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The Growers Guide

PROPAGATION EARLY GROW GROW How to take successful cuttings! Why take cuttings? In any crop a single plant will stand out as being the healthiest, most prolific and simply the best. Being able to genetically replicate this is the best way to increase stock of the best possible plants. Seeds give genetic variation; cuttings (clones), give the grower identical plants to the parent plant. 6 | Growth Technology – The Grower's Guide Scan this and see ho w to take the best cut tings What is required? • Chosen healthy mother plant • Sterile scalpel • Sterile scissors • Clonex & Clonex Mist • Shot glass or similar dish • Root Riot cubes • Propagator Step 1 Prepare the parent plant Start 2-3 days before cuttings are taken – Select a set of suitable growing tips on the parent plant and spray with Clonex Mist. The amino acids will prepare the growing tips for rooting. Step 2 Preparation Pour some Clonex into a dish or shot glass – Close the Clonex bottle for future use. Step 3 Taking the cutting, 2 cuts are required! Cut 1: choose a branch on the parent plant with 2 or 3 sets of leaves, cut with the scissors just above a node (What’s a node!?#1). Cut 2: trim all but a couple of healthy leaves from the cutting, now using the sterile scalpel make a 45o cut just below the next node. The 45o angle gives the exposed plant tissue more contact surface area with the Clonex. on ou r website! Step 4 Dip & Plant Take the cutting and immediately dip it in the Clonex, ensuring that the bottom couple of centimetres are covered in the gel. Gently push the stem into a Root Riot cube. Step 5 Mist & place in propagator Once the cuttings are complete, place the new cuttings in a propagator and mist with Clonex Mist. Repeat the misting every 2 days. Ideally place under a propagator T5 light for 18 hrs per day in a temperature of 23oC. Don’t allow the cubes to dry out; the moisture level is perfect when there is a slight condensation on the inside of the propagator lid. Once the plants start to show signs of growth, lift the propagator lid slightly or open the vents. #1 a node… a node is the point where leaves join the stem of a p lant. At the base of each leaf there is a dorma nt b ud . Taking cuttings just above a node allows 2 new stems to grow from the base of e ach leaf. 1 2 3 4 5 6


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