Propagation trays, domes, and rooting plugs work together to create the perfect environment for clones or seedlings. As these new plants being the early stages of life, they need ideal conditions to succeed, and at Hydrobuilder, we make this simple.
Seed starting trays are the foundation of your propagation system, and are designed to hold the seed or clone starting medium, and the seed or clone itself. Using a tray simplifies transplanting when the time comes, and do a great job or draining water and nutrients, ensuring the plant remains in a fresh solution.
The second component of your cloning or seedling system is the humidity dome. This covers your seedling tray, and helps maintain proper temperature and moisture levels. Clones and seeds need humidity of 90-100%, and temperatures of 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Most domes include vents, as you will slowly lower the humidity as the plant takes root. Most growers implement a heat mat to ensure proper heat, and a hygrometer to ensure the humidity is where it needs to be.
Rooting plugs, also known as starting plugs, are an easy way to plant your seeds into your propagation tray. Simply place the seed into the plug, and place the plug into the tray insert. It is important to maintain optimal moisture levels in the plug, as it can be difficult to re-hydrate them once they become dry. Once the roots begin to take, the plant can be transplanted to larger containers or into the ground without removing from the plug.
If you are interested in learning more about propagation trays, domes, and root plugs, visit our learning center where we have an article further elaborating on them, along with other crucial aspects of propagation! If you still have questions, our experienced growers can be reached at 888-815-9763!