Originally Posted by Truth
"That does make sense, but actually it is not true. I read many articles and it has been found that excess nitrogen actually retards root growth"
doesn't seem correct to me, if nitrogen retards root growth, then why would we need it in large amounts during veg? and the roots grow less in flowering than they do in veg..and bloom nutes are very low in nitrogen. I actually leave all the leafs I can since they suck nutrients out of these leafs and you can have a few die on you without having serious problems. Your method only shows little clones...what about large clones? I doubt you would want to cut most of the leafs off of a large clone...and finally.. The more leafs the plant has the more light it can process therefore the more energy it can make that can also go into rooting.
You say it takes 10-14 days for your clones to root..I can do without cutting the leafs off and with a good amount of nitrogen in them, and they will root within 7-14 days. doesn't seem like much of a difference is made. As long as they aren't over fed (deep dark green/blackish/purplish leafs [minus genetic traits]) then it should be fine.
You answered your own question regarding the nitrogen. Nitrogen if for green growth.
You could very well be getting roots in 7 days, but some plants will take up to 3 weeks or more to root. The purpose of this thread is to help people that have never cloned, or are having problems cloning. I don't want people getting frustrated and think they have done something wrong, because they don't have roots in 7 days, because that isn't the norm. What ever way works for you is fine. This thread isn't about whose way is better, or faster, it is to help people with their cloning.