Have you ever wished you could replicate that one perfect plant in your garden? Then you need to know how to clone a plant. A plant clone is a shoot that is cut off a plant that is then used to grow a new plant. The plant clone grows with the exact same characteristics of the mother plant, so you know exactly what you’re getting.
I wanted to make some extra money to help with gardening expenses and know that nice looking mums can go between $5 to $15. After doing some research I found that starting mums from seeds wasn’t the easiest. It was recommended that I start new plants using plant clones. I just so happened I had an excellent mum plant decorating our home so I decided to share how to make cuttings to clone a plant.
Items Needed To Clone A Plant Using Hydroponics
To clone a plant you’re going to first need to gather a few things:
- A healthy plant with shoots
- A Sterile cutting tool (clean razor blades or a clean pair of scissors)
- Something to start the clones in.
- Rooting gel (optional)
Using hydroponic methods are probably the easiest way to clone a plant. I’m using a clone box that I made with some spare stuff I had and some leftover net pots. There are many ways to clone a plant and several ways to clone a plant hydroponically. Using this method, the plants will be suspended in oxygen rich nutrient water.
Steps To Using Hydroponics To Clone A Plant
From your mother plant, cut away the number of shoots equal to the number of clones you’ll be taking. For this, I will be taking shoots least 5 inches long. Some branches may have multiple shoots you can take for clones.
To prevent contamination do not dip the cutting stem directly into your root gel container. I like to use a spoon and dip out some rooting gel to just use off the spoon. Dip the cutting into the rooting gel and place it into your grow medium.
How Long Does It Take To Clone A Plant?
After about 2 weeks, some of the plant clones have started to show sign of root growth. When roots finally start to show, the process of root formation moves pretty quickly. When a good root system forms, it’s time to transplant them into some dirt and put them up for sale. With this method, I’m able to see the roots forming, whereas with other methods you have to wait for the root system to show through the grow medium.