7 Houseplants That Love Water

Plants come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. They also, just like people, have their own likes and dislikes. When it comes to water, some plants like their soil dry, while others love water.

There are some houseplants that love water so much that they can grow in only water and no soil! These plants include Arrowhead Vine, Strawberry Begonia, Impatiens, Lucky Bamboo, Spiderwort, Mint, and Dieffenbachia.

So let’s dive into each of these plants and how to care for them in your home.

1.  Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium)

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Syngonium, or Arrowhead Vine, is a gorgeous trailing vine with leaves that start out looking like arrowheads. As they mature, they differentiate into full-sized leaves that can vary in color from orange to lime green, to even bright pink!

Arrowhead Vines are native to South America, that’s why they like light, warmth, and a lot of water. That said, their potting mix has to be well-draining to avoid root rot, to which they’re susceptible.

In the warm seasons, like spring, summer, and early fall, water them frequently and regularly. In the winter, taper off the frequency of watering as they’re not as active.

For best results, plant your Arrowhead Vines in terracotta pots with enough drainage holes. That way, the soil won’t be able to hold on to the excess moisture.

2.  Strawberry Begonia

This eye-catching plant with its showy foliage gives real strawberry shrubs a run for their money. Strawberry Begonias are simple plants that are super easy to grow and take care of. They also have fuzzy, red-hued leaves to boot!

Caring for Strawberry Begonia plants requires moist, but well-draining soil. Go for something well-aerated and lightweight, so you don’t suffocate the roots. They like bright, indirect sunlight, but not so intense as to burn the leaves.

When you’re watering the plant, you should be careful not to get water on the leaves. This is an important tip for any plant with fuzzy or otherwise textured leaves. That’s because standing water can be a breeding ground for fungal infections.

3.  Impatiens


Impatiens flowers are gorgeous blooms that come in a variety of colors including red, pink, white, purple, violet, and coral. They thrive in warmer climates all year round, but in the cold, they’re treated as annuals that only last for one season.

Caring for Impatiens requires well-draining, slightly acidic soil. You should frequently water the plant to avoid fainting spells. Aim for about four inches of water in the warm months and two inches in the off-season.

Just make sure the soil remains at pH 6.0 to 6.2 and never gets spongy or boggy.

As for light conditions, unlike other flowering plants, Impatiens plants don’t need a lot of light to bloom. In fact, they can do pretty well in the shade and still blossom beautifully.

4.  Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo is a huge part of Chinese culture and tradition. It’s often used to increase the good feng shui of a space, and different numbered stalks symbolize different blessings.

Unlike actual bamboo, lucky bamboo is related to succulents more than its woody namesake. However, it grows quite as fast and can be trained to either grow in a straight line or in different curly formations.

Lucky bamboo can be grown in various mediums, from potting soil to just a vase with water. It should have at least an inch of water covering the root at all times. You should also change the water in the vase at least weekly. In pots, the soil should be moist, but not waterlogged.

That said, you should be careful not to water lucky bamboo using straight-up tap water. That’s because it contains chlorine and other chemicals that can kill the plant. Instead, use rainwater or distilled water.

You can also leave tap water out for 24 hours so all the chemicals get a chance to evaporate.

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5.  Spiderwort

Spiderwort is a flowering plant that produces dainty, three-petaled blooms that only last a single day. The plant has no shortage of these beauties, though, and growing it can be a highly rewarding experience!

Caring for Spiderwort isn’t at all complicated. Aside from needing a few hours of indirect sunlight, enough moisture, and frequent deadheading to encourage blooming, you’re all set!

With that in mind, you should know that to get the best results out of your Spiderwort, you should plant it in rich, neutral soil. It should also have frequent water, but never get waterlogged.

While it can survive in the shade, Spiderwort requires sunlight to flower continuously. Sometimes, though, you might need to prune it in order to get it to bloom or to prevent it from looking unkempt. Just cut it back, leaving 8 to 12-inch stems with a few leaves to revive it.

6.  Mint

Mint plants are amazing in so many ways. Besides being delightfully aromatic, they’re super hardy, almost impossible to destroy, and can literally grow everywhere if given the chance!

Aside from culinary purposes, you can plant Mint anywhere you want its rich, fragrant aroma to shine. Some people go as far as planting it in cobblestone walkways. That way, when the leaves get crushed, they release their gorgeous perfume.

The most important thing to remember when choosing to grow Mint plants is to plant them in containers. That’s because they can overgrow, hoard all the nutrients, and suffocate other plants, acting more like an invasive species than a nice garden herb.

Mint plants prefer growing in partial shade, as they can dry out or get scorched by direct sunlight. If you can’t help putting them in the sun, make sure you water the soil frequently.

Any type of soil can accommodate Mint pretty well, but the plants do better in neutral pH and rich soil. Just make sure that water gets to the bottom of the soil, not just the top layers!

7.  Dieffenbachia


Dieffenbachia is a decorative plant that can reach 10 feet in height. More often than not, though, you’ll find it growing to reach 3–5 feet tall. It used to be called “Dumbcane” because it has a toxin that can inhibit speech, but the name fell out of favor because of its derogatory nature.

Growing Dieffenbachia isn’t at all complicated and pretty rewarding. It can grow up to 2 feet in the year it’s first planted! All you need is a loosely-packed potting mix, a well-draining container, and lots and lots of fresh water.

In fact, if your Dieffenbachia is quite large, you should water it at least twice weekly because it needs the moisture. That said, avoid overwatering in the winter to prevent stagnation and root rot.

It’s poisonous to humans and animals alike, so keep it out of the reach of small children and pets.

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Wrap Up: 7 Houseplants That Love Water

Growing houseplants can be challenging for those of us who can’t stop watering them. The plants end up overwatered and die as a result—which is an unfortunate outcome.

This doesn’t have to be the case, though! Getting houseplants that love water ensures you probably won’t overwater your plants even if you tried. Our picks include Arrowhead Vine, Strawberry Begonia, Lucky Bamboo, Mint, and more beautiful plants.

Just make sure you provide your plants with pots that allow for adequate drainage. That’s because stagnant water invites lots of unwanted guests, like bacteria and fungi. Those threaten the health and condition of the houseplant and all of its neighbors.

You should also try planting some of the above-mentioned picks in a water vase with some pebbles. These make for beautiful indoor decor and are pretty easy to take care of!