Growing Alocasia in Water | Guide on Propagating Alocasia

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Growing Alocasia in Water is the easiest and decorative way of propagating and showcasing this beautiful houseplant without handling messy soil!

The best way to showcase the beauty of a plant is to grow it in stunning glass and vases. Growing Alocasia in Water is quite easy and helps you to enhance the beauty of its glossy leaves!

Here are the most beautiful Alocasias you can grow

Alocasia Plant Profile

Native to tropical and subtropical areas of Asia and eastern Australia, the Alocasia genus is appreciated for spectacular heart or arrow-shaped, elephant’s ear-like leaves that can be a focal point of any room or garden. It is commonly grown as a houseplant and moved outdoors in the warm months.

Alocasia is available in a range of shapes, variegation, texture, and shades. Depending on the variety it can grow up to 2-12 feet tall with a 2-6 feet wide spread.

Best Alocasia Varieties to Grow in Water

  • Macrorrhiza Stringray: The green leaves have a distinct ‘tail’ with ‘wings’ that resemble a stingray.
  • Alocasia Zebrina: The leaves have a shield or arrow shape – the stalks have black and yellow zebra print markings.
  • Alocasia Triangularis: Its leaves have a triangular shape with ruffle edges – the plant is quite easy to grow.

Growing Alocasia in Water

Thing’s You’ll Need:

  • Clean tall jar or vase
  • Sharp knife, scissors, or gardening clippers
  • Rocks or pebbles (optional)


  • Take out the entire existing plant from the pot carefully. Clean the roots off the soil so you can see the clumps and offsets (baby plants) clearly.
  • Gently separate them using a disinfected knife.
  • Plant them in large vases and glass bowls filled with fresh non-chlorinated water. Keep at a location that gets bright, indirect light. Avoid exposing the plant to harsh afternoon sun for long hours.

Alocasia Care in Water

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Place the plant where it receives plenty of indirect light. Avoid keeping the jar or vase where it is exposed to direct sunlight for a long duration of time. You can also move the plant near a window where it can bask in some morning sun.


Change the water every 5-7 days or sooner if it becomes discolored. You can use river or lake water for growing alocasia as tap water contains chlorine. RO or boiled water can also be used but cool it down to room temperature. If using tap water, allow it to sit overnight.


Nourish the plant with balanced liquid fertilizer in the growing season or once in 3-4 weeks. Take 1/2 teaspoon in 2 gallons of water and use the solution in the vase/jar.

Taking Care of Roots

When growing in water, aerial roots form offshoots as regular roots, as it encourages the plant’s ability to soak more nutrients. If you notice thick brown outer coverings of aerial roots floating, discard them while changing the water.

Where to Keep Alocasia?

Alocasia in water jars looks elegant and stylish on coffee tables as a centerpiece. Use transparent, tall, narrow, fancy jars or vases and keep them on dining tables, desks, and tabletops for a stunning look.

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