Next, with your other hand, get the foam sleeve from the cloning machine rea dy. Remove the c utting from the cup, cover the spliced end with cloning gel, and then place into the machine.
for the survival of the cutting to get into water quickly, and remain there whenever possible. Too much air exposure can create air bubbles in the root zone, delaying or prohibiting root production.
With the right set up, conditions, and care, you can get your cuttings to have plant-able roots in one week or less. We will cover what you need to do after you get those healthy roots in the next article, so be sure to follow along.
PRO TIP: Whenever placing or removing cuttings from the cup, give them a little shake to rid of any air bubbles.
With the same clean razor blade, you will select one cutting from the cup , re move it and flip it upside down, so the cut end is now in your hand. With the razor blade, you will carefully splice the end of the stem into 4 quarters about an inch deep, creating a lot more surface area for roots to grow from. Do this quickly, and when complete, return the cutting to the same cup of water.
The last step is to cut the branch with the razor, directly a bove the growth you intend to leave on the plant, always at an angle.
Here is a list of the items needed to get started:
Once your machine is entirely clean, including the clone tray and foam sleev es that the clones will be placed in, fill the tub with 80 degree water along with 40-50 ml of the cloning solution (or follow directions on bottle for your particular set up). Ph balance the mixture to 6.0. Next, get a small dish, or the underside of a solo cup) and place a quarter size dollop of cloning gel to get started (you can always add more if necessary). Ensure your razor blade and scissors are clean – remember, cleanliness is the key to success! Take a solo cup full of the warm water from inside your cloning machine – this will be used as a place for the clones to hang out after cutting it from the mother plant.
- Keep the water in the machines warm. At least 75, even 80. I use a seedling heat mat with the thermometer in the water, whenever it’s cold. Keeping the area around the machine warm too is helpful, but not as key as the water temp.
- Get some ph’d water (6.2 or so) in a spray bottle and spray the tops of the clones morning and night. The more often the better.
- Get some quality fluorescent lighting above your clones, about 8 inches away. They are just like your plants – they need food, light, and water to thrive.
- When checking water levels, or for roots, do so quickly. Light is the enemy of roots, plus you get sprayed with water every time. Also, ensure that the water is foamy/frothy/bubbly. I’ve found the few times that mine was not, clones took a lot longer, and I was always short on cloning solution in the water. If this happens, add extra solution to separate water, ph to 6.0, then add to machine. This should do the trick.
Grow Guide detailing every step of taking a clone from a mother plant and growing roots within 7 days for transplanting!