easiest and cheapest way to clone

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    cali-high

    cali-high Well-Known Member

    hi

    well my plants are like 8in tall and really bushy.


    which branch do i cut?


    whats the easiest way/cheapest to keep the clones alive.

    example just cut em and stick em in theyre own pot.


    please help me out.

    peace :peace:

    cali-high



    i have gorge cervantes grow video but i dont know much about cloning.
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    FallenHero

    FallenHero Guest

    Here is what I Do...


    Attached is a picture of a branch. This branch is decent size, i've had success with smaller, 2-3 inch cuttings. you want to cut this off at the stem, immediatly submerge the bottom of the cutting into a bowl of water. under the water you want to cut a 45 degree angle, keeping it under the water to prevent a bubble. on the opposite site of that cut, i usually put a few light nicks in the stem, to get more access to the rooting powder. (and roots grew out of all the etches i made.) or rooting gel. now, have your rooting hormone ready, powder, or gel, immediatly after taking out of the water, stir it in your powder, or gel. you can put them in their own small pots in soil, but have it ready, right after you put it in your rooting hormone, get it in the medium, rockwool, or soil. my clones did fine in soil, keep them moist with a spray bottle for 10+ days.
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    cali-high

    cali-high Well-Known Member

    i have some root powder. do i mix it in water or do i just dip the clone in the powder jar?

    thanks russor for your help
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    FallenHero

    FallenHero Guest

    no, after you make your underwater cut, dip it right into the powder, the water will adhese it. tap off excess on the rip gently, then have a hole in your soil ready to receive it. and snug it in softly. make sure soil is premoist. dont drench it inwater, or youll wash away the rooting hormone, and spray them frequently. when you have to water the containers, do so lightly, with your spray bottle.
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    mogie

    mogie Well-Known Member

    Materials required:
    - Fluorescent light
    - plastic tub
    - liquid rooting hormone
    - sharp knife/scalpel
    - superthrive
    - ph tester and adjuster

    Cloning...
    Take cuttings from clean, disease-free stock. Cuttings taken from plants that have been deprived of nutrients, especially water, will respond poorly. Cuttings of equal length foliage and color should be selected and must not contain deformities in leaf growth pattern for optimum uniformity of the plants after rooting. Select cuttings from the most vigorously growing portion of the plant; this is where the highest concentration of auxins (growth hormones) are found. Cuttings selected should be green barked and should not contain any of the woodier type bark which indicates age. The finished cutting should be as short as possible 4-5 inches is preferred. Remember, auxins are more concentrated at the growing tip. Three of four small, well-formed leaves should be left intact. The propagation area and all containers should be carefully cleaned to reduce the danger of infection. Fill plastic tub or other suitable container with clean water. It should not contain fertilizer, but it is advisable to adjust the ph to 6.4 (6.2 to 6.6 is acceptable). Also, add superthrive at a ratio of 10 drops per U.S. gallon. Maintain the water at a temperature of 78 degrees (26C).

    The cuttings taken should be at least 1 inch longer than you are going to use make the cut with a sharp knife and immediately place the entire cutting into the PH adjusted water. While the cutting is under water, cut it to the final length. Make the cut in a single, smooth motion at a 45-degree angle to the stem. If there is an internode at the cut point, make your cut directly below the node. With the cutting still submerged remove any excess leaves. If there are no internodes at the cut, make three or four shallow vertical slits (no deeper than the outer bark) upward from the cut along the stem about 1/2 inch. These cut must be made with the cutting submerged or air will be sucked into the stem causing what as know as an air embolism in which bubbles block the movement of water up the stem. An air embolism can cause death or slow the rooting process by weeks. This is known as the sip of life technique. By making all secondary cuts underwater, you eliminate air bubbles, reduce unnecessary strain on the clone and allow the cutting to stabilize in a fluid environment. After making your second cut and removing any excess leaves under water, remove the cutting and submerge the cut end in a liquid rooting hormone. Make sure at least 1 inch of the cutting is placed in the hormone.

    Reduce cutting stress...
    By controlling light levels, humidity and temperature, your job is to keep the cutting in a complete state of dormancy. Cuttings with out roots are very sensitive to stress. Every effort should be made to minimize evaporation from the cuttings and avoid extreme light and temperature levels. Keep humidity as close to 100 percent as possible and maintain water and substrate temperatures at between 70 and 84 degrees (21-29C). Cooler water will slow root formation; warmer water will encourage disease. The lower the humidity level, the more water the plant will transpire, causing the cutting to use up stored food for things other than root production. It is important to hold the leaves as dormant as possible and permit the cutting to use more of it's energy on root development.
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    ThePretender1982

    ThePretender1982 Well-Known Member

    The cutting is fine, my question then for those who seek to clone, would be for the care of the donor plant. How would one assure that no harm would befall the plant you took the cutting from?

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