How to Grow Hibiscus in Water Without Soil – Hydroponic Method

To grow hibiscus flowers in water, using the hydroponic method, is really an easy task. It is not as complicated as it may sound, at least for the hibiscus plant.

The Hibiscus flower is a gorgeous plant that can live for a very long time. Its flowering period is 8-10 months. At the same time, we also need to pay attention to some maintenance methods and precautions in order to maintain the hibiscus flower better.

Hibiscus flowers are known to be very low-maintenance. In this article, I will introduce to you how to grow and care for hibiscus in water, using the hydropônic method.

Before I start with the article, I need to mention that hibiscus flowers can grow large white roots in only 10 days using the hydroponic method.

Related article: How to Make Hibiscus Plant Bloom Longer- All Tips & Tricks

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What you need to grow hibiscus flowers using the hydroponic method

Container and Water Quality

  1. Before we obtain the hibiscus cuttings, we first need to prepare a clear glass container to grow our hibiscus flower in. The size of the container matters. Make sure to choose a suitable one that is not too small or too big.
  2. I need to emphasize the importance of choosing a sterilized transparent glass container so that the growth of the hibiscus plant can be easily observed.
  3. It is also important for the quality of the water to be pure. You can obtain that by pouring some tap water into a water container and letting it sit for two days. This will allow the chlorine gas to evaporate.
  1. Then, we need to choose a good large stem with petiole leaves on from the main branch of the hibiscus flower.
  2. Make sure the stem you chose does not have any pests or any kind of disease.
  3. The length of the stem should be around 4 inches (10cm).
  4. After picking and cutting your desired stem, sterilize it using a carbendazim solution.
  5. Once you disinfect it, place it in a cool ventilated place to dry.
  6. Put your cutting into the container allowing the stem to touch the water so that the roots can grow naturally within 10 days.
  7. Submerge only one-third of the stem into the water.


If the stems you have are relatively small, you can use a foam board. Just insert the bottom of your hibiscus cuttings into the foam board, and then place it in the water.

Keep the water of the hibiscus cuttings always clean

  1. The water needs to always be clean and fresh. You have to renew it every 2 to 3 days to guarantee good and quick results.
  2. You can also choose to add gravel to the container to fix the hibiscus cuttings.
  3. Keep the glass container clean and hygienic every time you change the water.
  4. In the later stage when the roots have gotten thicker, you can change the water once a week.

Hibiscus water growth management

Whenever you change the water of your hibiscus flower, put some drops of a nutritional fertilizer in the water to maintain healthy and steady growth.

The environment your baby plant is placed in is also very important and has a significant role in growing a hibiscus plant successfully using the hydroponic method. When it comes to temperature, make sure to grow it at a moderate temperature; not too low and not too high.

During winter, of course, you need to keep it inside to avoid damage from frostbite. The place you put your hibiscus in is also important. It needs to be a ventilated area with no strong light such as direct sunlight. Preferably, place it in a semi-shady area.


Growing flowers using the hydroponic method is actually easier than it seems. Many flower growers prefer this method to avoid the mess the soil makes, and the pests it attracts, such as soil mites.

Using water as a replacement for soil is also economical as it does not require much water for irrigation.

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