Bloom Thyme Friday: WaterWorks

For as long as I can remember, I have had a “sprig of something” rooting in water on a windowsill. My mom did that. My grandmother did that. My Aunt Myrtle did that.

This process never fails to wow me. Never fails to bring me great joy. I love being able to see the tiny roots form. Showing life. Showing rebirth. Showing re-creation. A good reminder of how simple the needs of a plant and a person can be. Strong roots that start growing slowly and get stronger as they continue to feed on things that are good for them. Basic things โ€ฆ like water.

Life can get complicated, but in reality our needs are so basic. God. Water. Family. Friends. Red Lipstick. Tacos.ย ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’„๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ˜‰

On my potting shed windowsill today I have Coleus, Mint, Wandering Jew, Unidentified Trailing Plant, 3 African Violets (that are just about ready to be potted up) and Lavender (lavender roots best if you get down to the woody part of the stem)!

Not every plant will root in water. Many things I have tried just rotted.

Today I returned home from California to see roots on something I have never been able to root in water before!ย 


For the very first time, I have roots on a Rugosa Rose cutting! I am just over the moon about this one.ย 

Last week when I walked into my daughter’s California kitchen, guess what I saw.

Her windowsill with plants getting their baby roots. Joy! #happymomma

I even have a “sprig of something” on my kitchen windowsill where it gets little to no light! (Wandering Jew)

Do you like to put “sprigs of something” in water?

PROCESS (It’s Basic.)

Take cutting
Remove last 3 or 4 sets of leaves
Put stem in a tiny bit of root tone
Put in water
For most plants, sun will definitely help!
Watch for roots!

For African Violets, I just take a leaf and suspend it in water. Small jam jars covered in plastic wrap secured with a strong rubber band will do the trick! Cut a slit in the plastic wrap.


Keep putting down deep, strong roots and Happy Bloom Thyme Friday!

8 thoughts on “Bloom Thyme Friday: WaterWorks

  1. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your “jew” is not ‘wondering.” He is “wandering.” I love this Had never thought of the other possibility. ๐Ÿ™‚ One question: you root roses in water? in summer? I am a hopeless windowsill rooter. Gaye Ingram

  2. Those roots on the rugosa are very exciting and they look vigorous too! When I was working in the corporate world I had a sprig of ivy in a green bottle on the window sill, and it not only grew roots but it also climbed up the office wall!

  3. I think I have caught up with you now, Theresa. Congratulations on rooting the rose cutting in water! I have only tried our heavy clay soil here, which works about 50% of the time. I will give you method a try.

  4. Dearest Beautiful Teresa,
    Saving glass also always means you have a lovely little something to share your roses in! Lovely post! And like you I’m always attracted to something shiney, and red lipstick! We’re just girly girls I guess, lol

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