- May 11, 2007
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I just bought an eight plant hydro set up. Can I put the clones directly into that? I think its basically the same thing as your bubbler.
GreenMan74 said:+100 on the bubbler cloners. Cheap, easy, and the plants do soooo much better. Some don't even droop at all. No leaf cutting necessary, no domes, no gels needed. Woody stems are better than green, I know there is some disagreement on this but the woody stemmed ones don't even droop out for a while. They seem to root better as well.
A couple things you are missing in the process is
a) make the final cut underwater, preferable at a 45 through a node (leaving 2+ leaf sets above)
b) then, take the razor and shave off a bit of stem 'bark' till you see the white inner stem. Now the greener stems may not have developed this, they may just be light green throughout. You can also use the tip of the razor and trace cuts along the stem, vertically, a few mm apart. These mutilations are maybe a half inch long at most. The marks are where roots will burst forth from.
Use a razor and clean it first, I think hot water and a bit of soap is fine.
Another key is that the water needs to be a few degrees above the air temp, so the aquarium heater is a must.
And they root like magic! Keep them in hydro, plant them in soil ~ let them grow a few inches of roots and they should take to soil with barely a hitch.
Oh, and don't feed them until they've rooted. They will yellow some, don't panic - they will put out roots when they need nutrients, which should be within a few days of the yellowing starting. Some may lose a leaf or two. You can do a mild foliar spray if you're really worried the plant will die. But they should bounce back once they root, feed them then.