I will follow along and pick up some tips along with you. I have been successful at cutting and rooting clones, but just barely. I can only improve from where I am.
Humidity and sterilization are the key. Cuttings do not have roots so they take in moisture from the air.
I always cut a 90 degree angle at the bottom and scrap the stems. Then remove unnecessary extra growth. Cuttings go into water or soil with no more then 2-3 nodes.
Take HEALTHY cuttings. You want them strong and sturdy. Good luck!
@jdw I used just what you have for years … the one trick is once you cut your clone dip it and get in in the rapid rooter fast…at this point in time air exposure is not good for the clone
THANKS for the info. Do i need to cut the tips of the leaves on the cuttings? Also do i just dip into the clone x?
I always do lately. Its not necessary as Ive had them root either way.
Sorry, I’m not a cloner so I’ll be no help to ya here
You can hold them in a glass of water for a week or so if you need to. Take more cuttings than you need and use the extras if they don’t take. It also lets you relax a little bit and do your trimming and cloning separately.
@PurpNGold74 has you covered. That’s how I cut my clones
Oof, sorry growmie, never cloned before. Still pretty fresh myself. I appreciate the tag. Looks like you got it covered!
Key statement from @PurpNGold74 is sterilization. (Be crazy clean). I wear gloves and wash tools and blades in alcohol. I use a rooting compound also.
Clipping the leaves wont do much but dies discourage leaf growth on trimmed leaves.
Don’t put clones under light as you would for a rooted plant. Too much light promotes leaf growth instead of roots that you need. Use low power CFL or indirect lighting.
An alternative is to buy or build a hydro-cloner. Also works great as long as everything get sterilized between uses.
Excellent point! I try to hide clones in the bathroom in a closet… the door to it cracked slightly thru the day and wide open overnight. That ambient light is plenty enough
I’ve even kept cuttings in the fridge for up to 3 weeks in a ziploc bag.
Almost 18 months ago I asked Mr @Hellraiser which cutting makes a better clone w/ higher survival rate. I noted the response.
When first cut I put them in water so the stem doesn’t dry.
When I have collected what I want I recut the stem. Dip in rooting hormone then return to water. Let them hang a day or two. After that I stick them in whatever medium I am growing in. Coco or I have use peat. I pack it into trays, water the medium, punch a hole in it with a pencil and stick the cutting in it. Make sure the stem is in total contact with the medium. Put a dome over it and crossed my fingers.
These are purple haze on 5/27 and cut 5/19.
Nothing fancy. Generally had good luck with it. I cut more than I need or want just in case some don’t make it. Then selected the strongest of those that do.
Make your cuts with a good sharp razor. You wanna keep those capillaries and veins in the stem open and not crushed closed like with scissors or something.
I watched a couple of YouTube videos last week. One guy 5 cuttings I think, the guy in the other video had 7. They tried different things, trimming leaves, leaving leaves on, leaving nothing but the top, using dark glass, using clear glass, etc. He put them in tap water & set them on a window sill. Every cutting in both videos grew roots. Sometimes we try to over engineer things.
I got a couple auto clones going. Doing well. I have a earth juice root gel and great white i used on them. The heat matt is a good idea. I’m using 1 and i built a little wooden box for the humidity dome i bought. Here’s a pic of my set up. Important to spray the leaves like 8 times a day. Roots developed after 10 days. The cut of the clone doesn’t have to be exact but try to keep that 45 angle. Snip off the tips of the biggest leaves. I eyeball it. I used a florescent light same i use on my seedlings. And kept humidity around 70 80 and temps were about the same. Light cycle was kept close to 16 on 8 off. Day 1 to now.
Have fun and happy growing.
Here is more on my clones if you are interested.