How To Propagate An Umbrella Plant In Water: Everything You Need To Know

Umbrella plants, also known as Schefflera, are beautiful tropical houseplants commonly used for interior decoration. But did you know that propagating them in water is an easy and affordable way to grow a new plant? In this blog post, we’ll explore the step-by-step process of how to propagate an umbrella plant in water.

What You Will Need

Before starting the propagation process, it’s important to have all the necessary tools at hand. Here’s what you will need:

– An umbrella plant stem
– A clean sharp scissors or pruning shears
– A clear glass jar or vase filled with clean tap water (distilled water is preferable)
– Optional: rooting hormone powder

Step 1: Choose a Stem

The first step is to choose a healthy stem from your existing umbrella plant. Select one that has several leaves and nodes on it; these are where roots will form. Make sure the stem is long enough—around four inches—to submerge completely into the water.

Step 2: Cut The Stem

Using your scissors or pruning shears, cut off the selected stem just below its second leaf node (where two leaves meet). This section of stem should be free from any flowers or buds.

Step 3: Remove The Lower Leaves

Once you’ve cut off the desired section of stem, remove all but two lower sets of leaves using your fingers. This helps prevent excess moisture loss during propagation while allowing room for root growth.

Step 4: Prepare The Jar Or Vase

Fill your chosen clear glass jar or vase with fresh tap water at room temperature. If possible, use distilled water since it lacks minerals that could hinder root growth. Add optional rooting hormone powder by following package instructions if desired.

Step 5: Place Umbrella Plant Stem In Water

After preparing the vessel and cutting off excess foliage from your chosen stem put it into prepared container – ideally up until where the leaves start. Keep the jar or vase in a well-lit place, but avoid direct sunlight to prevent leaf damage.

Step 6: Wait and Monitor

Over time, roots will begin to sprout from the lower nodes of your umbrella plant stem. Regularly check on its progress by changing the water every few days and examining for signs of growth.

Step 7: Transfer Plant To Soil

After about four weeks, when you see at least one inch of root growth, it’s time to transfer your new plant into soil carefully. The potting soil needs to be moistened before planting so that it can support continuous growth from established roots.


Propagating an umbrella plant in water is an easy way to grow additional plants while reducing your overall expenditure on indoor plants. By following these seven simple steps, you can propagate this tropical houseplant without any hassle.The added benefit of not having to purchase a seedling means that there is less environmental impact needed as well! Happy propagating!