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Home visit: how to set up a plant station

Keen to grow your own but not sure where to start? See how easy it is to propagate your favourite plants from a cutting with this step-by-step guide…

Plants, soil, string and scissors on a wooden bench.
Plants, soil, string and scissors on a wooden bench.

Get growing

Watch Miriam take a cutting from her favourite plant and propagate a brand new one. Here’s how…

  1. First, cut a stem that has two or three leaves from the mother plant, just below the nodes (the point at which shoots emerge from the root system). 
  2. Place the cutting into a container of water and pour in a small amount of rooting powder. Use a glass so you can see when the new roots sprout!
  3. Position the cutting to propagate in a bright spot with enough light. Now wait and watch the roots grow! Depending on the plant, the process can take from a couple of days to several weeks. 
  4. Once the roots are long enough, it’s time to put the cutting in soil.
I feel so much love for my plants. Seeing them grow makes me happy. Giving away cuttings to family and friends is a great way to spread the love

Miriam, Switzerland

Scissors cutting through a plant stem.
A hand holding a leaf with leaf tattoo on the wrist.
Shoots growing from a stem in a glass of water.
Plant stems in glass tubes in a bamboo holder.

Miriam’s five-step guide to happy plants:

  1. Water large, leafy plants every other day, if needed. Test the soil with a finger and if it’s dry, add water. Succulents and cacti only need watering once a week – place them in a bowl of water for an hour.
  2. Wash smaller, green plants in the shower once a week if they get dusty. With bigger plants, wipe off any dust with a damp cloth.
  3. Regularly check for dead or yellow leaves and remove any with scissors. Dead leaves take energy away from the healthy ones.
  4. With tropical plants, use a humidifier to make sure the humidity is between 60 and 70%.
  5. Every three months, add a fertiliser stick to the soil.
A portrait of Miriam and a large leaf.

Plant power

‘Plants are so important to me – I really feel that the energy has changed in this house,’ says Miriam. ‘I bought one plant, then two, and now I have more than 150!’ Take a tour of Miriam’s plant-filled home.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior stylist: Ashlyn Gibson
Photographer: Benjamin Edwards
Follow Miriam on Instagram @meeschmid_plantlady