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Propagate Plants with Water Like a Pro

Welcome to the ultimate guide on how to propagate plants with water! This blog post will provide a step-by-step guide on propagating plants using water and recommend some of the best plants for propagation. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced gardener, this guide will help you successfully propagate plants and expand your green thumb. Let's get started!

Why Propagate Plants with Water?

Before we dive into the step-by-step process, let's understand why propagating plants with water is a great technique. Water propagation is a simple and effective method that allows you to grow new plants from cuttings without needing soil. It's a cost-effective way to expand your plant collection and share your favourite plants with friends and family. Plus, it's a fun and rewarding process to witness the roots growing!

Propagating plants with water

Step-by-Step Guide to Propagate Plants with Water

Follow these simple steps to propagate plants with water successfully:

Step 1: Select the Right Plant

Not all plants can be propagated with water. Some plants, like succulents and cacti, are better suited for other propagation methods. Choose plants with soft stems, such as pothos, philodendron, or coleus for water propagation. These plants root easily in water and are perfect for beginners.

Step 2: Take a Healthy Cutting

Using clean and sharp secateurs, cut 10 - 15cm from the parent plant. Ensure the cutting has at least two nodes, the points where leaves attach to the stem. Remove any lower leaves, leaving only a few at the top.

Step 3: Place the Cutting in Water

Fill a clean glass or jar with room-temperature water. Place the cutting in the water, ensuring the nodes are submerged. Avoid submerging any leaves in the water, as they may rot. Place the glass in a bright location but away from direct sunlight.

Step 4: Change the Water Regularly

Every few days, change the water to prevent bacteria and algae growth. Rinse the cutting gently under running water and refill the glass with fresh water. This will ensure a healthy environment for root growth.

Step 5: Wait for Root Development

Be patient and wait for the roots to develop. It usually takes a few weeks for roots to appear. You can gently tug on the cutting to check for root growth. Your cutting can be potted once the roots are about 2 - 3cm long.

Step 6: Potting the Cutting

Prepare a small pot with well-draining soil. Carefully remove the cutting from the water and plant it in the soil, ensuring the roots are covered. Water the soil lightly and place the pot in a bright location, avoiding direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and watch your new plant grow!

Propagating a pothos in water

Best Plants for Water Propagation

Here are some of the best plants for water propagation:

These plants are not only easy to propagate with water, but they also make beautiful additions to any indoor garden.

Now that you have the ultimate guide on propagating plants with water, it's time to get your hands dirty and start propagating! Enjoy the process and watch your plant collection grow. Happy propagating!

You might also like to read about our 10 top tips for indoor plant care. 

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