The Easiest Plants to Grow in Water—No Soil Needed!

Do you often have trouble remembering to water your houseplants? Or would you rather not deal with the mess of potting soil? Then you should try growing plants in water!

Many popular houseplants are actually good candidates for growing in water indefinitely, not just when you want to root cuttings.

If you want to start your own houseplant hydroponics, these are the best species to try.

Satin pothos (Scindapsus pictus)


As with most of the plants on this list, there are a few different varieties of satin Pothos available. ‘Silvery Ann’ has larger silver splotches on its leaves, while ‘Exotica’ produces XL foliage compared to the other cultivars.


Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema sp.)

This is a cane plant (not dissimilar to lucky bamboo), meaning it grows on long stems that should fit perfectly in a thin-necked bottle or vase.


Swiss cheese vine (Monstera adansonii)

The classic large-leaved Monstera deliciosa may not be the best choice for growing in water—it just gets much too massive—but its smaller vining cousin, Monstera adansonii, is an excellent choice.


Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum)

The heartleaf Philodendron is available in a few different colors and patterns, including neon yellow (called ‘Lemon-Lime’) and variegated (called ‘Brasil’). Another vining species, this one is relatively undemanding and will grow readily in water.


Mini Monstera (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma)

I love combining the mini Monstera with the aforementioned Monstera adansonii. They vine in a similar way, prefer the same light levels, and their unusual leaf shapes go quite well together.

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