Growing Caladiums in Water

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Growing Caladiums in Water is the best way to showcase the beauty of its foliage in a matching vase or jar! Learn all the details here!

Growing Caladiums in Water

Caladiums are one of the best houseplants that you can grow for their stunning foliage full of colors. Learn everything about Growing Caladiums in Water to display them in style in vases!

Here are the best types of Caladiums you can grow

Caladium Plant Profile

This tropical tuberous plant is loved for strikingly colorful foliage. Caladiums can be grown as annuals in summer during cool climates and the entire year as houseplants.

These plants favor humid, warm shade where they shine with arrow-shaped, pointed leaves patterned in pink, red, cream, green, and white hues. You can start them indoors for growing outdoors, plant the tubers about 4-6 weeks before the last frost date and wait till the soil turns warm to grow outdoors.

Growing Caladiums in Water


Thing’s You’ll Need:

  • Tall Glass or jar
  • Sharp knife, scissors, or gardening clippers
  • Rocks or pebbles (optional)


  • Take out the entire plant gently from the pot, clean the roots off the soil.
  • Divide the tubers on the petiole with the help of a clean, sharp knife or scissors.
  • You can purchase the tubers from nurseries or online shops as well.
  • Plant them in glass jars or vases filled with fresh, non-chlorinated water. Place them in an area with partial to full shade as full sun can burn the foliage.

Caladium Plant Care in Water


Keep the plant where it receives partial to full shade–avoid placing the jar or vase where it is exposed to direct sunlight for a long duration like a south-facing window.


Change the water every 5-7 days or earlier if it turns discolored. You can also use lake or river water for growing caladium as tap water has chlorine. RO or boiled water can be used as well but cool it down to room temperature. If you are using tap water, allow it to sit overnight.


Feed the plant with a water-soluble, balanced liquid fertilizer during the growing season or once in 4-6 weeks. Take 1/2 teaspoon in 2 gallons of water and use the blend in the jar/vase.

Taking Care of Roots

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While growing in water, aerial roots produce offshoots as regular roots, as it promotes the plant’s ability to absorb more nutrients. If you notice thick brown outer coverings of aerial roots drifting, discard them when changing the water.

Where to Keep Caladiums in Water


You can keep the water-grown caladiums on corner tables, dining tables, desks, and tabletops for an elegant, stylish look in transparent, narrow, tall, fancy vases or jars!

Watch this video for more information

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