These Pinterest-Approved Plants Only Need a Glass of Water to Multiply

updated Nov 13, 2019
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image
Credit: Kristan Lieb

Whether you’re a seasoned green thumb or just an aspiring plant parent, you’ve probably seen the endless flora and fauna that adorns homes all over social media.

By analyzing searches from September of 2018 to September 2019, Pinterest looked into all the ways users are plotting to put a little more green in their homes this winter, just by adding a little bit of liquid. Here are the six of the most popular searches on Pinterest for plants that can be propagated in water:

Fiddle leaf fig

In the number one slot is Fiddle leaf plants, with searches up 2475%. These tough plants, which adapt well to a variety of conditions, have oversized leaves and can grow extremely high. Fiddle Leaf Fig trees love the sun, and look great next to a bright corner window.

Pothos varieties

In second place is Pothos varieties, with searches up 536%. They’re a great plant to start out your propagation plans, because it’s super easy to snip a couple cuttings from an existing plant. Pothos plants are also extremely hearty, so they most likely won’t die on you. Just a few weeks of cuttings sitting in water and you can have the start of a brand new plant. 


With a 236% increase in searches are succulents. These dry climate-dwelling plants, which store water in their leaves, may be ideal for hot summers, but you can actually propagate them during the winters as well. 

Snake plant varieties

In the number four slot is snake plant varieties, with a 220% increase in searches. Sanseveria can be propagated by snipping off a healthy leaf, and cutting it into pieces. It takes a little while, but it’s worth the wait.

 Lucky bamboo plants

Rounding out the top five is Lucky bamboo plants, with a 185% increase in searches. Technically they aren’t actually bamboo, but they resemble the canes of a bamboo plant, and they’re easy to grow in water. 

Spider plants

The sixth most popular search, with a 76% increase, was spider plant propagation. If you have a larger spider plant, you’ll sometimes find its babies fall off on their own. Just place one of these babies in a jar with a little bit of water, and wait until it sprouts its own roots. You can also put them directly into soil. 

Pinterest found some unusual searches, too: Eager gardeners looked up indoor water gardens at a skyrocketing rate of 334%.

If you’re not experienced as a gardener, or if you just see a plant that you like but don’t know its name, you can use the Pinterest Lens camera search to take a photo. Pinterest will then tell you what the name of the plant is, and where to buy it.