Growing Cordyline in Water | Propagating Ti Plant

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Growing Cordyline in Water is easy and fun! Learn the simple process and propagate the plant without worrying about the soil!

Propagating Ti plant in Water is a great way to display this good luck plant on coffee tables in beautiful jars and vases. Let’s have a look at all the information you need to know about Growing Cordyline in Water.

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Check out our article on how to grow cordyline plants indoors here

Ti Plant

Growing Cordyline in Water

Commonly known as the Ti plant, it is native to Pacific islands and parts of Southeast Asia. The plant comes in a range of varieties in beautiful shade and variegation. It can grow up to 3-10 feet tall with a spread of 2-4 feet. Ti plants are not finicky to care for and do well with the right warmth, water, and light.

Best Cordyline Varieties to Grow in Water

  • Cordyline fruticosa: It has thin and wide foliage in multiple shades.
  • Cordyline terminalis: This one is the most popular variety with bright red, yellow, and orange shade on the leaves.

Growing Cordyline in Water

Things You’ll Require:

  • Clean jar or vase
  • Sharp knife, scissors, or gardening clippers
  • Pebbles (optional)


If you have purchased a plant from a nursery or a garden center, then you can easily take cuttings from it to grow in water.

  • Take a 5-8 inches long cutting from a healthy parent plant. You can also cut the entire stem down to the base level. Don’t worry, the parent plant will form new growth in a few weeks.
  • Remove the bottom leaves, and put the cutting in a clean glass jar or vase, with some pebbles for decoration and fresh non-chlorinated water. Fill the vase or jar half with water, and make sure you are not brimming them up.
  • Keep the glass/jar where it can get a bit of fresh air and bright, filtered sunlight. The cuttings will form roots in 10-14 days.

Cordyline Care in Water



Place the plant where it receives indirect light – an area three to five feet away from the window will be perfect.


Change water every 3-5 days or sooner if the water becomes discolored. Use purified river or lake water for growing cordyline as tap water contains chlorine. If you are using tap water, allow it to sit overnight. You can also use RO or boiled water. Make sure it is down to room temperature.


Feed the plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer once in 3-4 weeks. Take 1/2 or 1 teaspoon in 2 gallons of water and use the mixture in the vase/jar.

Taking Care of Roots

  • If you are growing cordyline in a small jar, chances are it can become root-bound. In such conditions, move the rooted plant to the bigger vase or in a pot filled with soil.
  • While growing in water, aerial roots develop offshoots as regular roots as it increases the plant’s ability to absorb more nutrients. If you see thick brown outer coverings of aerial roots floating, remove them while changing the water.

 Where to Keep Cordyline?

You can decorate coffee tables with cordyline in a jar filled with water for a beautiful centerpiece. Use fancy, transparent, narrow jars or vases and put them on desks, dining tables, and tabletops for an attractive look.

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