This post will help you to create your own DIY propagation station for you to grow new houseplants for free. This DIY propagation station not only looks great, but it’s also easy to make and cost-effective too. 

Houseplants are slowly taking over my house, and my kids laugh at me every time a new one appears, and now I have baby houseplants appearing in my new DIY Propagation Station.

There are lots of benefits to houseplants, I tell the children they’re good for them, they clean the air in the house and they look pretty too. I have noticed sometimes the houseplants need to be propagated, either because they are thinning out in places and I wanted to bulk them out. Or if the trailing houseplants were getting too long they needed trimming, but I couldn’t throw away the perfectly good houseplant cuttings, so why not propagate the houseplant cuttings, and grow more plants.

So I needed a propagation station, and I wasn’t going to buy one when I could make a DIY Propagation Station and it can be created to the style I like, and the size I wanted. 

What I Need To Create A DIY Propagation Station

This is a really simple DIY craft to create, and with a couple of tools we have created a lovely looking DIY Propagation Station to fit 7 new houseplant cuttings in so they can start to propagate, and grow new houseplants. 

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How We Made A DIY Propagation Station

Plan How Many Test Tubes You Would Like 

Before you decided what size wood to cut, make sure you figure out how many test tubes you would like, I went for 7, but you could have as many or as little as you would like. Then order your test tubes from Amazon, I went for the size 150mm x 30mm as these felt chunky enough and wide enough to get various stem sizes to fit into them. 

Trim Wood To Size 

Pick the wood that you would like this to be built from. We had some oak shelf supports left over after removing a shelf recently, so we have used these. We cut it to the length we wanted, you can either do this yourself if you have a saw or when buying wood some places will trim to length for you. However, a simple hand saw will do the job perfectly well. We had to trim the ends and then sand the edges to make them rounded. You don’t have to do this, you could leave them squared off if you prefer. 

Measure Where To Place Test Tubes 

I had decided on 7 test tubes for my DIY propagation station and my wood was 43cm x 5cm wide x 2.5cm, this allowed for my test tubes to be around 2.5 cm apart. You need to mark a little cross in the centre of where you measure your test tubes to be. This is where you are going to drill a circle cut out to place the test tubes. 

Drill Circular Cut-Outs 

A hole saw drill bit set is a great investment to have when creating DIY projects, it can be used for many carpentry jobs. Using your drill you use the hole saw attachment onto the end, and then drill holes into the wood. Make sure your hole saw drill bit is the same size as your test tubes. Mine was 30mm wide, and in our drill bit set, we had this size. Place this onto your drill, using your cross as the middle section, drill down around 1.5cm. We found this was a good depth to keep the test tubes secure, but not drilling down too deep into the wood and causing a problem.

When drilling through, make sure you try and stay as level as possible. The test tubes need to be flat-based ones, so you need a flat base on the wood for them not to wobble. You can always use some sandpaper if you need to flatten them a bit more without the use of the drill bit. 

Finish Off The Wood 

Our wood was already finished off, but if you have a new piece of wood, you need to finish it off now. Our piece of wood was oak with some Osmo oil to bring out the colour and grain of it. We’ve used this oil for lots of our projects and it’s so good and creates a lovely finish. You could paint the wood, or oil it, but either way sand down to create a smooth finish, clean so there isn’t any debris on it, and then leave to dry. 

Install The Test Tubes 

Now you can place your tests tubes in your DIY propagation station, fill with water and then cut your houseplant cuttings and place them in the water straight away. 

Watch Your Houseplant Cuttings Grow In Your DIY Propagation Station

Now it’s time to watch the cutting grow, place it near some natural light source and replace the water once a week, and you’re able to watch the new roots growing through the glass. These are now free new houseplants for you, either creating brand new plants or filling out your old ones to create a fuller look. I filled mine up with all new Hoya cuttings as it was getting too long, if some don’t take it’s OK as I have 7 to pick from. If all take, then I could even give some to friends if I have too many! 

I hope you found this DIY Propagation Station tutorial easy and I hope you enjoy having more free houseplants in your home and displayed in a beautiful way too. 

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  1. We are trying to add more house plants in our home. I think that this is a great way to add some greenery onto a kitchen side or kitchen shelf.

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