I'm lazy. My mother's are perpetually too big. I have two 28 site DIY Ziploc Storage Container cloners and only 16 veg sites. Why? Well, 28 is the most I could arrange in the container lid, but why 2? Because, like I said, I'm lazy. I've seen every video. I've read every thread. I've tried literally dozens of different concoctions and the one that works best, hands down, is plain old water. Yep. I don't count nodes. I don't trim the leaf tips. Hell, most of the time I don't trim it at all. I cut off a growing shoot, any shoot. Top, sides, bottom, whatever. Whichever ones look good. I toss scraggle. The fatter and healthier the stalk, the faster it roots. Period. Woody, skinny branches from below take longer. I like the 1/4"-3/16" diameter branches that are green and newer. They seem to root the most and the quickest. Anyway, back to 2 cloners. I only choose the best 16 for veg and restock it. Often I have 56 from which to choose. Then it doesn't matter if they take 3 days (*cough* bullshit) or 3 weeks, I always have huge rooty bitches ready for their next adventure.
I "make" my "plain old water" with 7 parts RO and 1 part tap water. I adjust to 6.0pH with diluted sulphuric acid as the tap water here comes from a treatment plant with chloromines, the pH buffered to 7.8, and around 250 ppm TDS. This cannot be easily pH adjusted as is due to the buffers.
I run the cloners 1 minute on, 4 minutes off 24/7. Both are under a single 24" Phillips T12 plant light. (yeah, that funky pinkish one).
Some never root. Maybe 1 in 20. Probably due to the cut. Embolisms happen. But the rest thrive! They grow in there. Not just roots. Everything. My cuttings get bigger when rooting. I don't time them but our veg cycle takes 2-3 weeks and clones are always rooty by then.
Want one piece of rock solid advice? Don't add anything to your cloner water.
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