Had a friend reach out for advice who is having trouble cloning. I typed it all up and figured I'd share with the community so everyone can benefit....
-Plugs (I've used em all. I prefer root riots)
-Clean blade for slicing. I use a fresh scalpel for each plant I'm taking cuttings from. Read up on HLV if you're not familiar on why this is important.
-Scissors (I use rubbing alcohol soaks for at least a minute between plants for the same reason as mentioned above)
-Rooting gel or powder (right now I'm using clonex as my preference, but have had equal success in the past with hormex powder)
-Clonex rooting solution
-Start by taking a 3-5" cut right above a node with your scalpel.
-Clean up the fresh cut with a new cut at the stem at a 45 degree angle.
-Trim the outer layer of stem off to reveal the inner stem up to the next node.
-Dip/roll in clone gel. I pour out a little on yo a paper towel so I'm not contaminatimg the whole jar.
-Stick in plug that has been saturated in 6.2-6.3 pH clonex solution. I do not squeeze excess water out of the plugs at all.
-Cut the leafs back about 1/3-1/2 way. It'll help the plants transpire and they'll perk up quicker and root quicker as well.
-Place in humidity dome.
Plugs dry out in 7-10 days for me. I'm often tempted to rewet the plugs before a week has passed, but resist the urge, dryback is very important. More often than not I see roots prior to having to rewet the plugs.
Let me know if anything is unclear and I'll try to explain better or more thorough.
Although I had success getting roots in hydro tubs not one survived the transition to soil so I more or less have that method up.
Also because the plugs WORKED GUYS!
Not just worked but me - me, Bex, world’s most ineffective cloner - hasn’t lost more than a handful. A few got weird, and I accidentally snapped some of the rockwool clones taken for comparison, but that was it.
Some Green crack clones
A dozen of each (Green C & Bruce B) have made it and look to be doing okay. Nearly a dozen rockwools as well but they did not get anywhere near the root growth in the same span of time. I potted them anyway and a few look jolly, but far less than the plugs. Of which the green crack dozen left in the grided dome had the best root growth and bounced back fastest after potting.
Already showing new growth and leaning towards the light. Wonderful success!!!
Remind me to rip my top off and give everyone here a bare chested hug for their advice, lol! I’m that stoked, guys.
GMO, you are my hero. I am humbled. I normally do 15 to 20 at a time. This time I only needed to replace a few. I started 8 two weeks ago. One didn't make it. The others are just now starting to root. i keep my cloning simple and easy. I get all this old man needs.
I do something similar normally gives me close to 100%. I just add a small pump on timer and a small res below the tray to ebb and flow. i use oasis cubes very similar to rockwool. a dome and many cfls for warming this is the most hands free method i have found.