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In vegetative propagation new plants are produced from different vegetative parts such as leaves, stems, buds and roots

    • Handle the scissors/cutter with care

    • Wash your hands after handling the cocopeat.

  1. Cut the bottle into 2 pieces about two-thirds way up the bottle using a cutter/scissor.
    • Cut the bottle into 2 pieces about two-thirds way up the bottle using a cutter/scissor.

    • Mark three points on the bottle cap, and using a pair of scissors, pierce through these points making three holes.

    • Insert a piece of cotton cloth into each hole.

    • Pull the cloth through the holes a little bit, and screw the cap on as shown.

    • If you find it difficult to pull the cotton cloth through, wet it first - this should make it easier.

    • Invert the top part of the bottle, and place it on the bottom part (look at the picture for reference).

    • Now pour the soil in the top part of the bottle, so that around half of it is full.

    • Lift the inverted top part and add water into the bottom bottle, until the ends of the cloth pieces are completely immersed.

    • Plant given seeds in the coco-peat.

    • Estimate the amount of soil and water according to the size of the bottle.

    • As long as the seeds are completely set in the soil, and the cotton partially submerged in the water, it should be okay.

    • Step 3, we have a wick system with soil.

    • Here we are using coco-peat instead of soil.

    • If there isn't enough cocopeat / soil to fill half the bottle, just add more of it.

    • If the cotton cloth pieces are not submerged in water because they are not long enough, just cut the bottle to make it shorter or use new cotton pieces.

    • If the cloth isn't absorbent, change it into another type.

    • Make sure to plant adequate number of seeds (4-6) so that at least a couple of them germinate.

    • Instead of seeds, in this exercise we will use a potato!

    • Take a sprouted potato; by leaving a potato by itself for a few days, it automatically sprouts!

    • Cut a small piece of potato that includes a sprout

    • Insert the sprouted potato piece in soil /cocopeat available in the wick system

    • Place the bottle in such a place where it gets enough sunlight

    • Observe the growth of the plant

    • Same troubleshooting points listed earlier; additionally:

    • Good sprouts should be taken; allow the potato to sprout enough before planting

    • Some of the sprout should be exposed

    • Ensure good sunlight is available for the plant to grow

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