How To Create A Free Water Garden From Cuttings

How To Create A Free Water Garden From Cuttings

Sarah Rae Smith
Mar 10, 2010

Although our love for plants knows no bound, it doesn't mean we always have the scratch to be buying new ones for our spaces. Recently a family member trimmed back the plants that were taking over inhabiting her kitchen. We were there, ready to catch the fall out and now we have a perfect little water garden in our kitchen!

Now if you want to be all professional about things, we suggest checking into a soil-less potting mix and rooting hormone. You can cut almost any plant and have success by using such things, but we're more of the easy going type and like to do things the easiest way possible. For our method, you only need 4 things:

What You Need

• Mother Plant(s) • Glass Jars • Tap Water • Scissors


1. Pick A Plant: In our case, the plants that happened to be getting a trim were Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant or Airplane Plant). They're quite common in many households and are especially easy to take clippings from. The plant naturally develops baby-plantlings (there's probably a scientific name for that) that simply get clipped off. Another easy plant to take cuttings from is the Philodendron and it can be clipped directly above any leaf, leaving as much stem as possible on your cutting.

2. Give It A Trim: House plants with exposed stems should be cut at the lowest part of the stem, usually right above a leaf. Those without stems (like a Mother-In-Laws-Tongue) can be cut at the leaf, but they should typically be planted in soil and not into water. Clip as much as your friends are willing to have trimmed (it's better for the mother plant as well!).

3. Group & Stuff: Pile all your cuttings together in your hand. Try to make the cutting points at the same height so when they are inserted into your glass jar, they all have an equal amount of room to start growing roots. Gently stuff your clippings into your jar of choice (we like quart Ball jars), leave a little wiggle room, but allow the sides of the jar to support the clippings, holding them in place.

4. Add Water: Fill your jar to cover the exposed cut ends. Cover as little of the rest of the plant as possible. This will allow your new roots to form without the rest of the plant rotting away.

5. Change Water: Change your water out 1-2 times a week. Your water should always be crystal clear. In about a week's time you'll have new little plants that can either stay in these jars (assuming you keep up on water changes) or be planted into new planters elsewhere around your home.

Additional Notes: Trim your own plants and give them as gifts or invite a group of friends over to have a cutting party. Everyone goes home with something and it's a great way to get together without spending a lot of cash!

When in doubt about a plant you're looking to trim or root new baby plants from, a quick Google search should let you know what the best place to trim & replant them is!

(Images: Sarah Rae Trover)

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