Water Plant Propagation

Water propagation is a great way of growing your plant collection. It’s super easy and only really requires patience.

Here is how we like to propagate. Are there better methods, yeah probably, but we are busy, and so are you and this is just so quick and easy to do.

Pothos Plant being watered

What you’ll need:

  • A clear jar or some sort of vessel. Propagation tubes are beautiful but not necessary. We reuse jars from previously finished packaged foods. 
  • Scissors 
  • Some isopropyl alcohol to sanitize your scissors 
  • A plant. Water propagation works best with Aroid plants (ZZ’s, Monsteras, Philodendrons, Pothos)

Cutting a pothos at the node


  1. Take a cutting by snipping near a node (where the leaf meets the stem). Try to give 1-2 inches of space from the node and where you cut so when your cuttings are in water the leaves can easily live above the water). We like to cut a long vine and then snip, snip, snip all our cuttings into a pile.
  2. Next grab 3-5 of your cuttings and place the bottoms in the jar of water. Leaves up!
  3. Place your jars near bright indirect sunlight. Window sill adjacent, or a sill that only receives a few hours of direct sunlight. 
  4. Replace water every 5 days (but also don’t sweat if you miss a few days) We do it weekly as it's easier to schedule. 
  5. Patience. Read a book, go for a hike, live your life and in 4-6 weeks you should have roots long enough (at least 1 inch)  to transplant into soil. 
  6. That’s it. You did it, you legend!