Cloning plants is one of the two methods of propagation, and is preferred by many growers over planting fresh seeds due to the decreased time to harvest, and skipping some of the difficult phases of seeding. Growing from clones is not without its own challenges, however. It is important to select a healthy mother plant to take cuttings from, as the clone will share the same genetic makeup. When first cutting clones, they will require precise care. Our machines here at Hydrobuilder make this seemingly complex process very simple.
What does cloning plants mean?
To clone a plant, growers will choose the healthiest, strongest mother plant and at her maturity, will cut off a shoot (at a 45-degree angle) with at least 3-6” of stem with a node present. These stems then will be applied with a cloning gel, and stored inside a cloning machine. It is important to use precise nutrient dosing for fresh clones, including mycorrhizae and root stimulants.
It is important to create a perfect environment for new clones to ensure a high success rate. Clones should be kept in temperatures slightly higher than mature plants, in a range of 75-80 degrees. The easiest way to ensure proper heat levels is to implement a heat mat. Proper humidity is also important, and clones should be kept in an atmosphere with humidity of 90-100% the first few days after being cut. If your machine does not include one, a humidity dome will aid greatly in this.
Once the plants begin to show roots (7-10 days), they can be transplanted into a growing medium. For more information on cloning machines and propagation in general, check out our learning center, or give one of our experienced growers a call today at 888-815-9763!