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Some house plants will root in water.

Traditional advice is to start cuttings in a solid medium such as sand or vermiculite. Many plants, however, will rool easily in plain water. Although commercial growers scarcely ever use this technique, home gardeners have good reasons for doing so. When you shape a spindly house plant by cutting off its excess growth, you can place the trimmings in water to make a decorative arrangement. Eventually these cuttings will root and you'll have new plants. As a secondary benefit, you will probably stimulate some new growth on the parent plant.

If you choose leakproof containers of metal, galss, or stoneware, you won't need saucers. Try favorite pitchers, decanters, or vases.

Be sure to maintain an adequate water level in the container. Pour off water and replace with fresh water occasionally, espeically if you notice any unpleasant odor rising from the jar. (This often happens because leaves are submerged; remove them from underwater parts of the cuttings.)

When you transplant rooted cuttings to pots, sift of carefully pour barely damp or dry potting mix around roots--don't tamp or pack. Soak well, then keep plants in a humid atmosphere until new growth actively begins.

Among the plants you can easily root in water are Aglaonema, cane-type begonias, Brassaia, Callisia, coleus, dieffenbachia, ivy philodendron, Pletranthus (Swedish ivy), pothos, schellera, Tradescantia, and Zebrina.
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