Many hydroponic beginners always strives for 100% success rate if it comes to cloning plants. To make this task easier and increase yield of cloned plants, use cloning gel. Cloning gel is not a fail-safe way but it does boost up the entire process. Let us discuss certain criteria which will help you choose the right cloning gel for your plants.
Hormones provided by cloning gel: As we know that cloning is a way of plant reproduction and it is governed by levels of hormones. Cloning gels which contains rooting hormones are the best choice for plant cloning.
Easy for application: Make sure your cloning gel is easy to apply on the plant stems. Apply a layer of cloning gel to the lower section of the stem. However, do not cover the stem fully, as that will drown the whole stem.
Tissue development: An ideal cloning gel is the one which provides a complex profile of vitamins that help the developing plant gain strength and vigor. These vitamins help plants develop new root tissues and establish a stronger rooting system.
Miscellaneous: Remember, while choosing an ideal cloning gel is very important in hydroponics, it is equally important to take care of all other factors like availability of lights, provision of nutrients, ph, temperature, and moisture content of the nutrient reservoir where the plants are being cloned. You can also use a carbohydrate supplement on your plants. By packing your plant with a lot of carbs, you will give your stems a lot of energy that they can use to create healthy roots. The objective of cloning is to get maximum stems for survival and growth and an ideal cloning gel will help you achieve that.
Physical Stability: Though most of the plants cloning gels have no problem regarding physical stability, it is prudent to check stability of gel under extreme hot or cold conditions. Because when you are growing plant with hydroponics, sometimes the grow room temperatures can change due to power failure. Also, the gel when comes in contact with nutrient solution and water should not change its state and shouldn’t have any undesirable effect on plant cloning.