to keep the humidity high in the room you are growing the plant in.

Arrowhead vine

beautiful heart-shaped leaves of the arrowhead vine plant propagation method

The beautiful heart-shaped leaves of the arrowhead vine plant are common in people’s homes. It’s not picky at all about soil, and what is best is that it can be grown in water without any problems. You need to change the water at least 2 times a week to keep the flower growing normally and so that it continues to delight you. Also provide a warm environment in which the plant will thrive. It needs plenty of light as well, but not direct sunlight!


Coleus plant colorful leaves gorgeous houseplant to grow in water

The Coleus plant looks gorgeous and is another of the houseplants you can grow in water. With its colorful leaves, it will turn into a unique addition to decorative cups or jars. You can place it in a container of your choice full of water, but keep in mind that the coleus loves the light. Under no circumstances, place it in a shady, dark place – you will destroy it. As for temperatures – it thrives and grows well at normal room temperature. In winter, you can leave it even in a cooler place. Also, it likes moisture and you can spray it occasionally with water.

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