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Growing Anthuriums in Water is easy and rewarding, this way you can enjoy its colorful bracts without worrying about soil requirements.

Growing Anthuriums in Water

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Admired for their glossy and exotic modified leaves, anthuriums are surprisingly easy to grow and do well in warmth with high humidity. What’s more! Growing Anthuriums in Water is also possible!

Check out our article on anthurium plant care here.

Propagating Anthurium in Water

If you have bought a plant from a garden center or nursery, it comes in soil. You can use the same plant to grow in water.

  • Take the Plant out from Soil: Carefully take the plant out from the soil. Make sure you are not damaging the roots in the process.
  • Rinse: Now, carefully rinse the soil using lukewarm water from the roots. Avoid using cold water as it can shock the roots.
  • Plant: Take a glass container or vase and place the plant in a way that its roots stay just below later level.

Keep the vase in an area where it gets plenty of bright light. 

Anthurium Plant Care in Water


Keep your water grown anthuriums in bright light. Place the vase in a well-lit area away from the direct harsh sun. During winter, the plant will do well even in less light.


Change the water often, every 5-7 days or sooner if the water turns discolored. A transparent jar will help you to check the water level and development of roots.

Mostly tap water includes chlorine, so it will be better to use purified, well, spring, lake, or river water for growing anthuriums. If you are using tap water, allow it to sit overnight.

Note: Allow the water to reach room temperature before replacing the old water. Coldwater can shock the plant, and hot water will cook it.


Fertilize the plant with a weak dose of balanced liquid fertilizer once in 1 or 2 months to encourage growth. 1/2 or 1 teaspoon in 2 gallons of water would suffice. You can also use fish aquarium water to feed the plant. Mix 1/3 of it in regular freshwater.

Taking Care of Roots

  • If you are using a small-sized jar or container, the anthurium can become root-bound. In that condition, transfer the rooted plant to a larger vase or in a container filled with soil.
  • While propagating in water, aerial roots develop offshoots as regular roots as this raises the plant’s ability to absorb more nutrients. If you notice thick brown outer coverings of aerial roots floating, remove them while changing the water.

Where to Keep Anthuriums?

You can decorate coffee tables with water-grown anthuriums for an attractive-looking centerpiece. Use decorative, transparent narrow vases or jars and set them on tabletops, desks, and dining tables for a beautiful look.

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    • Ive been trying myself with fresh water but leave over night before replacing and add a house plant fertiliser in with water. Any damaged roots rinse in lukewarm water and clean out vase and reput in with fresh water as above only water just to cover roots. Hope it helps.

  1. Hydroponics is a form of hydroculture where plants are grown in water instead of hydro grains. One kind of hydroponics involves rinsing off all the soil from the roots and placing the plant in water. Anthuriums are perfectly suited for this. Hold the roots of an Anthurium plant under running lukewarm water until all the soil is rinsed away. This is done to prevent the roots from starting to rot in the water. Then fill a beautiful glass vase with water and place the Anthurium plant in it. This lets you enjoy watching the root of the plant grow, and you won’t have to water nearly so often. Pretty and practical, too!

  2. Thanks for advice. I was recently given this plant when a friend moved and wasn’t sure how to care for it. Red leaves are dieing but I haven’t touched it since I got it two weeks ago, not knowing how to care for it. Will drain it, rinse it, and put it in a larger vase with bottled water tomorrow morning first thing. Hope it works! Thanks for the advice!!🤗


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