The key to a successful garden is getting your plants, before they are even full-fledged plants, off to a great start. Seeds, seedlings, and cuttings are all times when a plant is at its most vulnerable and specific care is needed for them.
At Hydrobuilder, we offer everything you need for plant propagation. Whether you’re looking to increase your seed germination rate or want your prize plant’s genetics beautifully passed down from generation to generation you can rest assured your plants are in good hands.
When seeds are hydrated, an enzyme is activated and the germination process starts. That’s the reason keeping seeds sealed in a container with low humidity is the key to storing them long term.
There are a lot of ways to germinate seeds from simply sticking them into their final grow medium to providing them with their own unique environment that’s designed for high germination rates and getting seedlings off to a great start. Seedling trays, for example, are designed to air-prune the roots, and building a strong root system is the key to successful propagation whether your germinating seeds or cloning.
Germinating seeds in a setup designed for them is great since final mediums, lights, etc are meant for much larger plants. It’s very easy to provide too much light and water, which can easily kill seedlings when germinating in setups designed for the later growing stages. The seedling stage is by far the easiest time to kill your plants, so it’s important to treat them with care.
Germination will take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks, so patience is a virtue. You’ll also want high humidity (60% and up) and a temperature range of 65°F to 75°F, so make sure to check out humidity domes and heat pads if you live in a dry or cold area.
Tools Needed for Germinating Seeds
- Grow Media - Plugs & rootcubes
- High humidity - Humidity domes
- Seedling Tray
- Fresh / Healthy Seeds
- Low-Intensity Light - Fluorescent bulbs
The most obvious reason for plant cloning is to keep the genetics that you love from plant to plant, but cloning comes with a lot of other perks.
- Reduce Grow Time - A cutting/clone will take a week or two to take root after it has been removed from the mother. After that you can continue to keep the plant in the vegetative state or you can jump straight to flowering which cuts down on weeks of grow time.
- Indefinite Supply - Never buy seeds again.
- Always Have Female Plants - Cloning means an exact copy and that means every cutting taken from a female plant will be female as well.
For clones, you can follow the same guidelines for lights, temperature, and humidity as you would with seeds and seedlings. Cloning is a fairly easy process as well, because in essence you simply cut off a stem with leaves from a mother plant, stick it into a grow medium, and then wait for roots to grow from the stem.
Most growers improve their cloning success rate by taking a cutting from a mother plant that is in the vegetative stage as opposed to flowering, and dipping the cutting’s stem in a rooting gel before planting.
Tools Needed For Cloning
- Cutting Tool - Preferably sterile
- Grow Media - Rockwool, plugs & rootcubes, etc.
- Rooting Agent / Cloning Gel
- Mother Plant
- Cloning Machine / Seedling Trays
- Low-Intensity Light - Fluorescent bulbs
Find All of the Propagation & Cloning Supplies You Need at Hydrobuilder!
Cloning Machines - Creating a strong root system is the key to successfully cloning a plant. Cloning machines make the whole process easier, can cut the cloning process down by half, and pushes your cloning success rate close to 100% every time. A cloning machine is essentially a mini hydroponic system, and if you’re planning on cloning your plants it’s highly recommended to use one.
Clone & Seedling Lights - Cuttings, seedlings, and young plants are often stressed by the high-intensity light that is needed for later growth phases. This is why many growers have a different lighting system setup for the early stages. After the initial cost of a purchasing separate lighting system, most growers see returns on their electric bills, and with the speed and health of the young plants.
Trays, Domes, & Root Cubes - Propagation trays and domes allow you to shrink down your plants’ environment giving you easier control and management over them. This results in better germination rates and healthier plants. Root cubes provide the ideal media for creating stronger roots system, and helps seedlings and cuttings from drying out.
Seedling Heat Mats - New growers often forget that soil temperature is just as important as the temperature outside the soil/media. Heat pads and digital thermostats ensure that seedlings receive an even temperature both under and above ground which promotes faster germination and growth.
Cloning Gels & Root Enhancers - You know that root health is the biggest factor in successful propagation, that’s why we offer a wealth of rooting hormones and enhancers, and cloning gels that offer the optimal levels for stimulating strong root develop fast. We offer gels, solutions, sprays, and powders giving you your preferred method of application.
Cloner & Seedling Packages - When you’re first learning about growing it can feel overwhelming because of all the different systems and components that make them up. You need to figure out a lighting setup, a grow media setup, what your nutrients are going to look like, etc. That can be a lot to handle and leave you with a headache, so that’s why we offer complete cloning and seedling packages that give you everything you need to get off to a successful and stress free start.