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Plants that grow in water

Welcome to our plant library. Each plant listed includes information on both water propagation and growing the plant in water. 

We will continue to update this library as we research and test different plants in our nursery. 

Included in each plant page are lighting requirements, nutrient schedules, ideal temperatures, and timing for replacing water. 

Why we love growing houseplants in water:

Ease of maintenance: One of the main benefits of growing houseplants in water is that they are easy to care for. You don't have to worry about soil quality or watering on a schedule. Simply change the water when it becomes cloudy and replace with fresh water.

No soil-borne pests: When you grow plants in water, you eliminate the potential for soil-borne pests, such as mites and fungus gnats, that can damage your plants.

Healthier roots: Plants grown in water tend to have healthier roots because they have access to oxygen, since one can also visually see the roots you are able to remove ones that are rotting or are not in good health.

No Overwatering: When you grow plants in water, you can see the water level, making it easy to ensure plants have sufficient water. We simply top off the water every week or two.

Aesthetics: Growing houseplants in water can also be a beautiful and decorative addition to your home, especially when you use a clear container that showcases the roots. It's really fun to see the roots develop, some plants (like the anthurium) can even have colored roots.

What are the downsides of growing in water?

Lack of nutrients: Plants grown in water don't have access to soil, which is a natural source of nutrients. Without soil, you'll need to provide additional nutrients, we recommend this nutrients, formulated for growing in water.

Algae growth: Algae can grow in water, especially in warm, sunny conditions. This can be unsightly and can lead to issues. We recommend making sure your plants are not in any direct light and changing the water whenever algae starts to develop.

Root rot: Plants grown in water are more susceptible to root rot, which can be caused by poor water quality.

Transplant shock: When you move a plant from water to soil, or vice versa, it can experience transplant shock, which can slow down its growth or even kill it.

Limited plant selection: Not all plants are well-suited to growing in water. Some plants require soil to anchor their roots.

Maintenance: Growing plants in water requires regular maintenance, including changing the water, cleaning the container, and adding nutrients as needed.