What Plants Grow With Stones & Water?

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What Plants Grow With Stones & Water?
Lucky bamboo grows in stones and water. (lucky bamboo close up image by Trevor Goodwin from Fotolia.com)

Try growing plants in stones and water to show off a funky glass container or vintage canning jar. Many commonly available houseplants grow well in stones and water. Use colourful aquarium gravel or tiny natural stones. Changing the water regularly keeps the plants free of bacteria. If you observe discoloured water or foul odours, change the water more frequently than you have been doing.


The succulent jade (Crassula Argentea) grows well in water and stones and needs little care. The plants have thick, rough brown stems and fleshy, ovoid green leaves. The leaves store water. Place jade plants where they receive direct sun, such as a south-facing window. Jade plants prefer growing environments of 10.0 to 21.1 degrees C, so keep away from draughty locations where cold winter air can get the plant.

English Ivy

Fast-growing English ivy (Hedera helix) crawls up walls but it also makes a houseplant if trimmed regularly. Grow English ivy in stones and water. Give this plant indirect sunlight or low light. As with jade plants, keep this plant in a room that's 10.0 to 23.8 degrees C since it can be damaged by excessive cold or heat. Trim the long tendrils regularly with scissors.

Lucky Bamboo

Technically not a bamboo, lucky bamboo (Dracaena spp.) grows well in water and is low maintenance. Give this plant indirect light to avoid burning the leaves. Stick the stalks of lucky bamboo in a shallow pot and add stones to help keep the stalks in place. Add 1 to 3 inches of water (more water means more roots, which can be unsightly); change the water every two weeks.

Paperwhite Narcissus

Paperwhite narcissus bulbs (Narcissus tazetta) can be forced in the winter to create fragrant indoor plants. Native to the Mediterranean, these bulbs produce small white flowers on long stems. Nestle the bulbs in a container of stones so half the bulbs are covered, then add water to cover the stones. In four weeks, you'll enjoy fragrant blooms.

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