Best Plants & Cut Flowers for Vases | Plants that Grow Well in Vases

Houseplants, flowers, and succulents can all be grown in the vase. Below we mention the best plants and cut-flowers for vases!

There are two ways to have plants in vases: you can propagate the plant in the vase or cut flowers in the vase. Growing plants in the vase is a beautiful way of showcasing plants, flowers, and even succulents. Be it as a centerpiece in home and office, windowsills, or any other space, plants and flowers in the vase are truly make a statement. Here is the list of houseplants, flowers, and succulents you can have for the vase.

Best Flowers for Vase

Flowers are ideal candidates to showcase in the vase, and that’s why most common vase companions. Here is the list of flowers that steal the show in vases.

1. Begonia

Begonia in a vase

Botanical Name: Begonia

One of the finest plants to grow in vases as it roots even from a single leaf in water. This genus of perennial flowering plants includes more than 2000 species making begonia one of the largest genus of flowering plants.

2. Water Lily Flower

Water lily flower in a vase

Botanical Name: Nymphaeaceae

Nothing beats the beauty of water lilies in a vase; that’s why they are so common in wedding decorations. The flower remains open for few hours, so make sure to keep them in ice water and store them in the refrigerator till the time comes to use the flower. Use Water Lilies cut-flowers in floral arrangements or on their own.

3. Water Iris

water iris in transparent vase

Botanical Name: Iris laevigata

The ideal time to cut the flowers is early in the day when the buds start to open for long-lasting flowers. The delicate purple of water iris pairs well with deeper pearly violets.

4. Calla Lilies

calla lilies in transparent vase

Botanical Name: Zantedeschia aethiopica

Delicate white bloom over the long elegant stem makes calla lilies a perfect choice for vases. The flowers are trumpet-shaped with yellow spadix at the center that compliments the overall aesthetics. The blooms won’t open once they are cut, so choose cut-flowers only when they are fully open.

5. Sunflower

sunflower in vase

Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus

Add this flower to the vase and use it as a centerpiece to make the surroundings cheerful. The vibrant yellow petals of the sunflower contrast well with the brown center. Getting your hands on the flower is easy as it’s a popular flowering plant.

Some other flowers that make excellent cut flowers in vases include Gladioli, Daffodils, Tulips, Zinnias, Alliums, Echinacea, Salvia’ Blue Marvel’, Rose, and Dahlia!

Also Read: Best Plants for Shallow Pots

Best Houseplants for Vase

Many houseplants are hydroponic and will grow well in vases from cuttings. Some of the best houseplants that grow in vases are listed below.

1. Alocasia

alocasia in vase

Botanical Name: Alocasia

This spectacular houseplant is a must-have for indoor spaces, what with the large, showy leaves and variegation. Some of the most attractive Alocasia varieties are Alocasia’ Amazonica’, Alocasia’ Zebrina,’ and Alocasia’ Stingray. Make sure to go for a large vase as Alocasia can grow quite big.

2. Lucky Bamboo

lucky bamboo in glass vase

Botanical Name: Dracaena sanderiana

Lucky bamboo is truly a one-of-a-kind houseplant with a small bamboo-like appearance that isn’t bamboo but a kind of tropical water lily. Place it in a narrow vase with roots submerged and small pebbles at the base for the support!

3. Monstera

monstera in vase

Botanical Name: Monstera deliciosa

Also known as the Swiss cheese plant, it’s a unique houseplant with large and lobed glossy leaves that steal the show. Growing Monstera in a vase is not difficult as it can survive in water. Keep in mind that it won’t grow to its true potential unless moved to the soil.

4. Snake Plant

spider plant (Sansevieria trifasciata) in vase

Botanical Name: Dracaena trifasciata

Although you might not have seen snake plants in water, it’s possible to grow them in a water-filled vase. A splendid plant for tabletop decors, the snake plant can be propagated and grown in water. Another advantage of growing snake plants is that they remove pollutants from the indoor air, as found in NASA’s clean air study!

5. Spider Plant

spider plant in vase (plants for vases)

Botanical Name: Chlorophytum comosum

You can easily propagate spider plants in the vase by placing the offsets in water. Although keep in mind that ultimately you’ll have to transplant the plant in the soil as the nutrients won’t suffice. Although the system isn’t sustainable, you can enjoy the spider plant in the vase for quite some time.

Best Succulents for Vase

Yes, you heard it right; you can grow succulents in vases, and it has its advantages as well. The most common reason for the death of succulents is overwatering, which can be avoided if you grow the succulents in water. The roots won’t be exposed to pathogens present in the soil, and there is less exposure to diseases and pests. Not only do succulents look fancy in the vase they also require less attention compared to growing in the soil. Some of the succulents that can grow in water in vases are listed below.

1. Jade

Jade (crassula ovata) growing in vase

Botanical Name: Crassula ovata

To grow jade or any other succulent in a vase filled with water, make sure to allow the cutting to callous over for around a week. Also, place the cutting in a vase so that the calloused end hovers above the water and is not submerged. Keep the vase at a spot with bright indirect light, and soon the roots will start to form.

2. Echeveria

Echeveria growing in vase filled with water

Botanical Name: Echeveria

Take the leaf-cutting or stalks and place them in the vase in the similar manner discussed above. There are many varieties of Echeveria, which offer a range of colors and textures. Apart from the cutting, you can also pull the rosette away from the mother plant and place it in a vase.

3. Sempervivum

Sempervivum growing in a vase

Botanical Name: Sempervivum

Belonging to the family Crassulaceae, it also goes by the name ‘Houseleek’ and ‘Hens and chicks. Growing it in the vase is easy as you just need to place the later rosettes or baby rosettes in the vase, and the rest will follow!

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