For many beginner gardeners, the idea of plant cloning may be difficult. Images of complicated tools, of technical jargons and of complex processes probably come to mind. In reality, fortunately, plant cloning is not as difficult as it appears to be especially with these easy steps.
Choose the Parent Plant
The first step is, of course, to choose the parent plant for cloning. Although the desired characteristics in the parent plants will vary, you must always look for signs of health like good foliage, good roots and very minimal presence of pests. Also, the parent plants must at least be 2 months old.
- When you have chosen the parent plant, the soil around it must be leached with water at least once a day for 5 days before cloning. The ideal rate is 1 gallon of water per 5 gallons of soil or an estimate thereof.
Cut the Clone
You will then have to cut the clone from its parent plant. To ensure success, you have to make a 45-degree cut in the stem, trim the bottom leaves of the plant with leaves still attached to top for photosynthesis, and then placing the cut end into a glass of tepid, fresh water. Leave it overnight in almost total darkness. For more details please visit these sites:- https://www.shop-swimmingpool.at/
Plant the Cutting
In the early morning hours, you should pot the clone. Using a chopstick, make a hole in the middle of your pot. Swirl the cut stem in the rooting solution, which is made of store-bought liquid hormones, for 10-20 seconds. For powder hormones, the stem should be rolled around in it until packed solid.
- The stem should then be placed into the hole, the soil is pressed around it gently and fed with a solution of water steeped with the rooting hormone. The soil should be moist but not overly wet.
- The plant clone should be placed in filtered sunlight. It should have a piece of screen to shield it from the sun’s strong rays although after 5 days, the whole setup should be moved to a sunny area. The new plant should then grow into a replica of its parent plant.
Tips on Caring
Of course, the plant clone will only be as healthy as its parent plant if and when you can provide it with the proper care.
- First, you have gently mist its leaves using a spray bottle for at least 7-8 times a day. This way, your plants will continue to receive the moisture it requires.
- Second, the clones must be kept in a room where the temperature is at 70-80 degree Fahrenheit for the first 3 days after root growth is observed. If necessary, you should bring them indoors.
- Third, you should remove rotting leaves as they occur. In fact, your plant clones must look like their parent plant albeit in a small manner for the first week of their existence. If this is not the case, then we suggest removing them from your garden lest the disease that may have infected it spread to the other clones.