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3 plants you can grow in water: Propagating Swiss cheese plant, devil’s ivy and string of pearls

If spring has you in the mood to propagate plants, I’m sharing 3 of the easiest plants you can grow in water. These are plants that effortlessly THRIVE and you’re sure to get great results with. I mean… even I have had loads of success with these… and I kill just about every plant I touch!

Watch the quick video below or keep reading to find out what plants you can grow in water yourself. From tropical plants to succulents, I’m confident you’ll want to give at least one of these a crack πŸ˜‰

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1. Swiss cheese plant

Monstera deliciosa, or the Swiss cheese plant as it’s more commonly known, is a trending indoor plant. And with those large, glossy leaves in that signature tropical shape, it’s easy to understand why.

With these plants costing upwards of $50, it’s good to know you can save yourself some coin by growing it yourself.

All you need to do is cut one leaf away from the plant and place it in a vase of at least 5cm water. Keep it in a bright spot, but not in direct sunlight, and after one week you should see roots begin to grow. Once they are 5-10cm, it’s time to pot them in a good quality soil.

Tip: be sure to cut the plant below a node (where a leaf meets the branch) for best results. But as I discovered when Alexander just snapped off a leaf, you can do that too 😝

2. Devil’s ivy

This dripping indoor plant is one of my absolute faves. And based on the comments on the video I shared β€” one of yours too!

There’s a lot to love about this plant. How beautiful it looks, how easy it is to care for… and best of all, how easy it is to propagate!

While I used to think it was best to cut longer sections of vine and either place these in water or pot directly into soil, I learnt it’s actually better to cut just 1cm either side of where a leaf meets the vine. This allows the maximum amount of water and nutrients to get to each leaf for maximum growth.

Once the roots are at least 5cm long, you can plant them. Either pot these individually or do a mass planting into a larger pot. Find even more info on propagating devil’s ivy here.

Tip: these are an ideal plant for hanging pots or to place on a shelf where they can cascade down.

Gina growing plants in water

3. String of pearls

This plant can be a little hit and miss to keep alive… but propagating it in water couldn’t be simpler!

Just place one end of several strands of the plant in water, draping the rest of the plant over the rim of the vase. Be sure to refresh the water regularly, at least once a week is best.

Once you see roots establish like in the photo below, it’s time to pot it. Again, I suggest using a high quality soil mix. This plant likes well-drained soil so avoid heavy planting mixes. And place the plant in a spot that gets plenty of natural light but out of direct sunlight.

Keep up a regular watering schedule β€” once a week during summer and less frequently in winter β€” and watch this beautiful succulent GROW!

Will you use these tips to propagate one of these plants yourself? Or do you know any other plants that are easy to grow in water? Share it in the comments below so we can give it a go!

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This post was first published in September 2021 and continues to be updated

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