does diy bubble cloner need Dome

leelow

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well the title says it all, i just built a really ripping bubble cloner, my question is should i dome the clones or should the be allowed fresh air from the topside?
 

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I just built one too (pic in journal) and after about 48 hours only 1 of 6 wilted on me, I just put a bowl over (dark) her for about an hour and she came right back. I have misted them a couple of times, but not religiously, I was gone all day yesterday. Temps are 75 - 80 and RH 45 - 50
 

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I also build one over 3 months ago and never had any problems with the clones. you just have to keep an eye on the water level. out of the 3 months i think i've only lost 3-5 clones, from the water level being too low. i suppose a dome wouldnt hurt but i dont know if it will make a big difference.
 

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Where is that DYI bubble cloner... I saw it awhile back but haven't been able to find it since... Does anyone know where I can find that link..

thanks.. :ccc:
 

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it in the main page of the DIY section
 

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Thanks yogi, you would have thought I was blind.. Looked their but didn't see it the first time..

I built the cloner and for the most part it seems to be working.

One question I have is regarding the Ph... Where should the Ph be 6.5???
 

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Mr. Bud said:
Thanks yogi, you would have thought I was blind.. Looked their but didn't see it the first time..

I built the cloner and for the most part it seems to be working.

One question I have is regarding the Ph... Where should the Ph be 6.5???
Sorry...almost edited your post on accident. In a bubble cloner shoot for 5.8.
 

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I want to through this out for comments... I started my first batch of clones and it was a little hit and miss.. I was trying to use the heat from the room to heat the water... Doesn't work.. I have my water at 79-80, flouro grow light in a 4 foot shop light set up. Cuttings didn't seem like they were doing all that great, actually lost a couple of them. I replaced the ones that died with new cuttings. They just didn't take off like I thought they should be. I started to wonder if the light was reaching the lower part of the stems resulting in slow rooting.. I took some foil and cut a slit about half way to the center. I worked that around the base of the clone. This did two things for me. One, I could adjust the depth of the clone easier and two, it blacked out the lower part of the clone.. Three days later I had about one and a half to two inches of solid roots.. It seamed like using the foil to black out the roots had a huge effect on the growth of the roots.. I then hit them with a small amount of Peters 20 20 and off they went.. Just thought I would toss that into the think tank..
E.M. thanks for the hit on the pH... I was a bit high, upper 6's... Dropped it to mid to upper 5's....
 

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I have been using the homemade baubble cloner for quite some time now,and have experimented with it plenty. I have used Ph 5 all the way to 7.6. Hard water, and R/O. Stems in the water,and out. Dome , no dome.

From my experience water PH does not seem to make a real huge difference. Strain difference seems to be the biggest single difference. For instance AK47 roots much faster than Blueberry. A dome is not necessary, a little spritz the first day or too, should do the trick. They will quite likely look wilted after their first 6 hours or so in the bubbler. Check back in 24, they should look great. Also you do not need any cloning gel, or any other rooting agent. Just be patient.
 

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