Propagation Station!

More great ways to save space and get your plants multiplying. Perfect for sharing your cuttings with friends and loved ones!


In the past I have posted on two methods of propagation. Since then I’ve been experimenting to see other methods that may work to help spark new growth in my plants and to root up new cuttings. All have been great so far with gifting or receiving cuttings and storing them when space is minimal. The method is the same as using the propagation box but just on a smaller scale. Think humid not wet, a soggy bag will kill your seedlings and cuttings. Place in bright indirect light and you’re good to go. For more tips, you can find my post on the propagation box here.

Making Good Use Of Waste

I’ve started to collect old mason jars, peanut butter jars, or other clear vessels with lids to see if I can use them as mini propagation boxes. So far so good! As long as the cuttings you have are smaller, repurposing these vessels to root up cuttings has been great! They look pretty cute on my window sill too!

It’s In The Bag

Using ziplock bags has also been working pretty great for me. I’ll use sandwich bags to start up seedlings and I use larger baggies for larger cuttings. You can write on the bags too, so you can jot down a date for starting seedlings, making a note for a friend, or just labeling what’s inside. Once my seedlings or cuttings have sprouted, I just rinse the bags out and start all over again with new cuttings/seedlings.

Here is a mango seed that I’ve started to root up in a sandwich bag. When you sprout seedlings this way, keep seeds damp and away from light. Some use damp paper towels but I like to use cacti mix at the bottom of the bag. Store them somewhere warm and dark like a cabinet or closet.

Spark Some New Growth!

At times I’ll notice that some of my plants may need a boost of humidity. To help with this I’ll wrap them in a clear bag to help retain some moisture. I use larger ziplock bags for this or produce bags from a grocery store. Just be careful not to let the bag cling too much to your plant. Using a stick or skewer helps to keep the bag upright. You can rubber band the bottom of the bag to retain more moisture.

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2 thoughts

  1. These are all really good ideas! I think I need to start using more plastic wrap in my propagating – typically I’ll have the plant in a cup at the bottom, then place a large mason jar upside-down over the whole thing. It’s great until one of them gets tipped over.
    What plant are you most excited to get in the dirt?

    1. I have definitely tried that as well. Reusing ziplock bags and jars have really helped me. Now I have too many plants!
      Just recently sprouted a mango seed so I’m excited to get that planted. Indoors of course since it gets cold here in the bay.

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