Taking The Perfect Cuttings
If you want cuttings to survive and thrive, don't just start hacking! For best results, here's what you do.
Once your equipment's ready, follow these 9 steps.
Clean and sterilise your equipment - especially your propagator and scalpel.
Silver Bullet Mist will kill 99.99% of bacteria.
2. Soak your cubes
3. Pour Clonex
Pour some Clonex Rooting Gel into a small measuring jug.
You don't need much - you're only going to dip clones into it to seal the cut and stimulate rooting.
4. Identify cuttings
You want to take cuttings that:
- Are on lower 1/3 of the mother
- Have 3 - 4 leaves on them
- Are 7 - 8 cm long
Be careful not to remove more than 50% of your mother's foliage.
5. Take cuttings
Make a clean, diagonal cut at the internodal intersection (where the branch meets the stem).
As a rule, you need to take twice the amount of cuttings you need.
6. Remove foliage
Remove new leaves and shoots from the bottom half of your cutting.
7. Dip in Clonex
Dip the exposed cut into Clonex Rooting Gel for a few seconds.
8. Check Jiffy Plugs
By now (20 minutes) your jiffy plugs should have absorbed enough water and be ready for cuttings.
9. Create Hole
When they're ready, create a hole in your jiffy plug using a pipette.
10. Add Cuttings
Place cuttings in the hole - don't forget to label them so you know which plant they came from.
11. Place in Propagator
Move cuttings in a propagator, with the top and sides misted.
12. Set Propagator
- Vents: closed (briefly open every 1 - 2 days)
- Temp: 22 - 24oC (4oC cooler at night)
- Humidity: 70 - 80% RH
- Light: Run for 18hrs a day
After 7 - 14 days, cuttings will root and you'll be ready to move them to transplanting cubes.