How to Grow Methi in Water | Growing Fenugreek Without Soil

Last Updated: 18.10.2023
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Learn How to Grow Methi in Water to have fresh greens organically in your own kitchen garden without worrying much about messy soil!

What is Methi?

How to Grow Methi in Water

The botanical name of Methi or Fenugreek is Trigonella foenum-graecum. Methi is known for its multiple health benefits; it is an important vegetable in India. Growing methi in the soil may be easy, but the process of harvesting it can get uneasy and messy. So, if you’re wondering How to Grow Methi in Water, this article is for you!

Common Names: Gandhbija, Gandhaphal, Mente, Bahupatrika, Dipani, Vendayam, Chandrika, Uluva, Methee, Methi sag, Kasoori Methi

Propagation of Methi Plant

It is really easy to grow these plants from seeds. If you are growing it in your garden for yourself, you can use methi seeds from your kitchen. All you have to do to propagate methi is to get some seeds from the kitchen and soak them in water overnight. Drain the water and spread the seeds on a tray, covering them with a damp cloth. Keep them covered until they sprout. The best thing about methi is they grow pretty quickly!

How to Grow Methi in Water

How to Grow Methi in Water 2

If you wish to grow the plant in water, the following section will provide you with all the information related to the propagation of methi in water.


  • Soaked and sprouted methi seeds
  • A netted basket/ strainer
  • Mineral water as per the need
  • Bucket/Bowl
  • Damp cloth


  1. Firstly, take the methi dana sprouts and spread them evenly on the given strainer or netted basket. Make sure to choose one with small holes in it as there is a possibility of seeds falling off if it has bigger holes.
  2. Make sure that the strainer and bucket/ bowl you take fix into each other properly. The base of the strainer must touch the water surface in the bucket/bowl.
  3. Fill your bucket/ bowl with fresh water.
  4. Place the strainer on the top of the bucket/ bowl and cover it back with a damp cloth. You will find the roots developing out of the strainer in the next two-three days.
  5. Keep changing the water every alternate day to avoid the development of any kind of insects of algae.
  6. Once you see the leaves developing after two to four days, place your plants in a sunny spot for faster growth. Give them at least 4-5 hours of the morning daylight.
  7.  Methi will be ready to eat in the next 9-11 days. By this time, the leaves will reach up to a height of 4-6 inches in length.

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Methi Plant Care

The following are some pointers to take care of while growing methi in the kitchen garden.

  1. When you are growing the plant in water, make sure you are using mineral water, as it provides the necessary nutrients.
  2. If you do not have time to take care of the sunlight requirements of your plants, keep it under indirect sunlight rather than placing it in direct light.
  3. Keep the plant covered with a damp cloth. Do not let the fabric get dry, and keep on sprinkling water to it. A wet cloth will help in maintaining the humidity in the plants.
  4. You can also use a plastic container or another bowl to create greenhouse conditions for better growth of your plants.

Also Read: How To Harvest Methi Leaves?

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