Propagation containers filled with plants

Propagating Roots in Water using Propagation Vases & Stations

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The world of decoration evolves from year to year, and as time goes by, new trends appear.

If it is true that vases have always been fashionable decorative elements, the trend of root propagation is very recent.

The principle? Grow plants and flowers at home without soil while watching your roots spread in water.

What you need? A suitable glass propagation vase, water, and a hydroponic growing solution to replace the minerals usually contained in potting soil.

The benefits? A unique decoration, especially thanks to the propagation of roots in water; but also a positive ecological impact with pieces made of quality and sustainable materials.

In this article, we will : 

  • Give a quick introduction of what root propagation and Propagation Vessels are
  • See what the best Propagation Vases and Stations are
  • Take a look at original ways to propagate your roots

 Let's begin !

Grow and Propagate your Plants' Roots using Propagation Vases

A woman holding a propagation planter

Seeing your roots grow in water is an incredible phenomenon. But to make the most of it, it's important to have the best vases and to know the best methods to propagate your plants!

This part will be dedicated to quickly define the root propagation of plants and flowers in water and to then show you how to set up this process using the right vessels.

How to best Prepare your Cuttings for Root Propagation?

Propagating your roots in water by making cuttings is not very difficult: you don't need root cutting tools or special skills in this field. However, for this process to be successful, there are a few elements to know to make the most of its decorative aspect:

  1. There are some plants whose roots propagate better than others. Best plants for root cuttings include sumac, lilac, blackberry etc. 
  2. We advise you to inform yourself in advance about the specificity of the roots of each plant because some are very long and are thus not adapted to all the containers.
  3. We recommend you to take root cuttings in autumn or winter, when plants are in their dormant stage.

To best cut your plant for water propagation, you have to find a nod (the spot where a leaf begins to grow), and cut below it (about 0.25 in).

Now that you have your cutting, let's move to the second part!

    How to Propagate your Roots using a Propagation Vase?

    Once you have your cutting, the next step is simple: place it in a glass propagation vase filled with water!

    Below are the most stylish propagation vases:

    Glass Propagation Vase

    Although this model is basic, it will fulfill all its functions and will allow you an optimal diffusion of your roots in the water.

    Glass propagation vase with roots in water

    Bulb Propagation Vase

    With a bulbous shape, this vase will put a little more emphasis on spreading your roots in the water. Built with beautiful glass and wood pieces, it will bring an extra decorative touch to your home.

    Bulb Propagation Vase filled with a plant

    Vintage Propagation Vase

    Who said vintage was outdated? With rather old and dull colors, this vase will bring something different to the rooms of your home.

    Empty Vintage Hydroponic Vase

    Large Propagation Vase

    Some plants have invasive roots that spread in large quantities, which can sometimes be a problem to propagate, but don't worry: this large vase will allow you to spread the roots of any flower or plant thanks to its large capacity!

    Large propagation vase filled with plants and flowers

    Beware: as said before, you must know the specificities of the roots of your plants, because it will have an impact on the size of the vase you will choose.

    To make your roots spread in the best way, pay attention to the following elements:

    • Water temperature: make sure that it is between 68°F to 70°F. Otherwise, your roots could age and rot quickly.
    • Water renewal: make sure to change your Propagation Vase's water every two to three days.
    • Adding Hydroponic Nutrients: since water is a neutral substrate, it is important to compensate for mineral deficiencies. A Hydroponic Growing Solution allows to fill the needs in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

    And that's it! You are ready to propagate your first roots!

    Enhance your Root Propagation with Propagation Stations

    To take it to the next level, there's nothing better than propagation stations! Unlike traditional propagation vases, these decorative objects have several compartments that can be used to multiply the spreading of your roots.

    In this section, we will guide you to the best plant propagation stations, explaining all the advantages they have compared to glass propagation vases. We will also discuss the DIY trend for propagation stations.

    What are the Best Propagation Stations and Planters for Propagating Roots?

    Let's go a step further: how can you improve the spread of your roots in water a little more?

    If it is true that a propagation vase is an essential decorative element allowing you to propagate all kinds of roots of flowers and plants, whatever their size, a propagation station will bring even more charm to your interior!

    Plant Propagation Station

    This wood and glass item will allow you to watch your plants grow and their roots spread out in the water. A real little miracle object that will bring life to your home!

    Plant propagation station with a rope

    Test Tube Propagation Station

    With a slightly more original touch, a test tube propagation station will allow you to grow small plants and flowers.

    Handmade Test Tube Propagation Station built with wood and glass

    Hanging Propagation Station

    If you prefer wall decoration, then make the choice of a hanging station! Thanks to a small rope, you can enjoy all the beauty of root propagation on your walls.

    Hanging propagation station filled with plants

    DIY Propagation Stations

    If you wish, you can also build your own propagation station. Of course, this will require a little more work, tools, and time but it will allow you to have a 100% customized, decorative object.

    Below, you will find the steps to make your DIY propagation station

    1. Choose a glass container of any size. However, we recommend a tube-shaped glass container if you want to grow small plants or flowers, or a larger container if you want to grow plants or flowers with longer roots.

    2. Remove all the elements of your original container (lids, wire) using pliers.

    3. Choose a wooden board of the size of your choice that you will cut out to have 4 pieces (a ratio of two long and two short pieces, like a rectangle)
      and mark points with a pencil for perfect spacing.

    4. Take a drill and attach a hole saw of the size you want (we recommend a 1" to 2" hole saw depending on your container size) and drill the holes. Assemble the wood board with the holes in it with the pieces of wood originally cut out to give depth to your station.

    5. Place and assemble your containers (either with wood glue or nails), either at the bottom, top, or both levels of the holes you have made.

    You are done!

    Propagate your Roots in water like an expert with our Vases and Stations!

    Our article is coming to an end! We hope that you now have an overview of plant propagation in water in general.

    Whether you are new to root cutting in water or not, we hope you have found everything you need to get started.

    In any case, our team will continue to guide you to become an expert in this new way of decorating your home, so don't miss our next articles!

    To thank you, we suggest you discover our complete collection of hydroponic vases & propagation stations to spread your roots in water. Discover it now!

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