Welcome to our guide to prayer plant propagation in water. You can easily propagate a prayer plant in a jar of water, and they can grow there indefinitely if you keep the water topped up. They propagate very easily and have abundant white roots in water that look great on display in a glass container.
How To Propagate A Prayer Plant In Water
Take a cutting
With a prayer plant you want to get the node in and two leaves if possible. One leaf is ok, but you need the node. This is the wider knuckle where branches grow from. It is also where the cutting will root from. You can take multiple cuttings if you like.
Let the cuttings heal for a few hours
You want the open cuts to completely heal over first or they can go mushy in water.
Fill a Jar with filtered tap water
I use filtered water as they can be sensitive to ‘hard’ water. A fairly thin jar is ideal as they hold the leaves out of the water but allow the nodes to be fully submerged. Leaves can rot if they fall in the water.
Keep the jar topped up and somewhere with indirect light while it roots
If any cuttings start to rot, take them out. Keep the water topped up to above the nodes.
They should start to root quickly
They start to root in days, and in a month or two they should be well rooted, then you can…
Pot them up into soil
When they have developed roots that touch the sides of the jar you can move them to soil. It is also possible to keep them in water if you like, they look great with their roots on display.
Prayer Plant Propagation In Water – frequently asked questions
Prayer plants propagate well in water alone, just keep an eye on the it and change the water if it turns cloudy.
You can root a cutting in water, then keep it here to grow permanently. It will grow faster in soil but will do fine in water alone.
The best way to propagate a prayer plant is to water propagate the cutting for a few weeks then move it to soil.