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Sake-Box Planters




  • Wooden sake boxes
  • Drill
  • Vermiculite
  • Chopstick
  • Heavy-duty plastic wrap
  • Rubber Band
  • 18-gauge copper wire


  1. Step 1

    Drill four drainage holes in the bottom of each box.

  2. Step 2

    For scented geraniums, like the ones pictured here, cut actively growing shoots with at least three leaves from healthy plants.

  3. Step 3

    Fill the sake boxes with vermiculite; water until moistened.

  4. Step 4

    Use a chopstick to make a hole in the vermiculite, and insert a cutting.

  5. Step 5

    Settle the vermiculite around the cutting, covering at least one leaf node, and rewater.

  6. Step 6

    Heavy-duty plastic wrap, supported by 18-gauge copper wire, retains humidity. Insert one end of a 9-inch-long piece of copper wire into the vermiculite in one corner of the box; bend the wire diagonally across the top of the box, and insert the other end in the opposite corner.

  7. Step 7

    Do the same with a second piece of wire, crossing the first, as shown.

  8. Step 8

    Hold the plastic wrap in place with a rubber band.

  9. Step 9

    Create a name card for the cutting with care instructions inside, and tuck it into the rubber band.

Martha Stewart Living, May 1999