How to Make a Homemade Propagator

Learn how easy it is to make a homemade propagator where you can watch your seeds begin to grow.

Materials Needed:

  • a large plastic bottle with lid
  • scissors (adult supervision will be required)
  • a strip of cotton
  • a small plastic container

1. Cut the Bottle

Ask an adult to help cut the plastic bottle in half. Use the scissors to also make a slit in the lid.

Homemade Propagator

Homemade Propagator

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Add a Strip of Cotton

Insert a strip of cotton through the slit in the lid. This will work to wick moisture. Screw the lid on the top bottle part.

Propagator Cotton Wick

Propagator Cotton Wick

Propagator Pulling cloth through hole in lid

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Add Water

Add some water into the base part. Then, put the top bottle part upside down into it, making sure the water level covers the lid and the cotton wick.

Homemade Propagator

Homemade Propagator

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

4. Add Soil and Sow the Seeds

Fill the top bottle part with soil. You are now ready to sow the seeds.

Add Soil to Homemade Propagator

Add Soil to Homemade Propagator

Propagator Filling top half of Propagator with soil.

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

5. Care for the Propagator

After sowing the seeds, cover with a small container. Make sure the container has holes punched in. Put the propagator in a warm and sunny place. If heavy rains are forecast, then be sure to put the container under cover. If you don't, then it will become waterlogged.

Put Propagator in Sun

Put Propagator in Sun

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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