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Introducing the PropaVase

Fight Against Food Waste

Every year, the world wastes 1.3 billion tonnes of food  - that’s a third of all we produce.

Let’s face it, we all need to be more aware of what we throw away. 

So instead of binning that mango stone, why not grow a whole new tree instead? Or how about an Avocado? Lychee? Chestnuts? 

With a PropaVase, you can easily cut down your food waste and grow a beautiful plant at the same time. And the best bit is, you get to watch it happen right in front of your eyes...

Bring the Outdoors In

We’re all pushed for time nowadays. And, especially if you live in a city, finding space for plants can be tricky. 

What if you could just leave it to Mother Nature to work her magic? With PropaVase all it takes is tap water, a pinch of patience, and you’ll have a beautiful plant to call your own. 

Don’t have a garden? Neither do we. PropaVase is designed for small spaces. They look great on a coffee table, shelf or windowsill. 

Time to bring the outdoors in...

Boost Your Mental Health

Plants are good for us. And that’s a fact. 

It’s been shown that being surrounded by our leafy friends can reduce symptoms of depression, stress, PTSD, and improve our mood. They can even make us smarter! 

Plants clean the air we breathe, and they can also clear our minds. Caring for a seed and watching it grow up big and strong reminds us to take time for self-care, too. 

What’s nature’s medicine? Well, it’s nature...naturally. 

A Brief History of Bulb Vases

As much as we would love to take credit for inventing what is commonly known as a ‘Bulb Vase’, it’s a simple concept which dates back to the 18th century. We owe this stroke of genius to the Dutch.  

European horticulturalists began studying bulbs in the 16th century when they were brought back on voyages from the Far East. Initially they tried to eat them, then they tried to candy them and finally to use them for medicine. However, their attempts to understand the bulbs' uses were futile, so they began to grow them. It wasn’t until the 18th century that botanists began growing bulbs in vases filled with water. And just like that, the Bulb Vase was born. 

By growing them indoors, horticulturalists realised you could enjoy fragrant flowers all winter by tricking the bulbs into thinking it was spring. Hence the name ‘bulb forcing’. 

Bulb forcing vases are characterised by their unique shape, all of which follow a straightforward concept. They have a cup at the opening of the vase to hold the bulb (and keep it dry), which acts as a frame to suspend it over a reservoir of water. 

But it didn’t stop at flowers. Acorns were forced on water by the Victorians and avocado seeds were forced as recently as the 1980’s. 

The same concept has been applied again and again to many different plants and flowers including chestnuts, acorns, mangos, walnuts, lychees and more.

Whatever you plan for your PropaVase, we're just happy the world is growing more plants. One beautiful bulb, nut or seed, at a time...

Right: Femme Inconnue à la Jacinthe , 1750-59, by Jean-Étienne Liotard. Cabinet d’arts graphiques des Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva, Switzerland 

Who Are We?

We are a small, all-female team of plant lovers based in the UK. Our dream is simple: We want the world to grow more plants. As our cities get bigger our green spaces get smaller, and we want to give everyone the chance to grow a tree whether they live on a farm or in a flat. 

When the Covid pandemic struck, nature bounced back. And for us, with our day jobs on pause, this was the perfect chance to explore our passion for plants. 

Our goal is to inspire the next generation of gardeners - even in urban environments. We wanted a versatile bulb vase inspired by minimalist Scandi design -  something to look great in any home. We wanted a vase to show off the magic of plants. 

And so, the PropaVase was born. 

We are CasaDeSelva. It means House of Jungle - and if you saw our home you’d know where that came from! We hope that you can grow your own jungle, too.