The No-Soil, Zero-Maintenance Method for Growing Houseplants

We have come up with a solution for people who love houseplants, but when their feline roommates treat the fiddle leaf fig like their own personal litter box, they do not love. Here are 15 herbs and house plants that can grow hydroponically, which means they can survive in a vase full of water without potting soil. This dirt-free method is not only pet-friendly and low-maintenance, but some amazing arrangements are also produced.

How it works: Plants need water, oxygen, nutrients, and some support to stay upright in order to grow. Traditional houseplants are served by soil with the last two needs. But if you ditch the dirt in favor of nutrient-rich water and a bottle-neck vase that supports the stems? Then, presto—you’ve got yourself a soil-free garden.

Why it’s the best ever: This method completely eliminates the leading causes of houseplant death: over- and under-watering. Without soil, your plants are also far less likely to face disease or pest problems. Plus, daily maintenance is reduced to a once-a-month water refill.

How to set it up:

Choose a plant you know will be rooting in water (see below for some choices that work best), and cut off a segment just below the leaf where the natural rooting hormone of the plant is active.

While the cut is still fresh, place the plant segment in a glass container with water. Choose a vessel with a thinner neck that will support the stem of the plant, like the rounded glass vases above from Heimelig. Because the new plant will receive all of its nutrients from the water, the type of water is key here. Use bottled spring or well water rather than tap water, which is often stripped of nutrients thanks to filtration and chlorination.

Watch your budding plant buddy for signs of rooting, which typically begins after 2 weeks. When the water runs low, top it off with some more bottled water.

Plants to choose from: This is not an exhaustive list, but you can start with a few simple varieties.


– Basil
– Rosemary
– Lavender
– Sage


  • English Ivy
  • Philodendron
  • Coleus
  • Fiddle leaf fig
  • Begonia
  • Geranium
  • Spider plants
  • Jade
  • Peace Lily

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