How To Get Started With Water Propagation

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Propagating plants in water is super simple, but a few little tips and tricks will go a long way to getting the most out of your plant cuttings. In this How To Guide, we’ll take you through the process and have you propagating plants like a professional.

1. Fill your station with water

Room temperature tap or filtered water works just fine, however word on the street is rain water is best - if you can be patient enough to wait for it! If you want to go an extra step, there are growth supplements you can add to the water to promote growth. Either way, replace the water in your glass vessels weekly. 

2. Position your propagation station 

Find a spot that gives your propagation station access to bright, indirect sunlight so the cuttings can receive energy from the sun for photosynthesis to occur. Photo-WHAT?! Photosynthesis. The chemical reaction that occurs inside a plant when carbon dioxide, water and light come together to produce food for the plant to grow.

3. Find yourself a plant cutting 

Plants in the pothos varieties like Devil’s Ivy or Marble Queen are great to start with, or our favourite to propagate, the String of Hearts. Make sure you have the node of the plant in the water, otherwise this cutting will not grow roots. 

Use a clean, sterile, sharp pair of scissors or secateurs to obtain your cuttings. This will minimise infections. Don’t just pick up the kitchen scissors!

PRO TIP: You need to ensure you are getting a good cutting from the plant. Most plants that you can propagate in water will have nodes - these are little nodules between each leaf where the new roots will sprout from. Some plants simply don’t have these in their genes and may struggle, but if you’re not sure - just try! Alternatively, a quick Google search will tell you whether a plant can be propagated in water, or if another propagation technique is better suited.

4. Wait for your plant to propagate

Root development time will always vary. It depends on the plant, time of year, and placement of the propagation station. Some plants will take just a few days or weeks to form cute little roots, but some can take months!

The ideal time to propagate your plants is during the active growth time, which is usually spring and summer. Patience is the key, and remember to change the water weekly.