Hey guys! Thanks for being here! Today I’m going to show you how to root plant cuttings in water. This is a great way of multiplying the plants you have and sharing the plant love with friends. I will say, it’s kind of hard to give a plant away that you’ve been nursing from it’s beginning. But, it’s so rewarding and so cool to get results! I just gave two Chain of Hearts cuttings away today to super awesome homes. I can’t wait to check in on their progress.
When I was in my early 20s I worked at a golf course that had a 30 foot Monstera Deliciosa. You read that right…30 FEET! That’s where my love of that plant began. It’s actually my favorite plant of all time (if you didn’t already know). Anyway, some of the leaves were 2 feet wide and absolutely beautiful! One day I saw this tiny leaf pop out of soil and when no one was looking, I brushed the dirt away from the shiny green stem and plucked it right out of there! I kept looking watch over my shoulders like I was about to pull a bank job or something. I mean, I guess technically it was stealing. But I didn’t see it that way. I was spreading the love! But let’s make something perfectly clear, IT IS STEALING WHEN YOU DO IT AT A STORE so don’t do that! I ended up telling my supervisor (it was weighing on my conscience) and he laughed at me and told me I was crazy. All this to say, I took it home, put it in water, it rooted, and it made me so happy! I was so in love with this amazing method of reproduction. So let’s talk about How to Root Plant Cuttings in Water.
There are many different types of plants this method can be used for. I don’t even know all the different kinds but I’m always testing new cuttings in water. Right now my new subject is a tiny little stem off my big Fiddle Leaf Fig. So far no roots but there is a tiny green leaf!! If you’re not sure, just try it!
Here we go!
- Identify the location where you will snip your cutting from the main plant. Not all cutting that will root in water have nodes but most of them do so find the node on your plant or vine.
- Then carefully cut just below the node with a clean sharp knife or scissors. About 1/4″ below the node.
- Stick your cutting in a clean glass. Poor enough room temperature water to cover the nodes of the cutting.
- Switch out your water every 3-5 days with fresh room temperature water.
- Wait and watch as your roots grow! This can take weeks to months depending on the plant.
- Once your roots reach approximately 5″ then it’s time to put the cutting in soil!
It’s best to put the cuttings that are rooting in a window with bright indirect sunlight. You also need patience…serious patience! If you are trying a new cutting and two weeks go by with no roots, it’s not always bad news. I know someone who stuck a fiddle leaf fig leaf in water and 3 months later she started to see roots.
When you change out the water, be sure to give the roots a little rinse and a little rub with your fingers. The roots can get a mucky film (that’s the technical term) and you want to wipe that away before placing them in the new water.
That’s all you have to do! It’s so simple. Now you can make your own plants and trade with your friends. It’s one of my most favorite things to do. Once you are ready to pot your rooted plant, check out my How to Re-Pot a Houseplant post. I know you won’t be re-potting but there are some good tips about potting in general. Thank you so much for visiting! See you next time!