How To Propagate Rubber Plant In Water: Step-By-Step Guide

If you’re looking to propagate your rubber plant, or Ficus elastica, in a quick and simple way, then propagating it in water is an excellent method to try. Not only is it easy and affordable, but it’s also a great way to ensure that you have healthy new plants without spending too much money.

In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the process of propagating your rubber plant in water step-by-step.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Before getting started on propagation, make sure that you have all the necessary tools for the job. Here are some things you will need:

– Rubber plant cuttings
– A clean jar or vase (with no residue from cleaning agents)
– Water
– Shears or sharp scissors

Make sure that the jar or vase has enough space for your cutting(s) and roots to grow as they start rooting.

Step 2: Choose Your Cuttings

To propagate your rubber plant in water properly, choose healthy stems with several leaves attached. You can take cuttings from areas just below where the leaf nodes meet; these sections typically sprout roots faster than others. Make sure each cutting has at least two leaves attached.

Step 3: Trim The Cutting

Once you’ve picked out which stem(s) to use for propagation purposes, trim off any dead parts with shears/scissors before placing them into your jar/vase filled with fresh room temperature water. Be careful not to damage any of the remaining leaves when trimming; otherwise, they may fail during rooting.

Step 4: Set Up Your Propagation Station

Place your trimmed cuttings into a clean jar or vase filled halfway up with room temperature water so their lower portions are submerged while their upper portions remain above-water level. Make sure there’s enough space between each cutting so they don’t touch each other since over-crowded conditions can lead to rotting/clogging of growth tips.

Step 5: Wait

After placing your cuttings into the jar/vase with water, place it in a bright and warm location away from direct sunlight. The roots should start developing within weeks, depending on various factors such as humidity levels and temperature.

Step 6: Transplanting

Once the cutting develops sufficient roots (about 2 inches long), transfer each of them to their respective pots filled with soil. Make sure to keep them well-nourished by watering regularly but not excessively.


Propagating rubber plant using water is an easy process that anybody can do at home without much difficulty or expense. By following these six steps mentioned above, you can have more plants than before! Ensure that you give your new plant adequate care because they require some time to acclimate themselves after transplanting but eventually will grow beautifully. With enough patience and care, this method proves very successful for propagating rubber plants in no time!