HAVING TROUBLE CLONING?????
There was a time when I was having the toughest go of getting clones to successfully and consistently root. I would have damping off problems, moldy growth at the base of the cuts, very slow/stunted rooting if at all. It drove me crazy and I went on a rampage trying every clone how-to with the same results. I went out a bought multiple water culture cloners and while I did have a great first round with them, the success quickly deteriorated into the same lackluster results. I bought a 32-site ezcloner and after the first round of clones thought I beat the issues but they quickly returned. After multiple ezcloners and a few bought and diy deep water culture cloners, I was left poorer and still had no consistent cloning.
This all changed with one very special additive, bleach. Yes, bleach. The reason the cloning was so hit or miss and just unsuccessful was due to fungal pathogens wreaking havoc on the cuttings. The cuts were just barely pushing through the attack from pathogens to throw a root or two. So I decided to try my root riot (rooter plugs) clone procedure but this time, add bleach to the root plug soak before putting the cuts into the plugs (~20drops/gallon of water). That round of clones was 100% success and I was both relieved and in shock that the answer to my problems was lurking under the sink this whole time.
I have since made the bleach a must have for every round of clones and have never looked back. I can take a round of clones, just leave the dome on and forget they exist for about 10 days and come back to rooted cuts with no rotting, damping off, or mold.
I didn’t think this problem was really that widespread until a friend was describing the very same issues I had before and he was able to get killer results with the bleach. I figured that so many people had their own clone routine and would scoff at putting bleach around their cuts that no one could really benefit from this tip. So, if you’re having a rough go at cloning or even just slightly slower rooting, try out the bleach and see if it can solve your problem as well.
If anyone is interested in a more in depth post about how I clone, I can take pics and write up the process in a future post. Besides the bleach it’s a pretty standard root plug process but I’m happy to oblige.