Well, another Cinco de Mayo, another tequila bottle. This time, I made a wire-caged bottle vase. Much like the tequila bottle hummingbird feeder, I encased the bottle with wire and beads, but right-side-up this time. With the cage completely encasing the bottle, to finish, I twisted the wire tightly around to the back of the neck, and continued twisting until I had two pieces to join together to make the hanger loop. It is a little tricky getting the wily wires to behave when beginning to build the cage, so I recommend getting a buddy to help hold them in place. A second set of hands comes in handy.
Directing the wire hanger to one side gives a tilt to the vase so the wires won’t stand in the way of the plant cuttings. The narrow neck of the bottle helps keep the plant from slipping down into the water, and helps keep tiny flower arrangements tightly bunched. The bottle vase is also ideal for use as a rooting vase or a flower or herb vase for a kitchen.
Not all plants can be rooted by submerging in water. A short list of tried-and-true plants for propagating in this manner: coleus, impatiens, mint, geranium, salvia and begonia. Rosemary, basil, oregano and other herbs with stems are easy to root in a bottle vase. Just be sure to keep the water refilled and clean while waiting on the roots to show up.
Follow this tequila bottle hummingbird feeder tutorial for steps to make your own bottle vase, and follow the tips below for rooting your favorite plant cuttings.
• Make a clean cut. Use properly sharpened nippers and try to make a diagonal cut to maximize cut surface area.
• Strip away leaves that may touch the water.
• Refill and add water to keep water clean and at a sufficient and constant level.
• Don’t overcrowd the vase if using as a rooting vase. Use only one or two cuttings per bottle.
• Transplant as soon as the roots reach the one-inch mark. If you wait too long to transplant, the cuttings will rot. Plant in loose soil, and let the plant acclimate and build root mass in a shady spot before transplanting to the garden.
Below and in this post, find more ideas for upcycled container vases, garden planters and more.