Hey, guys, it’s Katie here! Since most of us are pretty obsessed with filling our homes with plants, I thought it’s high time we talk about propagation! There are lots of different ways you can propagate plants, but I’m super into water propagation right now. Why? Well, because it’s SO easy and you get to watch the roots develop. This way you know the perfect time to get that baby in some soil! Here are three very common houseplants that love the water!

1. Pothos and Philodendron
If you have plants around your home, chances are that you have pothos and/or philodendron. These plants are not only easy to care for, but they are the plant that keeps on giving. Simply cut a 4-6 inch length from one of your vines, let dry out for a couple of hours, and place the end in water. Four or more leaves per cutting is recommended, but I have grown them with fewer in the past. Just make sure your vine has a couple of nodes, or bumpy spots. Once your pothos or philodendron has produced a new root, pull it from the glass or jar and transplant it to soil. The longer you keep the roots in water, the more difficult time it has acclimating to soil. The beauty of these particular plants is that you can skip the soil entirely and simply leave them in water. I love to watch the root systems grow and grow!

Sharing is caring and this plant makes it so easy to spread the love to friends and neighbors! Pothos and philodendron are also great plants for cleaning indoor air! Just remember, both plants can be toxic to children and pets, so if you’re going to keep them in the home, be sure to place them far out of reach!


2. Holiday Cactus (Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas)
I discovered my love for holiday cacti during a plant swap I hosted a few months back. I’m especially fond of the texture of this plant, so you can imagine how delighted I was to find out you can propagate it in water! Considering many types of cacti prefer their soil to be on the dry side, my first question was, “Should I actually pop my cactus clippings in water to encourage new root growth?” Answer: YES! Cut sections with three or more attached leaf groupings and let them callous over for a few hours. After that, simply place them in a glass of water and wait patiently. After a few weeks, you’ll have new baby plants with roots to transfer to soil!

My favorite thing about holiday cacti is how quickly they produce! Once my new rooted clippings were in the soil, they have grown at a rapid rate! Since this type of cactus is native to the jungle, they do require more water than a desert cactus. As always, avoid over-watering to prevent root rot. Oh, and this particular kind of cactus is not toxic to children or pets! Yay!

3. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia)
Ahhhh, the ZZ plant. The waxy sheen of this plant’s leaves is one of my very favorites! I’m guessing many of you have one or more of these in your home. The ZZ plant is great because it is hearty and flourishes in many different types of light. Water propagation for this beauty is essentially the same as the two listed above. Use a sharp knife to remove a section from your existing plant, let it callous over for a few hours, and pop it in water.

My ZZ plant took the longest of the three to produce roots, but as you can see above, the roots that sprouted ended up being very thick and substantial. After the roots appeared, I put this plant straight into a pot and it’s been doing great ever since! Like pothos and philodendron, ZZ plants are toxic for children and pets, so please be extra careful if you have these in your home!

There are many other plants that root easily in water, but these are just a few of the most common (and some of my favorite!) household plants. Are you interested in trying this easy method? I’d love to see any success stories if you want to tag any of your photos with #ABMplantlady over on Instagram! Happy houseplant propagating, friends! xo. Katie

Credits // Author: Katie Shelton. Photography: Katie Shelton and Janae Hardy.


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