If you’re looking for a clever propagation idea that won’t intrude on valuable surface space inside your home, why not take your plant cuttings up to your wall instead? A living wall can make a real statement with a proliferation of plants, and not only does it get our design approval, but it also catches the attention of plant professionals as well.
This is the simplest way to decorate with plants instead of putting them in pots. Here, you can discover how to put this plant hack into practice with a little help and guidance from the plant experts themselves.
If you want to get more creative with your plants and find a creative way to propagate, this creative trick from lifestyle creator Colby (@ThisisDrover) is the way to do it. Sharing the idea on her TikTok, she describes how she created a botany-worthy wall that really brightens up her bedroom.
This hack may seem complex and complicated, but you will quickly discover that it is not. All it takes is some small glass test tubes which are then mounted on the wall and filled with water to house your cuttings. All you have to do is cut the growth from the plants that are easiest to propagate and watch them grow.
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Avid DIYer Colby shares many creative hacks, and this is just one of her trendy plant ideas as a “plant lady.” She explains that she simply stuck small magnets to both the wall and the test tube before arranging the small vases and hanging them on the wall.
Not only do they make your house plants a highlight, but they are also an effective way to grow new plants. Gardening and plant designer Nathan Heinrich applauds the vertical garden idea seen in Colby’s video. “Growing your own plants is not only satisfying, but it saves you money to propagate new plants instead of buying them,” he says.
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According to Nathan, propagation is always a good idea, however, he says you’ll need to avoid some common houseplant propagation mistakes and master your understanding of the process before you get started.
Nathan’s basic idea is that some plants reproduce better than others, which is something worth keeping in mind if you’re starting your first propagation project. “Tropical plants with very soft green stems and leaves, such as pothos and philodendron, are very easy to propagate in water,” he says. “In the rainforests where they are native, they have adapted to thrive in very humid environments.”
“Often, they will sprout new roots or occupy aerial roots that have already started within a few days,” he continues. “Within a month or two you will have a new plant ready to be planted in a pot.”
Choosing your environment is also very important, and not every wall will be suitable for this hack. “Houseplants need a bright area with indirect light to thrive,” says Nathan. “The wall display in this video is perfectly placed and the plants clearly love this location as all the cuttings in the glass tubes have sprouted new roots.” When considering where to place your cuttings, think about access to light, and remember that windowless rooms are an immediate no-no.
The final thing to be aware of about this hack in particular is the size of the pipes, Nathan adds. Although smaller tubes allow for more clippings to be displayed, this may not always be the best option. “The bigger the plants, the more water they need,” he says. “These skinny tubes hold a limited amount of water and will require regular refilling so the new roots don’t dry out.” So, if you don’t want to constantly top up your plant’s water supply, consider opting for a slightly larger pot in a freestanding stand, instead.