Published on November 8, 2019

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Becoming a full-time plant parent isn’t so different from starting a real family. For one thing, it requires some financial planning. (Fiddle-leaf figs don’t come cheap.) If you aren’t ready to drop a small fortune at the nursery, you may want to consider an alternative route: propagation. 

A new report from Pinterest reveals searches for “indoor water gardens” (aka propagation) are on the rise this season (they’re up +334 percent). This method of growing new greenery from potted plants you already have—long story short: you cut off a stem or leaf and submerge it in a large glass vessel with water—is an easy and inexpensive way to clone your personal oasis. The best species for this, according to a beginner’s guide from The Sill, are aroid plants (ones that originate from an ancestor that lived in swamps, which gives them the ability to thrive in water). Here are six popular options trending on Pinterest, which you can either propagate or let flourish entirely underwater. Chances are, you already have one of these green thumb–approved varieties in your home.

Once the new roots reach at least one inch (this can take anywhere from four to six weeks, according to The Sill), transfer the cuttings to a pot with fresh potting mix and root hormone gel for extra nourishment. More is most definitely more.

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