It’s no secret that I love plants. I wanted to have a test tube plant propagation station in my house for quite some time. I have a DIY peg shelf in my kitchen with plants, but honestly most of the time it doesn’t look very aesthetic. It’s full of mail, and kids crafts and forms. I wanted a spot dedicated just to propagation. I attempted a DIY test tube planter using test tubes and neodymium magnets but it was a fail. Somethings should not be DIY and just purchased instead. Also, these test tubes are much larger and the glass is thicker.
I got these cute durable test tubes which were really affordable. I simply hammered a nail into the wall and then hung the test tubes. Make sure that the nails you use are smaller than the test tubes. That way you can easily change the water when they get dirty.
I had this wall in my bathroom I had attempted to “wallpaper” as one of my first DIY projects. I find that now that my aesthetic is different and the wallpaper is too busy for me. I wanted something a lot brighter and cleaner
Materials for your propagation station
- Propagation test tube (I used 12)
- 2 1/2″ Nails
- Measuring tape
Let’s create a Test Tube Plant Propagation Station
1. Measure your wall and determine the spacing of your test tubes. My wall is 40” wide and 9ft ceilings. I had a bit of a hard time when I was figuring out if the test tube should be centred on the wall, or above the toilet. Unfortunately the toilet is not centred in the space. ultimately I decided to centre them on top of the toilet
To figure out horizontal spacing: width of wall / (number of test tubes +1). In my case the test tubes at 10” apart
2. Using a level, mark your holes with a pencil
3. Using a hammer, nail the nails into the wall. Leave about 1″ outside the wall to hang the test tubes on. I did not find a need for any anchors or to go directly into studs. However when you put the nail in make sure you angle it a little bit upwards so that the test tube doesn’t slide off
4. Fill them with water add one of your propagated plants and enjoy! Are used a variety of vines like golden Pothos, silvery Pothos, Monstera I do not see, and neon Pothos. I also added an umbrella tree and some fake IKEA plants for some variety.
Luckily I have a beautiful large window in this bathroom. If I did not have this window than I likely would use all fake plants
5. Make sure to either add more water if the plants start to drink it up or dump the water as you see the water get murky
If you try this project I would love to see it. Follow me on Instagram and make sure to share it with me!!!