How to Grow a Plant in a Pitcher


Many plants thrive wonderfully in a pitcher of water as opposed to a pot of soil, which can require too much maintenance for some inexperienced growers. Plants such as potatoes, onions, garlic and a variety of herbs grow well in pitchers as decorative and even culinary plants in a kitchen windowsill or other well-lighted location. Pitcher-growing in your home is a simple and brief process.

Step 1

Fill the glass pitcher about three-quarters full with water.

Step 2

Push a toothpick into each side of the potato.

Step 3

Drop the potato into the glass pitcher. If the toothpicks are in the potato properly, they will hold the potato halfway in the water.

Step 4

Keep only half of the potato submerged in the water. Eventually, vines will sprout from the eyes of the potato.

Step 5

Place the pitcher in a sunny windowsill or on your dining room table as a decorative and green vine.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear glass water pitcher (approx. 1 gallon)
  • Small potato with a lot of "eyes" sprouting on it
  • Toothpicks


  • Idaho State University: Growing Potatoes In Water
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