10 succulent plants that you can keep in water and won’t rot

Reproducing succulents in water is something that all lovers of this type of plant should know. Succulents are almost always kept in soil, yet they can also be kept in water without the risk of damaging them or, even worse, rotting them.

In general, succulents are not easy plants to propagate. They can be propagated through leaves, cuttings, or by division, but had you ever thought it was possible to propagate them in water? Below we explain how to do it and list the succulents that are best suited for this practice.

How to propagate succulents in water
Step one. Choose the succulents you want to propagate and detach a stem from the mother plant. Use a well-sharpened cutter to avoid damaging the plant.

Second step. Let the cut heal for about 2-3 days. Once healed, the plant is ready to generate roots if placed in water.

Step three. Fill a container with water and dip the piece of succulent into it. Make sure there is a space between the cut and the water to allow air to pass through. The plant needs water and oxygen to access nutrients.

Step four. Once the roots are formed, you can transplant the succulent into a pot, or keep it in water, changing the latter whenever it becomes cloudy.

Which succulents can I keep in water?

About 18 different species belong to this family of succulents, and they have a rose-like shape. Their growth rate is medium, and it will take years before they need to change pots.

Echeveria imbricata

Its leaves are more “plump,” needing plenty of sun exposure, good ventilation and well-drained soil. They can be propagated through seeds, cuttings or leaves.


This family contains more than 620 different species, and one of the greatest characteristics of these types of plants is their extraordinary climate resistance. They can be propagated in water.


There are more than 60 species; the most common is similar to aloe vera but has beautiful white streaks.

Haworthia cooperi

These are plants that need very little care, can be kept in water and give beautiful flowers in spring.

Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

Although it is an outdoor plant, it can be kept in water indoors because of its extraordinary hardiness.

Kalanchoe laxiflora

It has very long, branching stems that can reach 30-50 cm in height. It can be propagated in water.

Sedum rubrotinctum

This plant can reach 20 centimeters in height, needs a very bright or sunny environment and can be propagated in water.