I got some Clonex gel and solution. A clean razor blade and rapid rooter plugs.
I added the solution per directions and one drop of super thrive to distilled water in
a one gallon container and poured some in a plastic tub. As I took the cuttings I put
them in the tub making sure the cut end was under water.
I use rapid rooter plugs because you donít need to soak them in ph 5.5 water overnight and they donít retain
as much water as rock wool. (I always over water rock wool) The
trick to it is you split them down the center so the cutting touches the medium.
Time to prepare the cuttings I will show you how I do it.
Trim the leaves that will stay
Remove the last one
Cut on a 45 degree angle right below the node. (where the leaf was attached)
I usually use a razor blade but I couldn't do that and take a pic at the same time.
Then I slice the stem up the center and scrape the sides.
(This is best done under water)
Dip it into the cloning gel, up to where itís going into the medium.
Place it into the rapid rooter plug and put it in a tray that holds the cube together.
Or you could just use a twist tie. Then place them in the larger tray and cover them.
You can get a growing tray and a dome but I found that was a little too big for my needs.
I went to a local Wall Mart and got a couple baking pans with covers for a couple bucks. They work great.
Now I spray the pan and the dome with water add the trays and put them in a dark place for 24 hours.
After 24 hours you want to add a little light. You donít need much to start the process.
I used one t5 24 inch fluorescent but anything will do. If you want to use a high powered light like a 1000 watt HPS
just make sure they are several feet away from it.
I water every other day with the Clonex/super thrive solution,
Water just enough to keep them damp for one week. Keep the dome damp by
spraying it with water once a day.
Keep your temps between 78 to 85 degrees. At first they look like they are dyeing but after a couple days
you will notice the new growth, it will be a lighter shade of green.
Then remove a plug and look for roots popping out of the bottom. Once you see a few
of them its time to put them into rock wool cubes. I use the 3x4 cubes with the hole cut
in it. First get a container and add water, (I use distilled) add a drop of super thrive
(1 drop per gallon) balance the ph to 5.0 Soak the cubes overnight.
Next day Remove the cubes and give them a little shake so they donít drip and set them
on a towel. Note * donít squeeze them as you will close up the airways.
Now the rooter cubes are smaller then the hole in the rock wool cubes so you want
to cut up a rooter cube and use that to fill the hole. No need to water at this point.
Now its time to mix there nutes. I use Flora Nova Grow for the veg cycle and Fox
Farm's Big Bloom and Tiger Bloom for Flowering. Tiger Bloom helps promote bud sites.
For now I mix Flora Nova in distilled water at 600 ppm
Then PH balance the water to 5.7
Next week I will use 1200 ppm
I Keep them damp not soaked by watering every other day. You want to water right where the cubes meet each other the first couple times. After that donít get any water on the rooter cube, just water the rock wool cube in one place until it drips out the bottom.
You can hand water, I built a drip system for them.