16 Amazing Indoor Plants That Grow In Water

There are Indoor Plants that Grow in Water without much maintenance. You can grow them in clear vases and jars to use as a centerpiece.

If you are looking forward to having indoor plants that are very easy to grow in water, then you have landed at the right place. Some plants don’t need soil to grow, and Yes! These varieties easily grow in water initially without using an ounce of soil! Here are some interesting Indoor Plants that Grow in Water.

1. Philodendron

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Botanical Name: Philodendron

In all the philodendron species, heart-leaf philodendron is quite adaptable for growing in water. Keep a 6 inches long cutting in a clear glass jar or bowl in a location with bright indirect light. Don’t forget to change the water once in 3-4 days and it’ll keep growing.

Tip: Add some charcoal in water to prevent rot and algae formation.

2. Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo

Botanical Name–Dracaena sanderiana

Famous for its forgiving nature, the lucky bamboo is one of the best indoor plants that grow in water. Narrow vases are perfect for this plant, depending on the size. Make sure the roots are submerged in the water and add some gravels around them for firm placement.

Also Read: Best Coffee Table Plants To Grow Indoors

3. Pothos

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Botanical Name–Epipremnum aureum

With its glossy heart-shaped foliage, pothos is one more option to go for. Grow it in water, in a clear fishbowl and keep that on a shelf, cascading pothos leaves will look wonderful. Keep changing the water every few days to maintain the right oxygen level.

Also Read: Best Pothos Varieties to Grow Indoors

4. Chinese Evergreen & Dumbcane

Botanical Name–Aglaonema & Dieffenbachia

With variegated and leathery leaves having a silvery pattern, the dumb cane and Chinese evergreen plant can be grown in water. You can easily propagate the cuttings in a transparent vase filled with small aquarium rocks. After a few months, once the roots appear and become bigger, transfer them in the soil.

5. Spider Plant

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Botanical Name–Chlorophytum comosum

Spider plants look quite interesting with their narrow arching foliage and baby spiderettes. You can either grow them permanently in a glass jar or change the cuttings into a new pot, once they root. Keep changing the water every 2-3 days. Check out these indoor spider plant care tips here.

Also Read: Proven Health Benefits of Spider Plant

6. Arrowhead Plant

Botanical Name–Syngonium podophyllum

Like other climbers and vining plants, the arrowhead plant is pretty straightforward to grow indoors in water. Keep adding fresh water twice a week and it’ll keep on growing. If you like, transplant it into a potting soil once the cutting sets new roots.

Have a look at the houseplants that grow without soil here

7. Coleus

Botanical Name–Plectranthus scutellarioides

Having colorful and serrated leaves, coleus will be the most colorful addition to glasses and jars. Since it likes indirect light, you can keep it as a tabletop centerpiece in a wine glass or decorative mason jar filled with water.

Tip: Adding compost tea in the water will enhance their growth.

8. Wandering Jew

Botanical Name–Tradescantia pallida, Tradescantia fluminensis, Tradescantia zebrina

Wandering jews are tough plants that grow like a weed in warm climates. The astonishing purple-colored and variegated varieties make them desirable houseplants. The best part is you can grow them in water in terrariums.

9. Dracaena

Dragon Tree Indoor water plant

Botanical Name–Dracaena

Many indoor dracaena varieties can adapt to growing in water. Glass jugs and narrow jars are good for them. Just remember to use chlorine and fluoride-free water. Also, never let the water in the jar to become mushy and unclear and keep changing it two to three times a week.

Also Read: Dracaena Houseplant Benefits

10. Croton

Botanical Name–Codiaeum variegatum

Croton has the boldest foliage in all the houseplants, we also added it in our list of houseplants for kid’s room. While it may not grow permanently in water but you can use this method to root its cuttings.

11. Impatiens

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Botanical Name–Impatiens walleriana

Impatiens can grow in water for quite a long time. Remove all the lower leaves and submerge their cut ends in water. Once they form long roots, transplant them in pots. This way, more new impatiens will be ready in the nick of time.

12. Begonia


Botanical Name–Begonia

Like impatiens, growing begonias in water is also possible. You can keep them in a clear bowl for around two months before they start to fade. Don’t forget to change the water every week to save the begonia cuttings from rotting.

Also Read: Popular Indoor Plants You Can Grow In Vases

13. Paperwhite

Paperwhite water plant

Botanical Name–Narcissus papyraceus

You can grow paperwhite narcissus bulbs in water and force them to flower easily. For this, get a glass terrarium and fill one-quarter of it with seashells and gravels. Now arrange the bulbs closely and cover half of them with these gravels to fix them at their spot. After this, fill the terrarium with water, up to the base of bulbs but in a way that it’s not wetting them. That’s it, keep them at a bright spot and they’ll start blooming after 4-5 weeks.

14. Ornamental Sweet Potato

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Botanical Name–Ipomoea batatas

Ornamental sweet potato vine in a glass jar will add a tropical touch to your kitchen windowsill. Trim a few 6 to 8 inches long stems just below the leaf node, remove the lower leaves and submerge them half in water. Keep changing the water and it’ll grow.

15. English Ivy

English Ivy

Botanical Name–Hedera helix

English ivy can your next indoor water garden plant. You can grow its cuttings in vases for a long time. Snip all the bottom leaves of an ivy stem and transfer it into a glass jar and enjoy it on a bright windowsill.

 16. Herbs

Not just the houseplants, there are herbs and vegetables that you can grow in water. Some of the best ones are mint, green onions, fennel, and celery. Check out our article to find more names.

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  1. Well, I had never even heard of basically all of these except for coleus… and I had no idea coleus could be grown in water like that! Neat!

    • Yes , coleus can be grown in water for sure , you can keep a small cutting in a glass and see the roots will comes within 10 days .

  2. Wandering Jew is antisemitic name for the plant you asshat. Look up the correct name and learn an important lesson.

    • That is what it has been called for many decades. How rude you are to call someone that because a plant had been called that for decades.

    • Its very easy to sit back and call names rather than educating someone with the right terminology (provided You know what it is called!!). I love that you are smart enough to know better but only show your bright brain through rude words. Keep it up!

    • you sure are an asshole yourself. How dare you call someone by name just for calling a plant differently. Go to hell and don’t visit pages like this if you want to be a pain in the ass, you moron

    • Get over yourself. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows that it is an old term for the plant and is not intended to insult so why be insulted. Stop speaking for a group of people who are smart enough to not be insulted by such silly things. When is this over the top pc crap going to end? Your certainly not helping anything

      • never in history has ‘English’ been derogatory towards anyone. that’s why. also, in response to everyone saying our friend here should do the educating, nope. it is your responsibility to educate yourself. do the work. when someone tells you something is inappropriate, the response should always be “yes, ok, i will do better”. any other response is simply heartless.

    • It’s been a common name for years. We are still in the process of changing the name. The proper name is scientific and many people don’t know it. “Inch plant” is a newer common name. Try to be more understanding, ass hat

    • Much better ways to educate someone than to go straight into an insult. But you are right, the origin of the “wandering jew” is anti-Semitic, it started from an apocryphal myth that has been used to justify anti-Semitism. For everyone saying its been called that for decades and insulting back is as rude as the original commenter. You can change the name of a plant, its a plant. And “wandering jew” isn’t even the scientific name. It’s a Tradescantia. There’s way too many historical baggage (a really horrible one too) to be comfortable calling it as it was nicknamed. If you feel so strongly because a plant was called “wandering jew” (remember its a derogatory phrase) and other people are saying not to use that phrase anymore (because it is a derogatory phrase) then that’s on you. People may correct you or they won’t, but don’t be surprised if you get told not to call the plant by that *derogatory phrase*. And lets try not to insult each other whether its to educate or to have a rebuttal.

  3. I have orchids in water now for nearly 2 weeks and doing fine.

    I have coleus outside and I will snipe some and put them in water.

    I love seeing plants growing in water.

    • How is your orchid going in the water?
      I have a peace lily and white Anthurium , the Anthurium is doing really well and flowering, the peace lily flowers but the flowers don’t turn white just come out green. It may need fertilizer, I made my own as I struggle to find a clear fertilizer for the glass bowl anything with seaweed makes the water brown :(
      I use rain water for mine , is that what you do for the Orchid?

  4. There’s ways of wording responses & comments about a website without being rude or looking like a twat. Lovely article. I enjoyed this and it’s been very helpful

  5. Please help me, I have put some water loving plants in a vase, but there is an odor that is not so nice just after one an a half week. What can I do to rectify this?

    • Change the water frequently, perhaps?….you should never let the water get older than 2 to 3 days in transparent vases (clear glass, crystal and the like), perhaps 5 days in opaque ones (ceramic, metal etc..)

    • I agree! Try keeping the water changed weekly… also something I like to do with mine…every couple of weeks while changing the water ,I like to gently rinse and clean the roots.. nothing aggressive or time consuming. I use room temperature water and just run them underneath For a few seconds and that’s it. I find it keeps the roots healthy and free of any slimy debris. I would suggest if you do try this and it seems to Affect your plant in any negative way to stop. It’s something that works for me end it also helps prolong the clean water for a day or two… just something you could try that works for me..good luck

  6. Correct google and other search engines as well as plant id apps for calling it wandering jew. Also like english ivy, chinese evergreen, ceblue pothos. French fries and so on and so on.
    Love this article. Very helpful. Thank you.

    • Yes, i did it with my cupida peace lily and (flamingo flower) anthurium. I cleaned the roots (removed the soil by gentle brushing) before putting it in crystal vase 😊 Very beautiful

  7. I have worked with a horticulturist for years. They are known as wandering jew and they have no disrespect attached. I know some of the technical names for plants but I don’t use them because nobody knows what they are. Also, there are several unofficial names for plants. Older people call them something different than the young customers. Saying low class and uneducated people say wandering jew is incorrect. The horticulturist I work with has a 4 year degree from a university and 50 years experience and attended technical school, also. People should not be so anxious to label other people as ignorant. It may not be the other people who are misinformed.

  8. I remember my Mom calling the plant babes in a boat. Has anyone heard this before? Or is it a different plant I’m thinking of?


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