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CLONES!!! 7-14 Days! 99% Success Rate! PICS!

Hi everyone! Been a long time since I posted up a tutorial.. I hope you enjoy it.. I tried to make this as clear as possible so for you experienced people sorry if it seems a bit redundant... i wanted even the newest grower to be able to use this method.

I told some people that were having some trouble in the GG#4 forum that I would post my cloning method up that I have found to get even the hardest to clone strains a very high success rate.

This method is very simple and can even be adjusted for larger production scale.

I call it HEMPY CLONING ... i took the method used for HEMPY Buckets and applied it to cloning.. it works better then I ever expected. Most strains have a 100% success rate. This has proven by hundreds of clones from different strains. Been doing this for years now.

This produces bare root clones... can be used for soil, coco, DWC, aeroponics, etc...

Water Quality:
Preferred lighting:
Temperature Range:

PLEASE POST UP YOUR PICS AND SUCCESS! And any failures or problems you may experience.. Open to suggestions as well!

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Step 1.
Clean and disinfect a tray and dome. Use new clean cups or other containers that have been washed and disinfected (remember to rinse well!)



Step 2.
Take all cuttings,, make them as big and long as possible for you to work with... put them in cool (not to cold!) water.



Step 3.
Prepare the cup or container by cutting a hole about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom. Usually no higher than 2 in. (5 cm).
Label if needed.



Step 4.
Fill Cups with Perlite loosely do not compact. Place in tray and water evenly to ensure all perlite gets saturated. Add until water starts to pour from hole.




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Step 5.
Make pre-holes for the clones to easily go into the perlite otherwise they may get damaged trying to push them in. In this tutorial Im using a hard leftover stem lol! Measure the depth of the hole a little bit past the hole on the cup ,, this will allow for some of the perlite to fall back in when you pull it out but still set the correct depth for the clone easily.





Step 6.
:Preparing The Clone: Use clean and sharp razor blades for precision cuts.
The end size of your clone should be 5 - 7 in (12.5-18 cm) long so start with something longer if possible. If you clones are smaller in the end I have successfully done as small as 3in cuts with very thin stems.. tho your success rate can start to drop... usually strain dependent.



Step 7.
Cut the end of the clone at roughly 45 angle on the opposite side and a bit lower than a node.



Step 8.
Completely remove node.. be careful to not cut into main stem.


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Step 8. Cont.
These stipule must be removed. They can die off, mold and rot.. running the risk of infecting your cutting, slowing its grow or killing it.





Step 9.
Continue removing nodes until there are only 1 or 2 well developed nodes and the growing tip are left. ( For Very Large cuttings up to 4 nodes can be left on the clone)



*Optional* This method even works with sections of stems with a sinlge node... if the stem is thick enough and has a well developed node it can be used as a clone. The space above the node must be at least 1 in (2.5 cm).



Step 10.
Measure prepared clone so the end of the stem is just above the hole in the cup,, this is the correct depth.. any deeper they will be sitting directly in the reservoir water which can lead to problems. If not placed deep enough the clone may not get enough moisture resulting in slow rooting.


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Step 10. Cont.
Finished cut... you can see this clone looks a little crooked... this is not a problem,, as long as the main part of the stem that goes into the cup is fairly straight.. the clone with straighten itself out as it begins to grow.



Step 11.
Replace clones in tray... add a little water to set the perlite hole around the stem creating a snug fit. Don't compact the perlite down with your hands.. this may push the clone into the reservoir or damage it.



Step 12.
Cover with dome... leave the vents on dome closed for the first 5 Days Drain off most of the water left in the tray .. leaving some will increase humidity and keep clones healthy. (If water in tray becomes smelly at any time immediately drain and disinfect tray) ... Leaving water in the bottom of the tray is really optional but it seems to raise humidity faster keeping your clones healthier for the first 5 days when they need it the most.. this is also strain dependent... some strains require less.

Cover with dome... leave the vents on dome closed for the first 5 Days, open them 1/4 to 1/2 way after that.





Thats it!!! 7 -10 Days fully rooted clones will be ready for transplant. Some strains are faster than others. Chemsis would root in 5 days Please post up your results!

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Have you tried using "orchid rooting bark" instead of perlite? Try it, in my experiments, the rooting bark excelled all other aggregates I tested.

My problem was transferring the rooted cutting into a peat based grow medium. For me--in my garden, both bark and perlite failed to provide adequate "structure support" to keep the cutting upright. Hence I went with pre-moistened Promix BX in those tiny 2" net baskets (no beer cups).

Also before doing the "cloning routine", I soak the cutting in plain tap water for a few days. Have not lost a single cutting for years now...not one. I attribute 100% success to healthy donor plants and the water soak trick (trim leafs and make your final 45 degree cut before the water soak).
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Have you tried using "orchid rooting bark" instead of perlite? Try it, in my experiments, the rooting bark excelled all other aggregates I tested.

My problem was transferring the rooted cutting into a peat based grow medium. For me--in my garden, both bark and perlite failed to provide adequate "structure support" to keep the cutting upright. Hence I went with pre-moistened Promix BX in those tiny 2" net baskets (no beer cups).


Also before doing the "cloning routine", I soak the cutting in plain tap water for a few days. Have not lost a single cutting for years now...not one. I attribute 100% success to healthy donor plants and the water soak trick (trim leafs and make your final 45 degree cut before the water soak).
Hi DocTim420,

BEER CUPS! lol this was for ease of use in the tutorial... these cups are larger than you need unless taking cuttings that have a 1/2 inch stock.. like cloning a large main top of a plant which is easy to do with this method. You can use smaller containers.. test and see what works.. I will finish posting up the larger scale production section soon and its variations. A mix of perlite and vermiculite can be utilized... will explain in section.

No structural support is needed for this method when coming to transplant.. you simply wash the perlite off the roots which is very easy to do and I will post pics in the saved areas soon on how this can be done. I will transplant a clone into a DWC and into FFOF soil. These are bare root clones for you to do with as you please. DWC.. Soil ,, Coco.. ect..

Agreed healthy mothers are the key to successful clones Im using plain tap water in this method but my water here is very nice has a low ppm of around 80 and pH of 6.4 on average. I will post info on water quality and such soon in the first post. As you can see in the first post and 2nd pic the clones are taken and allowed to soak there while the rest is being done.. I have left them in the water for no more then 48 hours.. any longer the water can become stagnant and cause damage and risk infection..

As for doing the final cuts before soaking I dont do cause of the reason above.. I want to ensure not to damage or risk infecting the rooting area.

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