House Plants that Grow in Water

Ready to try hydroculture? First, discover house plants that grow in water successfully and find out how to get them ready to take the plunge.

For successful results, it's best to take a cutting, then root it in water before transferring it to water gel beads or a clay aggregate. That way, you won't risk tearing any roots by plucking the plant out of the soil. Plants that are rooted in water already have succulent roots and will adapt better to hydroculture. However, you can also successfully transfer healthy young plants from potting mix to a soilless medium.

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Your best bet for plants grown in water beads are foliage plants that prefer indirect sunlight. That includes many tropical house plants, so you have a good variety of beautiful plants to choose from.



House Plants that Grow in Water

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Wondering what to try first? Take a look at this list of easy-care house plants that grow without soil:

  • Hyacinth (shown at right) can be forced into bloom in a bulb vase. Get the how-tos for forcing hyacinth here.

  • Lucky Bamboo will grow directly in water with pebbles for support. You can also grow them in water beads (as shown above).

  • Paperwhites can be grown in a bowl of clay aggregate or pebbles with water. They're practically foolproof.

These tropical plants are easy to grow and will thrive in water beads:

  • Pothos

  • Arrowhead Plant

  • Heartleaf Philodendron

  • Parlor Palm

  • English Ivy

  • Chinese Evergreen

Keep in mind that the roots of these tropical plants should never sit in water because they'll rot. Any water that is not absorbed by the water gel beads or other hydroculture medium should be drained off before planting in them.


Green Thumb Tip

Rainwater is ideal for your house plants. It's naturally soft and free from chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals that plants don't like. Use a rain water barrel to capture it and water your plants.

Hydroculture Supplies


Lucky Bamboo



Clear Water Beads