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The Secret Behind These Stunning, NO-Maintenance Plants

The Secret Behind These Stunning, NO-Maintenance Plants
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Whether you’re botanically challenged or just like the look, rooting plants in water is one of the most hands-off and stylish ways to bring a little green into your home. Plants that are receptive to rooting in water will happily grow this way for years with very little attention. Trust me, this one is a no-brainer. There are, however, just a few simple tips to keep in mind.

 

The Basics

To get started you’ll need a glass vase or another vessel filled with water. Next, make a clipping of your desired plant and place it directly into the water. It’s important not to let the end dry out after clipping it; the plant will have trouble drawing water if it does. I like to use clear glass vessels for this because it’s fun to watch the roots grow over time. If the water gets cloudy, it’s a good idea to change it. Most likely all you’ll need to do is top off the water every couple of months.

 

Picking a Plant

Rosemary, fiddle-leaf figs, geraniums (they’ll even flower), coleus, begonias, and philodendrons all respond well to these conditions.  My personal favorite is the fig tree clipping. I find the trees really difficult to keep healthy, and this method is a great way to make a fresh start with a plant that’s become less than attractive. I also think the long stem and large leaves are especially striking in this context. It can take about two weeks before you see any signs of roots. They start out looking like little white dots on the base of the stem.

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