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!

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 plant is loved for its strikingly colorful foliage. Caladiums can be grown as annuals from spring to fall in cool climates and the entire year as houseplants.

These plants favor humid, warm shade where they shine and simmer 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. Or, try growing it in water 😃.

Can Caladiums Grow in Water?


Yes, they can! If you consider some of these things listed below, growing caladium in water is very much possible.

Things 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, and 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 a garden center 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 that is cooled 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 once every 2-3 weeks. You can add a pinch of it or 1/4 of the teaspoon in a gallon of water. Adding diluted fish aquarium water every second or third time you change the water is also wonderful for its growth.

Taking Care of Roots

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While growing in water, aerial roots produce offshoots as regular roots, as they promote 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 plant stands, 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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