If you enjoy bringing greenery into your home but don't have a green thumb or are simply too busy to be a plant parent, we've got an idea you're going to love. And even if you're a bona fide botanist, you're in the right place. Enter the simplest, most beautiful floral trend: rooting plants in water.
All you have to do is snip a cutting at the base of a leaf and place it in fresh spring water in a glass vase—then watch as it begins to grow roots. It's the easiest houseplant you'll ever have since it's impossible to kill, never has to be fed, and isn't overly sensitive to light. And aside from its low-maintenance essence, rooting plants in water is well-suited for pretty much any environment, from minimalist aesthetics to eclectic spaces. We'll show you how to succeed with this on-trend-yet-timeless approach to indoor plants.
Pick Your Plant
Not all plants will respond well to indoor hydroponics, but there are still plenty of good options. Herbs (mint, oregano, basil, rosemary, lavender, and sage) grow fast in water and will even start to produce a new leaf every day. Some houseplants that work well are English ivy, philodendron, tradescantia, purple passion, coleus and of course that old-is-new-again favorite: lucky bamboo. Finally, if you're looking to add more flowers to your home, root some begonias or impatiens in water. They'll even bloom during the winter!
Root Your Plant
Once you've found your specimen or snipped a piece from a friend's garden, prepare it to grow roots. Cut just below a leaf at a point called the leaf node where the sections of the plant branch out. This is where most of the rooting hormone is within the plant, which will ensure growth.
Just Add Water
The only tricky part is using the right water. The roots will be getting all their nutrients from the water, so you can't just use the tap. Bottled spring water or well water works best, due to the higher levels of minerals. Put your cutting in a clear glass jar or vase so the roots can get some sun.
Use a beaker or bottle-shaped vase so the cutting stays nicely in place.
That's it! You may need to change the water every few weeks or trim back the roots in a year, but until then, it's completely self-sustainable. Just sit back, relax, and watch your thumb turn a lovely shade of green.
Choose Your Vase to Get Started
This oversized floor vase is the ideal piece for anyone who likes to play with proportion and wants their greenery to take center stage. It strikes the perfect balance between blending in and making a statement wherever it is, from minimalist to maximalist spaces.
This pretty purple freeform vase is a Scandinavian design classic that looks lovely empty, though it'd be even more beautiful with some green and purple Wandering Jew vines trailing out of it.
You can't go wrong with a simple round glass vase for single blooms or rooting a leaf of Pilea peperomioides. This one takes things up a notch with a gold rim accent for a touch of glam.
With a sophisticated champagne tint, this crystal prism-effect vase will accentuate the natural beauty of your root plants even more. And it adds a touch of Art Deco glam to your life.
If you're on the lookout for a modern-classic crystal vase, here's our pick. And even better, it's pretty affordable considering that this piece made from fine-quality quartz minerals will cast rainbows if you set it in the sun.
Opt for an inky hue for a moodier ambiance. Place on the mantle in the living room or a console table in the entryway for all to see.
Keep things simple with this double-wall glass vase. With two layers and a sleek silhouette, it's a beautiful way to display your root plants no matter the environment.
This mini pink vase is the perfect accent piece for a nook in a small space or a collection of florals.
This shallow little vessel will allow for an intriguing composition of florals every time. Get multiples for a well-balanced centerpiece.