Oliver Gao

How to Grow a Plant in a Glass Bottle

August 15, 2021 Follow this easy guide to grow a plant that will significantly enhance your room's ambiance.

Two green leafy plants growing in glass bottles

Does your room feel barren and in need of some life? Follow this easy guide to grow a plant that will significantly enhance your room's ambiance while barely taking up any space. I have personally repeated this process five times with great success. It's simple, and the journey is rewarding as you watch new roots and leaves sprout over the course of a few days.

I initially got the idea to do this from a friend when I saw how well their plant was growing just sitting in a root beer bottle filled with water. I also happened to have a stack of empty Starbucks glass bottles sitting at home, so I knew I had to try it for myself. In case you were wondering, I didn't just stumble upon some magical plant growing method. The technical term for this growing method is "plant propagation."

Finding the Mother Plant

The first thing you need to do is to find the "mother plant." Any green, leafy houseplant should work. The key is that you need to find a plant with nodes. Nodes are the small, brown, knob-like structures located on the lower-stem area of the plant.

Once you have located a plant with nodes, take a pair of scissors and cut off a portion of the stem, making sure it has at least one node on it. This node is where your new plant's roots will sprout.

Enter the Glass Bottle

Place your cutting in a glass bottle filled with water about three-quarters of the way, making sure the node is submerged in water. Tap water works just fine. After that, your work is done! If possible, place the bottle with the plant cutting in a place with some sunlight. Then, just wait and watch the magic happen!


After your plant grows new roots, you have successfully grown a self-sufficient plant that you can put anywhere! If you don't want your plant to grow taller or grow more leaves, leave your plant as is. You can optionally change the water every few weeks (if you remember). If you want your plant to grow new leaves, I would recommend replacing the water with potting soil. That's it! Good luck growing your mini houseplants!


One thing I like to do is rotate the plant every so often. You can observe the leaves shift to face the sunlight over the course of a few days. That's the magic of plant biology!

Check out how I've paired my plant with the light on my desk.