Babushka propagation pots, in pots in pots | Gardening hacks | Gardening Australia
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Babushka propagation pots, in pots in pots | Gardening hacks | Gardening Australia

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Propagate in style with Hannah’s space saving babushka pots idea.
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Hannah has a smart idea for growing different plant cuttings in a three-way pot, which allows you to grow more in a small space. In addition, different plants’ cuttings develop at different rates, so having the three layers means you can put in cuttings from three different plants, while still keeping them apart!

3 pots – 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large – that fit into each other
Good potting mix
Plant cuttings (sitting in water while you set up the pots)
Pencil or chopstick as dibber stick
2 x 50cm lengths of wire, bent in a U shape
Plastic bag to fit over pot and wire
Large rubber band or string to hold bag in place

Put some potting mix in the bottom of the largest pot until the middle-sized pot sits inside it with the two rims at the same level. Fill around the edge of the middle pot with mix, packing it down quite firmly when you reach half way to create a firm base.
Next do the same with the middle pot, adding enough mix to allow the smallest pot to sit inside with all the pot tops flush.
Fill the smallest pot and the gap between the two centre pots with mix, using an old butter knife if necessary to pack it down at the base. (You still want to be able to see the very tops of the pots.)
Plant out your cuttings into the three layers, starting on the outer ring and using an old chopstick or pencil to create holes for the cuttings to go into.
Water cuttings in well.

To create a mini greenhouse over the cuttings, inset the bent sections of wire into the pot so they cross at right angle at the top. Cover the wires with a recycled plastic bag, holding it in place over the pot with a large rubber band or some string.

The bag creates a humid environment, which helps the cuttings develop roots. When the bag no longer has condensation inside, you know it’s time to water again.

The inner pots can be lifted out to check root development of the cuttings, which can easily be separated with a garden knife.

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