Propagating Indoor Water Plants


The proper lighting and temperature are essential when you have an indoor water plant. Choose a bright, indirect light and keep the temperature consistent. A consistent temperature will help the water plant grow and thrive. It will also benefit from consistent humidity. In addition, a water plant needs consistent water levels and bright indirect light.

English ivy

English ivy indoor water plants require a moderate amount of fertilization. The best time to fertilize your ivy is about once a month. It is best to use a balanced (20-20-20) liquid fertilizer. You can also give it a quarter-strength fertilizer every time you water it. English ivy is susceptible to several pests and pathogens, but proper care can reduce these problems. One pest to watch out for is spider mites. While they are challenging to see, their presence on your plant can signify an infestation. Spider mites can be treated with insecticidal soap or pesticide.

Watering English ivy is essential to prevent it from root rot. This type of disease is typically found outdoors or in greenhouses but can also occur indoors. The main symptom of root rot is sunken, yellowed leaves and stunted growth. If you notice signs of root rot in your plant, consider moving it to a dark area or increasing the amount of water it receives. Also, because ivy requires moist soil, check the soil periodically.

Fiddle leaf fig

A fiddle leaf fig indoor water plant can be propagated easily with stem cuttings, but it is more challenging to grow from seed. Once you’ve taken cuttings, please place them in clean water and indirect sunlight. After about four to six weeks, the cuttings should start to form roots. At that point, you’re ready to transplant the plant. Be sure to keep the soil moist and change the water regularly.

Once your fiddle leaf fig has established its roots, you can water it with water from the top or bottom. Be sure to allow the roots to absorb the water before watering again. After watering, you should check the soil moisture level regularly and see if it needs additional water.

Lucky bamboo

Dracaena sanderiana is a flowering plant native to Central Africa. The plant is also known as ‘lucky bamboo.’ It was named after German-English gardener Henry Frederick Conrad Sander. It has long been a popular indoor water plant but isn’t native to the United States.

The lucky bamboo plant can be trimmed several ways, but you should avoid cutting off the central stalk. Trimming the shoots within the main stem will help keep the plant healthy. Cutting the offshoots too short will cause the plant to be top-heavy and lose its shape. You can use a pair of sharp secateurs or scissors to cut off the excess.

Water your lucky bamboo regularly to keep it healthy. Using tap water can damage the plant, so mineral or distilled water is recommended. You can also place your plant in a water-filled vase to keep it upright.


Caladium indoor water plants need a moist environment, so they are best grown in a well-drained potting mix or garden soil. Their ideal soil pH range is 5.5 to 6.2. Water caladiums regularly once they sprout leaves. Stop watering them when they die and resume watering when new leaves emerge. Fertilize caladiums with a liquid fertilizer every two weeks, and you can use slow-release pellets to provide added nutrients.

Caladiums need water often, so make sure the soil is evenly moist. However, be careful not to over-water them, as this can lead to rot. In addition, make sure that the pot is well-drained and contains a drainage hole.


Dieffenbachia plants have expressive leaves that can easily show if they are thirsty or overwatered. If the plant doesn’t get enough water, its leaves will dry and eventually fall off. If the plant is overwatered, the leaves will shrivel up and leave a slimy residue on the stalk.

The best time to repot a Dieffenbachia is spring when the plant is in its best condition. Keep the plant away from direct sunlight, which will burn the leaves. Also, remove dust from the leaves to let the plant soak up the light. Finally, make sure that the soil is well-drained and has drainage holes.

This plant is native to the tropics and growing wild in South America, Mexico, and the West Indies. It is sometimes known as the “dumb cane” plant since its sap irritates the mouth and tongue. It got its name from the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, where it was first introduced in the 1830s by Herr Joseph Dieffenbach, a gardener there.

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