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Discussion in 'Cloning and Breeding' started by badfish1060, Feb 16, 2010.
Glad to hear....what r they in?
rockwool, should I wait on roots to poke through?
Oh thats cool to just lift em up carefully and have a look if the roots r poppin out the bottom. If yr plants r growin already then they should have roots. When were they struck?
..........These r some of mine,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
tuesday, i didnt see anything
And u see growth?....are u sure?
Just checked again today, didn't see any roots, but they look good, some new growth on the tops. almost dont fit in my little dome anymore.
Hi,just looking at your pic's,the r/w seems a lil too moist,the trick is to tease roots out.I would let them be,roots will show eventually,knowing how moist your cubes need to be is half the battle,too moist and they will take longer.Too dry they die.
I flick the cubes gentily untill no more drops of water fall,your cube will be moist enough yet not saturated.
A little heast from underneath will help also.
Hope this helps.
I love using a dome for cloning.
I take my cuts and put them in starter plugs.
I add a lil tap water and close the dome, 95% at least success rate.
Keep the temps around 75F and should have no worries.
I don't use any gels or powders neither, waste of money imho.
I went and checked and the cubes are wet but not dripping. It is constantly raining a little bit in there, but since I just opened the top that should lower the moisture just a hair. I am certain there is new growth, but I still dont see roots.
They look like they might be a bit wet buddy.
Like HYDRO said, u need to tease the roots out. Too wet and they dont need to search for water.
Maybe try a heat mat. ...just get the right voltage for yr country!
Making your own dome is pretty easy....I've used long bamboo skewers as supports, thick window plastic, and a glue gun. If you need a really large one, you can use thin pvc pipe and fittings. I cut out the shape and size (usually looks like a cross after cutting), glue edges together then glue my skewers or pvc support system. I cut out some holes and glue flaps of spare plastic over so these can be opened or closed to let in air, let excess moisture out. If you don't have a glue gun (you should have one, thousands of uses in the grow room), you can staple the edges together, but these will rust after time. Another alternative are those plastic bedding bags that sheets and comforters often come in. These are great because you can cut open one end, and the zipper end is great for letting in air and making it easy to get to your plants. These plastic sacks come in all sizes so you might be able to find one to fit your needs. While I don't hestitate to clone without hormone (never use it), I would never clone without a dome.
If you can, a mattress heating pad underneath (lo watts, gentle heat) underneath will help. And, bear in mind the time of year you are making clones. Plants, even in forced conditions, "feel" the changes in the earth's rotation and its position to the sun. From mid-Feb thru mid-June, I find my clones have massive roots in 7-12 days. mid-June thru mid-October, good roots in about 14 days, and in between, about 3, and sometimes up to 4 weeks for roots to show.
added a heating pad today, on day 8.
IMO that is a good investment.
Just a word of advice on that. Pay very close attention and check regularly that they don't dry out... because they will very quickly.
I will. I almost sprang for the daisy cloner, it was 75 bucks. But I decided to ride it out.
1 has roots already. Should it come out?
Its best to wait till roots are a plenty,they will airprune themselves,a good thing.
Waiting for more will help it take off at full potential,yes you could go a head but a more healthy vigourous plant will result by letting it be.
I hope the rest show soon,btw,once out roots will grow fast,patience pays of,their flowering period will be the same,planting without ample roots,gives slow sluggish growth.
Letting the rootball establish itself before planting is beneficial in many ways,in sayin that some people root in soil,soiless mixes and root development is unseen,imm this way is much better and gives us more control,ie,stronger roots provides much quicker growth,overall healthier plants.
All the best.