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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.

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  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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

    Weren’t be actually supposed to grow seeds in this system, or is that a separate tactivity?

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

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

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    • 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.

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    • 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

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

    • Observe the growth of the plant

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    • 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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