DIY Hanging Propagation Station: Create Your Own Plant Haven

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How to make a propagation station

Hey there, nature enthusiasts! As we celebrate Earth month, I wanted to share an exciting project with you. Have you ever dreamed of having your own propagation station? Well, guess what? Today, I’ll show you how to make not just one, but two adorable propagation stations. These little gems are perfect for propagating houseplants, storing cut herbs, or even using them as stunning bud vases. But before we dive into the DIY details, let’s address a few basic questions about plant propagation.

The Art of Plant Propagation

Plant propagation, in its simplest form, involves creating new baby plants from existing mature mama plants. It’s quite a straightforward process: you snip a clipping from a mature plant and place it in either soil or water. After a few weeks, roots will start to grow, and voila! You have a brand new baby plant. The best part? It’s a cost-effective way to expand your plant collection using the plants you already have.

Unraveling the Propagation Station

Now, you might be wondering: what on Earth is a propagation station? Well, fear not! Despite its fancy name, it’s actually quite easy to understand. A propagation station is a designated spot where you place the clippings you’re propagating. It can be as simple as a few jars scattered around your home or a more intricate setup like the one I’ll be sharing with you today, complete with a wooden base and elegant glass test tubes.

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Propagating in Water: A Plant Lover’s Dream

Not all plants can be propagated in water, but thankfully, many popular houseplants can! If you’re a fan of Pothos, Fiddle leaf figs, Christmas Cactus, Philodendrons, Monsteras, ZZ plants, Snake plants, Spider Plants, Arrowhead plants, Shefflera Arboricola, or Croton, you’re in luck! These beauties root well in water and are perfect for your propagation station.

Let’s Get Our Hands Dirty: Making a Plant Propagation Station

Before we embark on this crafting adventure, let me disclose that this post contains affiliate links. Rest assured, they won’t cost you a penny more, but if you do decide to make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission. Now, let’s gather our tools and supplies:


  • Miter Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Drill Press or Hand Drill
  • Forstner Bit(s)
  • Router (optional)
  • Keyhole Router Bit (optional)


  • 2×4 Wood Board
  • Glass Test Tubes
  • Paint (optional)

Let’s dive into the step-by-step process of creating your DIY propagation station using a 2×4 board. Although I’ll provide you with general instructions, I’ll also guide you through two unique design options.

Design #1: (4) Test Tubes with a Partial View

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Step 1: Cut your 2×4 to the desired length

First, determine the length you want your propagation station base to be, and using a miter saw, cut the 2×4 accordingly.

Step 2: Mark the centerline for each hole

After cutting your board, decide on the spacing for your test tubes and mark the centerlines of each hole on the board.

Step 3: Drill a 1″ hole for each test tube

Using a 1″ diameter forstner bit and a drill press or hand drill, carefully drill holes for each test tube.

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Step 4: Optional: Cut an angle at the top of the propagation stand

For added aesthetic appeal, you can cut a 30-degree angle at the top of the stand using a table saw.

Design #2: (6) Test Tubes With a Full View

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Step 1: Cut your 2×4 to the desired length

Begin by cutting a 2×4 board to the desired length (10 – 1/2″), keeping in mind that a standard 2×4 is actually 3.5″ x 1.5″.

Step 2: Mark centerlines for holes

Mark the centerlines for the 1″ diameter holes, ensuring they are spaced 1/4″ from the front face of the board. Each of the six holes should be spaced 1 1/2″ apart.

Step 3: Drill holes

Using a 1″ diameter forstner bit, drill the holes for the test tubes, ensuring a depth of 2 – 3/4″.

Step 4: Top angle

Create a 30-degree angle at the top of the board using a table saw.

Now that our propagation stations are taking shape, we can move on to finishing touches and customization.

Adding the Final Flourishes

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First things first, sand the wood using 120 grit followed by 240 grit sandpaper. For those tricky holes, a simple trick is to wrap sandpaper around the handle of a small screwdriver. Before applying any finish, make sure to test fit the test tubes, leaving a bit of wiggle room to accommodate any added thickness from paint or a polyurethane finish.

For a touch of elegance, I opted for a two-tone finish. I used copper rose spray paint by Rustoleum to coat the holes (three coats are recommended). Then, I applied a black finish to the outside using a foam roller and gentle pressure to avoid seepage into the holes. I absolutely adore the combination of rose gold and black! What do you think?

And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for—the big reveal! Here are the finished propagation stations, hanging proudly on my wall.

How to make a propagation station
How to make a propagation station
How to make a propagation station

How to make a propagation station

Addressing Your Propagation Queries

Now that you’re equipped with your very own propagation station, let’s answer some common questions about propagating plants in water.

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What do you need to know about your plant?

Before diving into propagation, identify the type of plant you have and research whether it roots best in water or soil. Additionally, learn where to make the cut—choose a spot below a node to ensure new roots will grow.

Can you use tap water to propagate plants?

While spring water or well water is ideal due to its higher mineral content, tap water works just fine too. Keep in mind that tap water contains chlorine, which isn’t ideal for plants. However, I’ve successfully propagated plants using tap water without any issues.

When should you change the water?

Change the water once a week or sooner if the water level is low. You want to ensure the stems remain submerged as the roots grow.

How long does it take to propagate houseplants in water?

Generally, most houseplants take between 2 to 4 weeks to root in water. Patience is key!

Where should you place your propagation station?

Ideally, place your propagation station in a sunny spot that’s warm and cozy. While a windowsill may seem like the perfect location, keep in mind that windows can be drafty and chilly during certain months.

More Plant-tastic DIY Projects

If you’re looking for more plant-related DIY projects, I’ve got you covered. Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity:

  • Air plant wall display
  • DIY hanging planter
  • IKEA hanging plant holder

And if you’re in the mood for some scrap wood projects, I’ve got you covered there too:

  • Small parts organizer
  • Laptop stand
  • Whiskey flight board
  • Ironing board and iron holder
  • Race medal wall display

Now, my green-thumbed friend, armed with your newfound knowledge, go forth and create your very own propagation station. Enjoy the beauty of watching your plant babies grow and multiply. Happy propagating!

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