Houseplant Stems as Cut Flowers

Houseplant Stems as Cut Flowers

Single stems of tropical plants are so shapely and elegant, you can use them as cut flowers.
I love foliage houseplants with lots of textural foliage and interesting leaf shapes—it’s why I have them in every room of my home.

But sometimes I want to go minimalist. So I cut stems of some of my favorite houseplants and use them as cut flowers. (You see this look in home décor magazines: one, two, or three stems of a tropical plant gracing a beautiful vase.)

One of my favorite leaf-as-cut-flower is ‘Xanadu’ philodendron. I have a big leafy plant on my front porch where it grows happily in the partially shaded location. It’s doesn’t seem to miss the occasional single stems I clip.

Treat the leaves of houseplants just like the stems of flowers.

1. Cut the leaves at the base of the stem, making sure the stem is long enough for the selected container.
2. Remove any foliage that will be below the water line or these leaves will decompose into a mushy mess.
3. Add water to the vase and replace every couple days so that it doesn’t get funky.

BONUS! Some stems, such as philodendrons, may develop roots. You can plant the leaves in moist soil and they will develop into plants. And if this happens, you can add another line to your resume: plant propagator!

Here are houseplants that make ideal cut stems: Philodendron 'Xanadu'
Philodendron sellome
Split-Leaf Philodendron (Rhaphidophora tetrasperma)
Ferns, such as Kimberly Queen

Written by Karen Weir-Jimerson