If you like the idea of propagating some of your favorite plants using cuttings, then you’re in for a treat today.  In theory, growing new plants from cuttings is pretty easy. Just take a snipping at the leaf node from a mature, healthy soft-stemmed plant and pop it into clean water. But the theory doesn’t always work out as planned. The cuttings topple over, or the leaves sink into the water creating a murky rotting mess. That’s why these easy “cutting propagation discs” are a life saver.

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Not only do they help keep the cuttings stable while they make roots…..

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…..but they turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station.

Turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station with these quick and easy to make cutting propagation discs. They make great gifts and can be customized to suit your décor. #propagationstation #handmade #ACraftyMix

I love using my propagation discs in my décor and our newspaper moss bunny helps me keep a watchful eye on their progress.

Turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station with these quick and easy to make cutting propagation discs. They make great gifts and can be customized to suit your décor. #propagationstation #handmade #ACraftyMix

Plus, it’s fun to watch roots growing and I won’t forget to change the water 😉

Turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station with these quick and easy to make cutting propagation discs. They make great gifts and can be customized to suit your décor. #propagationstation #handmade #ACraftyMix

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What you need

  • Air-dry clay
  • Matt or satin clear varnish
  • Glass container. I use old miss-matched glasses
  • Something round to use as a template
  • Craft knife
  • Wax paper (baking paper)
  • Bottle or rolling pin
  • Stamps (optional)

What you need to make the clay propagation discs

How to make cutting propagation discs

Tear a sheet of wax paper and lay it down on a flat surface. Grab a handful of airdry clay and knead it until it’s pliable.

Knead the clay to get rid of any air bubbles and make it soft and pliable

Place the clay on the wax paper and cover with some more wax paper. Roll it out using an empty bottle or rolling pin until it’s about ½ cm thick (¼”).

Roll the clay out so it's about 1/2 cm thick

Using the diameter of your glass container as a guide find a round object you can use as a cutter. The round object needs to be a tad bigger than the mouth of your glass container.

Use a round object to "cut" the clay

If you can’t find the right size, free hand cut a circle that’s wider than your container. Put a small drop of water on your finger and neaten up the edges.

Smooth the clay with a little water

Cut a slit that runs from the hole to the edge of the disc. The slit will make it easier to slide the cuttings out without damaging the roots when they’re ready to plant.

Use a sharp craft knife to make a slit in the discs

Use a pencil to make a small hole in the middle of the clay disc.

Use the back of a pencil to make a hole in the center of the clay disc

Decorate the cutting propagation discs with leaf imprints, patterned stamps, or a handwritten word.

Customize the discs by stamping or painting them to suit your style

Customize the discs by stamping or painting them to suit your style

Cover the discs with wax paper and leave them to dry completely in a warm spot.

Place some wax paper over the clay discs and leave to dry

Once the clay has cured, paint the discs or leave them as is. Finish off by giving the propagation discs two coats of a clear matt, or satin varnish to seal and protect them from water.

Once the air-dry clay dries, seal the discs with two coats of clear matte varnish

How to take cuttings for growing in water

Taking cuttings couldn’t be easier or more budget-friendly. All you need is a pair of clean garden shears or scissors and healthy soft-stemmed plants.

Each plant will differ, but the rule of thumb is to cut at least 12 cm (6”) from the plant’s stem and 1 cm (1/2”) below a leaf node.

Each plant will differ, but the rule of thumb is to cut at least 12cm (6”) from a healthy plant’s stem and 1 cm (1/2”) below a leaf node. That’s the point where a leaf emerges 😉 For something like peperomia, you can just cut the leaf off close to the mother plant. Remove the bottom leaves from the cutting. Leave 2 or 3 at the tip to help sustain the plant while it grows new roots. Too many leaves will stress the plant out while she’s trying to heal the cut.

Each plant will differ, but the rule of thumb is to cut at least 12 cm (6”) from the plant’s stem and 1 cm (1/2”) below a leaf node.

Slip the cutting in the slit in the propagation disc making sure the leaves are on top and the rest of the cutting is below the disc.

Insert the cutting into the hole in the propagation discs

Fill your glass containers with clean water. I try to use rainwater when it’s available but tap water works too. Just leave the tap water for a day so the chlorine can evaporate. Place the propagation discs with the cutting on top of the filled glasses.

Make sure all the leaves are on top of the disc with the stem underneath

Make sure those nodes where you removed the leaves are submerged in water. That’s where the roots will start forming.

Turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station with these quick and easy to make cutting propagation discs. They make great gifts and can be customized to suit your décor. #propagationstation #handmade #ACraftyMix

Remember to change the water every 2 -3 days and give the new water a good stir before putting the plant cutting back. Stirring oxygenates the water which your new cutting needs. The cuttings can be planted when you see 4 – 5 roots that are about an inch long.

Turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station with these quick and easy to make cutting propagation discs. They make great gifts and can be customized to suit your décor. #propagationstation #handmade #ACraftyMix

Just keep in mind, that the longer the roots grow, the tougher it will be for your cutting to make the transition to their new soil home, so you don’t want them super long.

Turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station with these quick and easy to make cutting propagation discs. They make great gifts and can be customized to suit your décor. #propagationstation #handmade #ACraftyMix

Benefits of water propagation with cutting discs

  • It’s easy to monitor water quality and check if there are any problems,
  • They keep the leaves out of the water and the cutting stable,
  • They’re a stylish and eco-friendly addition to your décor,
  • It’s so enjoyable watching the little roots growing,
  • And they make great gifts for plant lovers too.

Turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station with these quick and easy to make cutting propagation discs. They make great gifts and can be customized to suit your décor. #propagationstation #handmade #ACraftyMix

Tips for propagating healthy plants in water

  1. Change the water every few days or at least once a week
  2. Don’t submerge the leaves in the water. They’ll rot.
  3. Put your cuttings in a spot that gets lots of bright, indirect, natural light.
  4. If you’re propagating succulents in water, let the part that you cut dry out a little first.
  5. Don’t let the roots get too long. They’re ready to plant when the roots are about an inch long. Here’s a great video that will show you more about transplanting water-rooted cuttings

Turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station with these quick and easy to make cutting propagation discs. They make great gifts and can be customized to suit your décor. #propagationstation #handmade #ACraftyMix

Have you successfully grown any cuttings in water?

If you like the idea of making your own cutting propagation discs from clay, don’t forget to pin the tutorial for later.

Turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station with these quick and easy to make cutting propagation discs. They make great gifts and can be customized to suit your décor. #propagationstation #handmade #ACraftyMix

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Turn any random glass or jar into a stylish propagation station with these quick and easy to make cutting propagation discs. They make great gifts and can be customized to suit your décor. #propagationstation #handmade #ACraftyMix

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