Originally Posted by Mr. Nevermind
I clone in coco and it couldnt be easier. I dont use hormones or gels cuz there really isnt a point or a need for em. Just make sure coco is wet and plug in your clone into it. Maybe an inch or so. I use a dome but its really not needed. All you need to make sure of is that the coco stays moist. I clone 100% in coco coir and never have had one not root on me. Weedwrapperman can confirm that claim.
I dont use a heating pad or any nutes. Just some water, some coco and a plant that wants to live. Look at grat3fuls coco thread, he clones with coco as well and has no issues with it.
I do use root stimulator but it may not be necessary.
Get your stuff together cause the only way to really mess up is to go too slowly and let the cutting dry out a little.
1. Pruning snips
2. Solo cups with drain holes in the bottom.
3. Plain tap water (some don't pH at this point but I pH it to 5.8) - NO NUTES!
4. Powdered root hormone or cloning gel if you use them.
1. Get your solo cups and fill with 100% coco. Pre wash the coco if necessary.
2. Water the coco till water comes out of the bottom of the cup.
3. Take a pencil and insert it about an inch into the coco, making a hole for the cutting's stem.
4. Take the cutting from the mom. I slice at a very shallow angle to expose more of the stems cells. After the cutting is separated from the mom, immediately I make two or three more cuts into the stem at upward angles. I just snip these cuts about 1/3 or 1/2 the diameter of the stem. That way, as I insert the cutting into the coco, these cuts are spread open and I get even more exposure of the stem to the coco. This improves odds of rooting.
5. I immediately dip the stem into water and then into the rooting compound.
6. Insert the cutting into the hole made in the coco and with your finger tips, press the coco together around the stem to ensure the stem makes contact with the coco.
7. Put the solo cups underneath a high profile dome. I do this so I won't have to worry with watering the cuttings. The dome will keep the humidity up and the coco won't dry out. Make sure your lighting isn't too intense as the new cuttings don't need much of anything at this point, except peace and quiet. lol.
I really can't tell the new cuttings are even aware of what just happened because they don't miss a lick. Mine don't droop and the plant's cells maintain their turgor well.
Keep all fans and strong drafts away from the cuttings at this point. The roots that begin to form start out as just a few cells and any movement of the stem as these roots try to get started will cause them to rip off as they attempt to attach to the medium.
You'll know the coco is still moist by looking at the condensation on the inside of the dome. You should be able to see condensation on the inside of the dome if you moistened the coco before you put the cutting in and if you haven't kept raising the dome.
After a few days, you can water the cuttings with a mild solution meant for new cuttings. Very mild...
I hope this helps and if I left something out, I'm sure someone will take up my slack.