You should keep your clones’ grow room temperature a bit warmer than standard room temperature, so between 72 and 77*F. Since cuttings don’t have roots yet, watering the soil around them will not do any good.
Instead, spray them with water several times a day so they can absorb the water through their leaves. You may also want to consider spraying a mild nutrient solution as well. Make sure it’s also hitting the leaves since they will also absorb the nutrients through their leaves as well.
If you invest in a mechanized cloner, you won’t have to worry about monitoring the moisture or temperature. The cloner will do it for you – automating the entire thing.
TO LIGHT, OR NOT TO LIGHT?
Some growers make the decision to not use any lights at all for a day or two while the clones are adjusting to their new surroundings. Others start with a bright light and then use a dimmer grow light after a couple days.
For roots to form, you should also ensure that there is at least some darkness each day. Try 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness.
When you are using powder or gel that is designed for rooting, ensure that it has been stored properly. It, like many products, needs to be stored in a cool, dry place. You can find our rooting gel and other clone care items in our online store.
If there’s any chance that it has been contaminated, definitely do not use it under any circumstances. Whether the packaging wasn’t sealed properly or anything fell into it, even natural materials like leaves or dirt, it could have a negative effect on your plants.
In general, the most effective way of giving your clones a chance at growth is to keep a constant, close eye on them.
If you’re not at the cloning stage yet, check out our post on Germinating Seeds.
If you are about to try cloning and would like some advice, give us a call: 416-530-7750 or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our growing specialists will walk you through the process.