10 Plants to Root in Water Now
Maybe you have a special plant in your garden you're not sure you can find in a garden center again. Then again, maybe you're just cheap and don't like buying the same plant twice. No matter, there's an easy way to save a tender plant from killing frost and enjoy it again next year. Root a cutting in water.
Here's a list of easy-to-root plants that either won't take frost or may not be winter-hardy where you live, along with a cold-hardiness rating. Follow these guidelines to give yourself the best chance at success.
- Take tip cuttings about 4 to 6 inches long. The cuttings should not have flowers. Cut just below a node (the point where leaves join the stem).
- Place the cuttings in a glass of water. Strip off all leaves that will be below the water line. If you don't, they'll rot and murk up the water.
- Do not add fertilizer to the water! Doing so promotes the growth of algae and, besides, you're working for root growth, not leaf growth.
- Place the glass in bright light, but not hot sun.
- If the water starts to smell or become unclear, change it immediately.
- Some cuttings root quickly. Some take more time, so be patient. Cuttings can stay in the glass of water all winter if you want. However, you can choose to plant cuttings that develop large root systems in pots filled with potting soil. They'll get off to a quicker start when you plant them back outside in spring.
- Always take more cuttings than you think you'll need because some won't make it.