11 Indoor Plants That Grow in Water

African Violet

Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Do you always forget to water your plants? Or you hating making a mess inside your home when dealing with soil? If so, try these indoor plants that grow in water.

Growing plants in water reduces the risk of pests since the critters don’t survive in water. Also, there will be no soil to bother with. And, since they’re already in water you don’t need to worry if you don’t water them.

You can use vases, pitchers, jars or even a glass of water to keep these plants. It all depends on the size of the plant and the look you’re going for.

Here are the best plants to grow in water.


Indoor Plants That Grow in Water

African Violet

African Violet

African violet can be grown in water if you want to clone your current plant. All you need is to cut a stem that’s a between 2 to 4 inches long and remove the bottom leaves that will get submerged in water.

Then, place the cutting into a glass or jar.

Within 3 to 4 weeks, you should start seeing roots begin to form. As the roots get longer you have the choice to keep the plant in water or move it to a small pot with soil.




Philodendron are beautiful plants with long, trailing stems. They are best known for their beautiful leaves which feature many different shapes, many of which are oversized relative to the plant itself.

The best part about it is that different philodendron varieties will have different colors, variegations and shapes.  Thus, you can enjoy an entire collection of them without ever repeating the same plant.

Philodendrons are popular not only because of their looks. They are also easy to grow.

They also easily adapt to the household environment being that they are tropical in nature. As such, they are well-suited for the temperatures in homes.

In case you want to grow more of this plant, you can do so for free. Growing them in water allows you to cultivate new philodendron plants that will look exactly like the mother plant.


Baby’s Tears

Baby’s Tears

Baby tears plants are beautiful to look at because of their stems feature many small leaves that are shaped like tears. As the plant gets dense, it looks prettier as well.

This makes is perfect for bedding when grown outdoors. As a houseplant, it lends itself well to containers and hanging baskets.

Like the other indoor plants that grow in water on our list, baby tears can be started in water by taking a cutting from one of its stems.

Do make sure to remove all the leaves that will get submerged into water.

Since there are many, the odds of them rotting over the span of a few weeks their submerges is highly likely. So, it’s a good idea to either reduce the water or take the leaves the sink into the water.

This will allow the plant to root and grow.




Coleus plants are very popular in the garden because of their lovely looks. Their leaves feature many colors and patterns that make them amazing to look at.

The good news is, you can grow them in containers as well as their tropical nature makes them easy houseplants to deal with.

As with other others on our list, you can propagate coleus plants by growing them in water.

All you need to do is take a 4 to 6 inch stem cutting and remove all the bottom leaves that will get submerged into the water. Then, place the cutting into a glass or vase filled with water.

After a few weeks, you should see it begin to root. Make sure to change the water every few days to prevent it from getting murky.




Impatens are well-known tropical perennials that are able to grow in shade conditions. This makes it easy to find a spot for it in your garden. And, it simplifies growing it indoors.

Of course, you can’t forget about its bright, colorful flowers.

In addition to requiring full or part shade to thrive, impatiens enjoy moist conditions. In fact, they like water so much that they are marginal pond plants.

This makes them easy to propagate in water because it reduces the risk of rotting.

To create young clones of your current plant, make a cutting a few inches long and place it in water. Withing a month, it should begin to root.






Begonias are special plants because they feature stunning foliage and flowers. Some varieties are known for their uniquely beautiful leaves, while others are beloved because of the lovely colorful blooms.

As such, you can select the ones you like most to grow in your home.

There are more than 1,500 different species around with more than 1,000 hybrids. So, you won’t run out of options.

Begonias likewise can grow in water. You can use their leaves to propagate new plants, although this does take a bit longer than many of the others in our list.


Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos

The golden pothos is also known as the Devil’s Ivy. While its nickname may sound intimidating, I assure you that the plant is nowhere near that.

In fact, this bright colored vining plant has adorable heart-shaped leaves for which it is beloved. For the most part you’ll see green colored leaves. Although some will have a few yellow patterns on them.

Note that there are many other pothos varieties that look similar as well.

Their long stems make them perfect for tall containers and hanging baskets. They can likewise grow in water or be allowed to overflow over the edges of the container.




Geranium are mainstays of colorful gardens in USDA zones 8 through 11. That’s because they enjoy the moderate to warm conditions in these regions.

The good news, is, you can grow them in containers as well. This will let you grow them outdoors during the summer and place them wherever you want. As long as they get enough light they need, they’ll be happy.

Containers also let you bring them indoors when the weather gets colder.

The best part is you can grow more of them in water.

To do so, take a 5 to 7 inch cutting and remove all the leaves that will go under the water. Then place the cutting into a vase or jar that’s filled about half way or so with liquid.

After a few weeks, you should see new roots start to form.


Wandering Jew

Wandering Jew

The wandering Jew is a beautiful foliage plant that’s stunning to look at.

While you can grow it in the garden, I highly recommend keeping it in containers. This will solve the problem of it being invasive.

That’s one of the bad things about it. But, by keeping it in a container you can allow it to vigorously grow and overflow over the edges without overcoming any other plants.

As it gets denser, it also looks better.

If you enjoy its looks, you can propagate more of this lovely plant by making stem cuttings. Make sure to remove the lower leaves from each stem before submerging the cuttings into water.

After 10 days or so, you should begin to see new roots start to form.


Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo

If you want to bring more good fortune to your home or office, consider the lucky bamboo.

This is one of the most unique looking houseplants you’ll find. And, it’s almost impossible to find two that look alike because of there are so many variations based on the number of stalks they have and the way the stalks are shaped.

Do note that the more intricate the shape of the stalks of a lucky bamboo, the more expensive it will likely be. So, don’t be surprised if you see some that cost a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

If you want to grow lucky bamboo in water, make sure to add some weight at the bottom to help stabilize the plant. That’s because it will get top heavy and topple over as it grows.

Pebbles are a simple way to keeping the plant steady.

Also make sure to add enough water to cover the roots of the plant. This is essential as they need to be able to absorb moisture to sustain the plant.


Spider Plant

Spider Plant

Spider plants are favorite houseplants because they are very hard to kill. Even with neglect and abuse, this lovely plant won’t die on you.

Of course, it also features beautiful, yellow and green arching foliage that make it unique. This look makes it perfect for pots as well as hanging baskets.

In addition to low light, it can tolerate lack of water as well. So, picking a spot indoors isn’t hard. Plus, it won’t mind if your forget to water it every now and them.

Unlike many of the indoor plants that grow in water on our list, you don’t have to make any cuttings if you want to grow more spider plants.

This houseplants produces pups or offsets that are attached to the base on the plant. You’ll notice these growing after taking care of your spider plant for a while.

All you need to do is clip them and allow them to root in water. These pups will eventually grow into new spider plants.

Additionally, you can also keep the plant in water for the long term.

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