A vase is a versatile interior decor object and can look great in any number of settings. The difficulty is, that it is not always possible to keep them stocked with fresh flowers.
Few things beat fresh flowers. The aromas, colors, and life they bring into the home are positively uplifting! However, most people (myself included) simply do not have enough time to replace them whenever they start to droop and as much as we may wish otherwise, it may be a little much to ask of our partners to come home with a new bouquet every week!
Does that mean our vases need to sit empty? Never! A small vase, or even a single stem vase, can offer the perfect vessel for propagating your house plants. It is so easy to propagate plants from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a healthy cutting and somewhere for it to grow.
Keeping an offshoot in a vase is very straightforward and has several enviable benefits, including:
- It being impossible to overwater them
- There is no need to worry about diseases and pests that love to live in soil (particularly during the cold winter months)
- Cuttings are very low-maintenance and require little of your time
Just remember, when taking a cutting from a plant, it is best to cut under the leaf. This is where you will find a large concentration of rooting hormone that will allow the offshoot to capture nutrients and regrow.
There are several common houseplants that are simply perfect for this purpose. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Spider Plant - The spider plant is a very popular indoor plant owing to its hardiness under a broad range of conditions. To propagate, pour demineralized water into a vase, make sure the bulk of its leaves remain outside of the water, and place it in indirect sunlight.
- Pothos - The ideal Pothos (Devil’s Ivy) cutting will have at least four leaves and two growth nodes. These plants prefer to grow in the same medium throughout their life. This means that you do not need to transfer a Pothos cutting to the soil once it has developed roots and will happily spend all its days in your favorite vase.
- Ivy - Ivy is very happy to grow in water alone. Simply cut off the lowest leaves and place the cutting in your vase (a single stem vase can be great for this). The roots should begin to develop within a few short weeks.
- Jade - Propagation in water is often the preferred method for Jade as it tends to grow faster than in soil. Similar to Ivy, root formation should begin after about 3 weeks.
- Peace Lily - Peace Lillies can do very well in water. Just make sure to only submerge the roots in distilled water and not the rest of the plant.
- English Ivy - Another ivy plant that does exceedingly well when propagated in a water-filled vase. Take a cutting of approximately 4-6 inches in length, remove all the lower leaves, and place in water. It’s that simple!
- Philodendron - Another favorite plant for those that like to propagate their cuttings in water. The philodendron doesn’t even need to be potted to continue growing, though you can place it in soil at a later date if you prefer. Such is the versatility of this plant!
- Begonia - Simply submerge the stem part way in the water while making sure the leaves remain dry. Then place your container or vase in a place with plenty of light and your cutting will thrive.
Propagating plants in water is a fantastic, inexpensive way to expand your plant collection, whilst also repurposing your empty vases. However, if all this still sounds too time-consuming, we have just the thing.
Our designer vases have been created as works of art in their own right. The Etta vase and Eros Vase look just as stunning with a flower or cutting as they do on their own. We wanted these interior decor objects to elevate any space at any time, making them perfect if you want to add a touch of nature to your room as and when you please.
Xx - The Capra Designs Team