Introducing the PropaVase
This is no ordinary vase. This is a PropaVase.
Created in London by a small team of plant-lovers, the PropaVase is a multi-purpose bulb forcing vase. It grows trees and flowers in nothing but water.
Our eye-catching vases are designed to be re-used again and again for different plants. Already grown an avocado tree? No problem. Why not try a garlic bulb, or a hyacinth, or a chestnut tree, or beetroot, or… you get the picture.
All you need is water. Just pop your bulb in its PropaVase and impress your friends with those serious gardening skills.
There is nothing (well, very few things) more rewarding than growing a plant from seed. With the PropaVase you get to watch the roots unfurl, and catch a glimpse into the secret life of plants.
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.