I was looking online at stuff to look at stuff and saw these devices that are attached to a stem or branch of a plant, it’s packed with peat/soil, rooting gel is added to plant, a few weeks later it is full of roots. here is a pic as I am not sure if a web link is allowed:
I’ve always used rockwool cubes for clones since they hold water so well and are easy to deal with.
The devices you’ve found are kind of cool. If you strip a node of the secondary stems or leaves, then roots will eventually emit from them if you have soil or coco in the device and keep it wet. You can then just cut the stem below the node you rooted and viola, you have a rooted clone. The only question I would have is if the plant is actually capable of holding the device up and steady. A little ball of wet soil is going to be heavy.
@OldBuds yep, done that before, I just havent had the best luck. I have tried plugs, water, soil…at best I hit about 30%. @Hashtonbutcher lemme know when ya do. @peachfuzz when you do that, do you have to darken the wrap around the roots?
If I find another golden plant, want the most fool proof ways of keeping it going.
Back after a couple years to doing clones myself. I do mine in a DIY bubble bucket. Got roots on one of them in 5 days this round, another the day after. The other 2 of my 4 are lagging. It’s my understanding that successful cloning depends just as much on the condition of the mother as it does the clone environment. The 2 that took off were first node branches and the 2 laggers are 2nd node branches, which kinda illustrates that point a little bit I think…
Those are for a technique called air mounding. Yep, plastic bag and tape and soil/peat work well too. The deal w air mounding is the roots won’t form if the area is bathed in light. Opaque rooting media or opaque cover is needed to work.
In my opinion, air mounding is specifically for rooting “woody” stems on more treelike bushes and trees. These things can take 4-6 months to callus and root out. When taking woody stem cuttings as few as 2/10 will root. Very few. Air mounding makes the woody stems root on their own time and ensures a viable clone. Like 3-4 months later. Think apple trees and cherry trees, not tomatoes and cannabis.
Cannabis (annual fruiting plants in general) will root this way. But it roots faster and easier with thin end shoots. Why take a fast simple method and slow it down by going for the thick woody stems usually used for air mounding.?
You would have the same effect by bending down a tall shoot till it hits the ground. Setting a brick or rock on it, then dropping a shovel full of dirt over the brick. Have the live shoot up out of the soil. It will root and grow an independent plant in 2-3 weeks…
Ok, let me get this straight in my very foggy brain. I can grow a plant and put another pot next to it, bend over a branch till it touches the soil in the second pot, bury a brick on it and it will make me a new plant?
I’m imagining a whole new idea (to me) of a perpetual grow from a good mother.
Come across my root pods today and thought I should try them, had them for over two years
So I scraped my clone around stem with razor then applied cloning gel.
Packed root pod tightly with coco coir and water crystals then soaked in water.
Applied to clone stem and closed it up. 11/28/2023
Will keep you posted on progress.