How Do I Use the Power Cloner?
To optimize our award-winning grow boxes, we’ve partnered with Golden Grow to help you get more out of your growing experience.
The result? A Power Cloner that gives you the ability to create up to 48 clones out of your favorite mother plants. It’s a simple device, with only a few parts, making it easy to use. But in order to get the most out of it, it’s important to know how to use it correctly. Here’s what you need to know.
Using the Power Cloner
Stage 1: Setting up
- Ensure you have all the parts. View the compete Golden Grow pre-use checklist.
- Wash your hands and the parts of your Power Cloner with soap and warm water.
- Check to see that the pump and the manifold are in the center of the box. The longer side of the tube should line up with the longer side of the box.
- Fill your box with 11 litres of clean, filtered water (no chlorine or chloramine). Make sure you don’t overfill.
- Your 48-site cloning lid is the lid with 48 holes. Put that lid on your box and make sure it’s snug.
- Insert 48 neoprene discs into the cloning lid, keeping one aside for your plant’s first cutting. Don’t press them all the way down when you’re inserting. Push the black discs into the grommets so a 1/4 inch is peeping out from the top of the holes.
- Plug in the power cord, and let the machine run for a minute or two. Be sure to check for leaks around the grommets near the pump cord and air lines. These are at the side of the cloner.
Stage 2: Getting going
- Grab one of your mother plants. Make sure it’s about 5 - 6 weeks old before you take cuttings. You should have two sets of leaves on either end of the branch you plan on snipping.
- Mix a bowl of pH balanced water and 1 mL of vitamin B, if you have it. Using a sharp scalpel, cut across a firm branch at a 45-degree angle roughly 3 – 4 inches from the end of the branch, between the sets of nodes.
- Immediately put your cuttings into the bowl of pH-balanced water. This is in order to prevent air bubbles from getting trapped in the center of the stem. The vitamin B will reduce shock. Then, take the cuttings out of the bowl of water, and make one last cut (again at a 45-degree angle) at the bottom of each of them. Dip them into a rooting gel.
- Take the end of one of the plant cuttings (ensure it has a least 4 - 5 nodes) from your mother plant and put them stem into a neoprene disc through its little slots. Be careful not to rub off the rooting gel. You should have at least one or two nodes below the bottom end of the disc. About 1 – 1.5 inches of the stem should be left below the disc.
- Remove one of the black discs from the lid, and swap it with the neoprene disc with the cutting.
- Repeat until you have as many grommets filled as you want clones. Be sure to keep your cloner under 18 hours of light every single day.
Stage 3: The waiting game
- If you want to check the progress of your clones, make sure you unplug the pump first. Then, carefully take off the lid and look for roots.
- Be sure to change the water in the reservoir every seven days. Any longer may lead to bacterial and fungal growth.
- Depending on the variety you’re cloning, your plants should grow roots anywhere between 1 – 4 weeks. One good way to tell if they’re ready is when the roots of your cuttings start to intertwine with the other clone roots.
- Time to vegetate! Unplug the pump and pick your sturdiest, healthiest plants and gently nestle them into a 1-inch rock wool cube. Then, place that in a 3” rock wool sleeve. Put everything in a 3.5-inch mesh pot.
- If your roots are too long, cut entirely through the 3-inch rock wool sleeve and carefully guide the roots through the hole. Up to 12 of your clones can be vegged, so repeat this step up to 12 times.
- Depending on the variety of plant, your plants will veg for about 3 weeks. Once they're about 8 – 10 inches, you’re ready for flowering!