How to Grow Beautiful Purple Heart Plant in Water

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Purple Heart Plant thrives easily in water, displaying striking purple foliage! An ideal setup for windowsills or tabletops!

Purple Heart Plant in Water not only stands out with its colorful leaves but is also really easy to look after this way!

Purple Heart Plant in Water

Here are all the details of propagating purple heart plants in water! This will help you to showcase the plant anywhere in the home without any fuss!

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Why Grow a Purple Heart Plant in Water?

  • Low Maintenance: Forget about complicated soil mixes. All you need is water!
  • Stylish Decor: Its rich purple leaves add color to any room.
  • A Science Experiment: Watch roots develop right before your eyes – it’s like a biology class minus the tests.

Getting Started

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1. Get a Healthy Specimen

Grab a healthy Purple Heart Plant (Tradescantia pallida). You can find them at local nurseries or take a cutting from a plant-savvy friend.

2. Snip a Stem!

Choose a 4-6 inch stem cutting with a couple of leaves. Snip right below a leaf node (that’s plant-speak for the small bump on the stem).

Strip away the lower leaves from the cutting, leaving only a few at the top. This helps direct the plant’s energy towards root development.

Rooting in Water

Rooting in Water

Use room temperature, chlorine-free water. Make sure you pick an artistic jar or a vase to enhance the beauty of the plant.

Submerge the cut end in water, ensuring a couple of leaf nodes are underwater. Leaves should stay high and dry.

Care and Maintenance 

Care and Maintenance 

To prevent the growth of bacteria, change the water every few days. Use room temperature water to keep the cuttings healthy and encourage root development.

Make sure the plant gets plenty of bright and indirect light. A few hours of direct exposure to the mild morning sun will do wonders.

Be patient as the roots start to develop. You’ll notice tiny roots emerging from the nodes after a few weeks. Once the roots are a few inches long, your cuttings are ready for transplanting.

Note: At this stage, you can continue to grow it in the water or transplant it into a pot filled with a well-draining potting mix.

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Where to Keep Water-Grown Purple Heart Plant?

A Purple Heart Plant in water looks lovely in small jars or slim vases. Put them on tables—like desks, dining tables, or any flat surface—for a classy touch.

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Can Purple Heart Plant Live in Water Forever?

Can Purple Heart Plant Live in Water Forever

Absolutely! Purple Heart Plants, like lucky bamboo, can thrive in water for extended periods. Ensure they receive ample bright daylight and consistently change the water to promote well-being. Make sure to:

  • Regularly trim the plant to encourage bushier growth and prevent it from becoming leggy.
  • Even in water, plants can attract pests. Keep an eye out and deal with any infestations promptly.

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