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NanehI
Nov 7, 2017 5:32 PM CST
Hey all,

Im trying to create a fast growing, strong root system using only water. I know some plants like mint and rosemary grow really well in water; however, i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for other plants that are easily propogated in water AND have strong root structures and are hopefully fast growing.

Thanks in advance,

Naneh
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LizDTM
Nov 7, 2017 6:51 PM CST
I grew tomato and cucumber hydroponically earlier this year. Both grew like gangbusters. Lettuce also grows well with aquaponics.
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Nov 7, 2017 8:18 PM CST
My daughter has Kale in her hydroponic system. It is HUGE!
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TsFlowers
Nov 7, 2017 8:50 PM CST
Welcome! to the site . . . you mention mint and rosemary; both herbs. Are you speaking of herbs or houseplants too. Because I know from my mom that Golden Pothos Golden Pothos (Epipremnum 'Golden Queen') grows really well in water. She has a plant in potting mix and when it gets real long she clips all the stems off and places them in a vase. They form a mass of roots in the vase.
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plantmanager
Nov 7, 2017 8:54 PM CST
There are so many plants that grow well in water. Here are a few:
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sallyg
Nov 8, 2017 6:53 AM CST
Depending on exactly your goal, I think the tomatoes, cucumbers, or other from seed will make a faster, big set of roots, than typical houseplant cutting. Tomato and cucumber will also make a bigger plant on top- don't know if that's going to be a problem.
Do you want to tell us more about what you want? Demonstrating roots for science class..?
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NanehI
Nov 8, 2017 7:45 AM CST
Sure -- it's sort of an art/science project. I shouldve clarified, i'm looking for plant cuttings, not to grow from seed. I'm experimenting with being able to manipulate root growth in certain directions. My philodendron cuttings make bulky roots in water, grows pretty quickly. Was wondering if there were any plants that functioned similarly.
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sallyg
Nov 8, 2017 4:59 PM CST
Coleus makes roots really fast. Spider plant baby plants too. Tradescantia family, often called wandering Jew or inch plants.
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TheWitchBoy
Nov 9, 2017 8:23 PM CST
I'd also suggest Christmas Cactus and mint. My Christmas Cacti are always growing roots when I haven't the time or resources to pot them, though I'm not sure how fast they root, really?

Maybe bamboo or impatiens?
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