Pretty plants that only need water to bloom
Updated 19:57, 28-Feb-2019
By Ding Qian, Zhang Xinrui

Growing plants in water is not just a good choice for people who don't like to mess with dirt, they are also a low maintenance method for people who have limited space. To grow these plants, all you need is a glass or a jar - and some water!

Paperwhite

Paperwhite flowers /VCG Photo

Paperwhite flowers /VCG Photo

Paperwhites require little more than water. The beautiful clusters of blooms grow from bulbs and the flowers that grow from them carry a strong fragrance. The stems grow completely upright and they mature at a height of around 30-45 cm.

The paperwhite is a common houseplant and easy to take care of. In order to prevent rooting, keep the water level below the base of the bulbs.

Pothos

Pothos /VCG Photo

Pothos /VCG Photo

Pothos, also known as the money plant, is a popular houseplant that is hard to kill, so it's also called devil's ivy. It is an evergreen vine that is near the top of the list of plants that can help cleanse the air in your room and office.

Hyacinth

Hyacinth /VCG Photo

Hyacinth /VCG Photo

This flower is known for its strong fragrance and bright color. There are thousands of varieties to choose from and if you want to grow a hyacinth in water, purchase pre-chilled bulbs and use forcing jars (bulb vases) to make grow them upwards.

Keep the plant cool until the root system has developed, then transfer the vase to a brighter and warmer place when its shoots turn green.

Lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo /VCG photo

Lucky bamboo /VCG photo

Lucky bamboo is a native African species that has green, twisted leaves. The stem is quite fleshy, which makes it different from typical bamboo. As a popular houseplant, it prefers dry air and being out of direct sunlight. The plant can grow in soil and water. It's recommended to replace the water every week and leave the tap water out for a day before using it.

Asparagus setaceus

Asparagus setaceus /VCG Photo

Asparagus setaceus /VCG Photo

This plant is also referred to lace fern. It comes from Southern Africa and is commonly grown as a houseplant. Put the plant in a humid spot with indirect light, and it can reach a height of 3-6 meters when it matures.

Watermelon pilea

Watermelon pilea /VCG Photo

Watermelon pilea /VCG Photo

Native to China and Vietnam, the flower is an evergreen perennial. It is cultivated as a houseplant and can be easily grown both in soil and water. The plant has shiny green leaves that are covered in unique patterns.

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