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)

How to clone a plant

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

1From 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.

3If you’re using a branch,  cut off the shoots, then trim them all down to about 5 inches. Angle your cut to expose more of the inner stem. Pinch off any bottom leaves towards the bottom of the stem.

4To 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.


A plant cutting 14 days after being started.


The same cutting 2 days later.

About the Author: NoSoilSolutions

My name is Michael and I'm all about simple how-to hydroponic gardening! I believe hydroponics gives anyone the opportunity to have a garden, no matter where they live.


  1. Peter September 3, 2019 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Yes, you say rooting gel is optional, but what can be used (added) to the water when cloning? Rooting gel will just wash off in the water, no? Thanks for your help, I am desperately searching for an additive which works to start roots growing.

    • NoSoilSolutions September 3, 2019 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      I wouldn’t recommend adding the rooting gel to the water as it will be dilute and ineffective. The cloning gel sticks well to the stem of the plant.

  2. Ash February 12, 2020 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    I’ve used all sorts of store bought cloning/rooting products but the best and cheapest is using willow water. Just google willow water and you’ll find all sorts of info.

    • NoSoilSolutions February 12, 2020 at 5:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing Ash! I’ve heard of people using willow water but haven’t tried it myself. I’m definitely going to look more into it!

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