Cultivate your in-house greenhouse with next to no money & your Mayver’s jars
April 9, 2019
Looking for a great way to recycle the plethora of Mayver’s reusable jars filling your kitchen counter? Try creating your very own in-house greenhouse. Cultivating your own garden is easier than it sounds and our Mayver’s jars make the ideal vessel for your plants to flourish. If you already grow succulents or devil’s ivy you are a step ahead, as these plants are optimal for propagating.
How to propagate:
1. Cut a small piece of a thriving plant.
2. Take your cuttings a few days after watering so that their new life in water isn’t such a shock to their delicate system
3. Take cuttings from the end of the plant, as this is where they direct their energy
4. Cut the stem of the plant at an angel and above the node (the small, brown jutting out bump)
5. Don’t let the leaves sit in water, just the stem
6. Sit your cuttings in the sun, eg on a windowsill
7. Let the roots grow 2-3 inches before transferring into moist soil
Which plants can you propagate?
Devil’s Ivy or Epiprenmum
A low-level care plant that is easy to grow and propagate. Cut just below the node (as this is where it roots from) with around 3-4 leaves
Swiss cheese Vine or Monstera obliqua
Follow the same as the above, just give a little more sun
If you don’t have succulents at home to propagate, the local city streets of flora and fauna often have succulents growing in public areas (you didn’t hear this from us!). Snap or snip an arm off a succulent. Let them dry out for a day or two before placing in water. Similar to the plants they come from, succulent trimmings need a lot of sunlight to flourish as they are used to a warm and sunny climate.
When it comes to planting your cuttings, ensure there is a root system that will support the plant. When the cutting is ready, plant in your Mayver’s jar with moist potting mix. If you are interested in giving the plant the best possible start, mix your potting mix to two parts potting mix, one part perlite and 1 part coir (coconut husk). This mix will ensure that the mixture retains enough moisture and oxygen, as plants need both to flourish. All ingredients can be found at your local plant shop or Bunning’s nursery.
Hot tip! Succulents are used to a warm and sunny environment. Be sure to not over water as they are susceptible to waterlogging, this fosters the growth of fungus and can kill your plant. To prevent this, drill a small hole in the bottom of your Mayver’s jar so your plant can effectively drain properly and stay happy and healthy. A glass drill bit should do the trick. If you don’t have one, Bunning’s sell them at a great price.
We love to see our jars in use out in the wild. Tag us in your pics at @mayversfood