Ok guys what’s up,
I decided to make a thread on building your own Bubble Cloner. I know there’s a ton on the Internet but I just made my own and figured I should make a thread for the community to check out. So here it goes;
- Dark/black Plastic storage bin and lid (Tupperware bin, Rubbermaid bin, etc.)
-you’ll want a smaller sized bin to start with. This is going to be the actual bubble Cloner.
- Clear/see through Plastic Bin and lid
-But with this one, you’ll want to get a big deep plastic bin, because this bin will become your humidity dome!
- 2 air stones, I used 4" air stones
- Hot glue (super glue didn’t work on first attempt)
- Air hose
- Y adapter or T adapter for air hose
- Neoprene disks 2" (hydro store)
- 2" circular drill bit (I already had one luckily)
So the first thing I did was take my small plastic bin, and cut 6 holes in it, evenly spaced around the lid. After that, I made sure my neoprene disks fit snugly into their holes. Then, I glued my air stones down to the bottom of the bin. I didn’t want them to be able to move around because I know I’ll be moving the Cloner around! Don’t forget to drill your hole in the side of the Cloner for your air hose to be able to run to your air stone!
Next, I added water and connected the air pumps. I did a test run to make sure there were no leaks or over spray. Now, I know there’s a lot of debate of what to put into the water for your bubble Cloner. Some people do plain pHed water with low ppm, while others add root booster or cloning gel or even nutes. Well I chose to add a little big of Hydroguard to the water, but nothing else. The only reason I even added it was because its a root inoculant and should help with keeping bacteria away. I also chose to dip my clone stems into a rooting gel before I placed them into the Bubble Cloner. People who have used this say it works. People who have used just plain water say it works. It all comes down to what YOU want to do.
After adding water and Hydroguard, I got the pH down to 5.8 and then I went into my flower tent and took 6 clones from my Blueberry plant who is just beginning to bud. I added the clones, and everything looks great!
Now, you’ll want to cut a little hole or notch into the RIM of the BIG CLEAR PLASTIC bin. You do this so that the air hose won’t get pinched when you do put your “humidity dome” on. I turn the big clear bin upside down, so that the lid is on the ground now. You’ll want to place the lid in your veg tent, or wherever, in the place you’re going to put your Cloner. Once the lid is down, place the Cloner in the middle of the lid. Now you’re ready to add the “dome”. They seal nicely at the bottom because of the lid being there, and now you have a nicely sealed humidity dome around your brand new bubble Cloner.
It’s been 2 days since I started the Cloner in my tent. They all look great, they’re still standing up straight. I put a temp and humidity monitor in the dome just to see if it was building good humidity or not. And to my surprise, on the first day it was at 86% humidity! So, I think it’s safe to say I built a nice bubble Cloner that will work great for me. I’ll post back when they show signs of roots, or if anyone has any questions! Hope this helps someone!