How Does the Power Cloner Work?

The Power Cloner helps you clone your favorite mother plants and prepare them for your BC Northern Lights grow boxes. But do you know how it works?

The Power Cloner uses aeroponics. It's similar to hydroponics in that it's soilless and that it also uses water, but the way in which the water interacts with the plants is different.

Hydroponics vs. Aeroponics

Hydroponics is a soilless way to grow plants. The plants absorb nutrients through nutrient-rich water via the root system. This water is given to the plant in different ways, depending on what sort of hydroponic system you use.

There are 6 types of hydroponics systems:

  1. Deep-water culture
  2. Nutrient film technique
  3. Wicking
  4. Ebb and flow
  5. Drip system
  6. Aeroponic system

Hydroponic systems are beneficial because the plant roots are in direct contact with the nutrient solution and oxygen, both of which help to promote plant growth. In fact, some studies show that plants may mature up to 25% quicker, and yield 30% more when hydroponic system-grown plants are compared to plants grown in soil.

A bit more about aeroponics

Aeroponics takes hydroponics tech up a notch. Unlike the other systems, aeroponics solely uses nutrient solutions/water and no growing medium. The plants are suspended over a reservoir, leaving the roots dangling. Then, the plants are sprayed from underneath, using water from the reservoir via a nutrient pump, through fine nozzles/sprinklers.

Plants are sprayed at regular/timed intervals, so there is very little maintenance in an aeroponic system; changing the water in the reservoir is one of the few things for you to do once the system is set up.

Because your plants' roots are in direct contact with the nutrient solution, less of it is actually needed than in some other methods.

For those who are environmentally conscious, the aeroponic system can also help you conserve water.

That's because it's a closed-loop system that uses and reuses the water within the reservoir. Of course, you'd have to change the nutrient water every week, but there is zero water run-off and minimal wastage.

One last benefit of an aeroponic system has to do with the absence of soil. If you're growing in soil, you'll have to deal with messiness that comes with it.

About the Power Cloner

The Power Cloner has all the necessary components of an aeroponic system:
  • Nutrient pump
  • Reservoir
  • Sprinkler system
  • A lid with grommets for each "tomato" plant clipping

Once all of the clippings are inserted into the neoprene discs, and your Power Cloner is plugged in, with your lid snuggly clipped onto your reservoir, the magic happens.

The pump will take water from the reservoir and, using the sprinkler system, sprays a fine mist onto the roots at regular intervals. Eventually, your clippings will form long, lovely roots, anywhere from 7-21 days, depending on the variety of plant.