How to make this minimal propagation wall and an idea to use it when you’re not propagating plants!
This minimal design works for a simple flower display too! You can see it with garden flowers below, but how fun would it be to have different color poinsettias in December?
We’ve been wanting to make a propagation wall for quite some time. We had a lot of ideas, and then one day, I saw it on Joanna Gaines’ Instagram, and I knew right away that the simple design was just what we were looking for.
Of course, we had to make it our own, and ours is much smaller. This type of propagation wall is easy to customize to your space. Brent made it with scrap wood, and it took just one day! I love the way it turned out! So let’s get started!
What is the purpose of a propagation wall?
Aside from looking pretty cool, it is an amazing way to expand your greenery. I love to propagate plants and share the cuttings with plant-loving friends. I save small bottles for this purpose. When having a few friends over, you can use them on the table instead of flowers for a casual lunch. At the end of the party, let everyone take one home. I love when friends send me photos many months, even years later, showing how the small cutting is now a full-size plant! And now they can repeat the cycle and give cuttings to their friends.
There are three types of Propagation
1. propagation by division
Examples would be ferns and some succulents.
2. Stem cut Propagation
Stem cut propagation includes Pothos, Monsteras, and some Philodendrons.
3. Tip cut Propagation
Fiddle Leaf Fig, Snake plant, ZZ plant, and Rubber Tree are a few examples where you would use tip cut propagation.
Hilton Carter is an excellent resource on how to propagate plants
Hilton Carter is the first person that comes to mind when I think of plant propagation. Hilton made plant styling a profession! He has three books I always turn to for all things plants, including propagation. @hiltoncarter
What is the most important factor in determining where to have a propagation wall?
Light! We chose a wall in our south-facing dining room because, after living in this house for nearly three years and seeing how well our plants do in this room, it’s clear that the light is perfect for plants to thrive.
It can also be used as a flower wall.
I went out to my garden and clipped anything in bloom. We have a few zinnias, nasturtium, and some cosmos. I can’t wait to use it during the holidays!
In the Fall, Dry Handrageas in the Glass Tubes Without Water
The supplies you’ll need to make this minimal plant propagation wall:
We decided we wanted the design to be minimal and sort of blend into the room. So we chose to paint the shelves the same color, white as the walls.
- Glass Test Tubes (This was a challenge because a few I ordered online were quite a bit smaller than the description measurements). We found the perfect size at cb2.
- 1 x3 Pine Board
- 2″ screws
- wall anchors and screws to mount the shelves
- small push pins (to secure the test tubes if necessary)
Tools you’ll need:
Steps to making three Shelves
- Cut six pieces of wood to your desired length (We made them fit from the door opening molding to the wall.
- Measure where you want your holes (Center hole to center hole, ours are approximately 7″ apart).
- Using a small drill bit, drill one hole at the center of each hole as the starter hole. Then drill each hole using the 1 1/2″ drill bit (again, the smaller hole was just the starter hole).
- Patch and sand all six boards.
- Check to see if the test tube fits in the hole. Our test tubes were slightly larger than the hole. To fix this, we used a Dremel with a sandpaper attachment to carefully sand inside the holes, making them slightly larger so that the test tube fits snugly.
- Attach the board that doesn’t have the holes to the back of each board with the holes. This will be the part that is mounted to the wall. You’ll use 2″ screws to secure the board with the holes to the one without.
- Sand once more to smooth out any nicks and wipe them down with a damp cloth.
- Paint or stain with your desired finish.
- Attach to the wall. Use wall anchors if not going into a beam. Tip: if you prefer the screw heads not to show, before anchoring it to the wall, drill a hole the same size as the screw head and mount it to the wall. Use a wood patch to fill in the hole, sand, and paint.
You may want to practice making a couple of holes in scrap wood. Then use the Dremel to make the hole larger to see what you are trying to do. It would be easy to overuse the Dremel causing the hole to lose its circular shape. Once you get the hang of it, it’s not difficult. But you want to get a feel for it before starting your shelves.
Get ready to Propagate some plants!
Fill the test tubes with water and then add some cuttings using the methods mentioned above, depending on the type of plant. I even added a few basil cuttings. I can’t wait to share it with my neighbors!
How to Clean the Glass Tubes
I knew this would be a problem, like cleaning vases with narrow openings or decanters. They get that film on the inside, and it can be tricky to get them looking like new again! I shared about my lucky find on how to clean them in this post. It’s a small jar of Magic Balls! Fill your vase or tube with warm water, a little dish soap, and the beads. Swirl, shake, and shake some more. The little beads go to work on the inside of the tube, and the result is a sparkly clean, like a new tube or glass decanter.
What If the Space I Have Doesn’t Have Great light?
You can still have a propagation wall even if you don’t have a house or a room with great light. There are tons of options for grow lights that start around $10. Like this one or for about $25, this light is a good option.