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.

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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 PropagatorEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 WickEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 PropagatorEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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