How To Propagate ZZ Plant In Water? Basics Explained

Are you ready to learn the ins and outs of propagating your ZZ plant in water? Good news, because that’s exactly what we’re going to cover in this article.

Let’s start with the basics. What is propagating, you ask? Simply put, it’s the process of creating new plants from existing ones. In this case, we’ll be taking cuttings from a mature ZZ plant and growing them in water until they develop roots, at which point they can be transplanted into soil.

How To Propagate ZZ Plant In Water?

Before we get started, let’s go over a few things you’ll need:

  • A mature ZZ plant
  • Scissors or pruning shears
  • Clean water (tap water is fine, but purified or distilled water is best)
  • Glass jars or vases (clear is best so you can see the roots growing)
  • A sunny spot (but not too sunny, you don’t want to cook your little babies!)

Now, let’s get to the fun part: cutting!

When selecting which stem to cut, look for a healthy stem with at least one or two leaves.

A stem that is green and healthy with good leaves is a good choice.

Use scissors or pruning shears to make a clean cut about 2-4 inches long.

Once you have your cutting, it’s time to prep it for its watery home.

Remove any leaves from the bottom half of the stem, this will be submerged in water, so you don’t want any leaves rotting and causing problems.

Now it’s time to plop it in the water.

It’s best to use a clear container so you can see the roots growing, but any container will work as long as it’s clean.

Fill the container with water and place the cutting in, making sure the bottom 1-2 inches of the stem are submerged.

Congratulations, you’ve officially propagated!

Now, all you have to do is wait.

Roots will begin to form in about 2-3 weeks, and you’ll know they’re ready when they’re white and healthy looking.

Once the roots have formed, it’s time to transplant your little baby into soil.


Propagating your ZZ plant in water is a simple and fun process that anyone can do. Just remember to keep an eye on your cuttings, and make sure they have enough light and the right amount of water. 

Here is an article on how to propagate your zz plant.

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