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You can use cuttings from plants or plants in soil for your water garden. If the plant is in soil, wash the roots with tepid water being careful to not damage the roots. Next, take a container and put a few pieces of charcoal in the bottom. Then add enough water to cover the roots and part of the stem. Never let any of the leaves remain in the water as this will cause them to rot. Don't forget the charcoal. This will keep the water pure and clear. Do not change the water unless you have an accumulation of algae or dead roots. After a few days you can add a few drops of liquid fertilizer.

The only insects that you may encounter in your water garden are white flies and spider mites. Wash the leaves with soap and water. This will get rid of them.

Plants for your water garden:
Arrowheads
Syngonium: Creeping or climbing vines with shiny leaves of dark green. A good climber.
S. Podophyllum Tri Leaf Wonder: The centers of the leaves are generally a light green, deepening toward the edges.
S. Macrophyllum: Large, emerald green, heart shaped leaves. Also a climber.
S.Wendlandii: A more compact member of the genus family, with deep green leaves and sharply contrasting white veining.
Chinese Evergreen
Coleus
Dracaena
German Ivy
Ivy, Hetaera
Hawaiian Tree Fern
Miniature Sweet Flag
Philodendron
Sweet Potatoes, Ipomoea

Containers:
Choose the container that you prefer. Glass bowls, glass jars, etc. You can find all sorts of pretty containers at thrift stores and yard sales. Some of my prettiest containers have come from these sources. Other containers that can be used are battery jars, beakers, flasks, graduated cylinders, museum jars, show bottles, volumetric flasks, test tubes, and vases. You will soon find out that the container that you choose is only limited to your imagination.
You will enjoy your water garden for many years.