As soon as you take a cutting it will start to die. We have deprived the cutting of both water and nutrients by separating it from the mother plant. For this reason you need to carefully prepare and organise all of the equipment that you are going to use.
First of all you will need a propagator. This is a box with a clear lid and some adjustable vent holes.
In the beginning your new clones do not have any roots, so the humidity in the box needs to be kept high. This can be achieved by closing the vent holes. Keeping high humidity will provide the clones with the moisture they need to establish a root system.
Propagators come in three main types and in a variety of sizes.
– Unheated Propagators
These are the simplest types of propagator and ideal if you are in an already warm environment, or if you have a suitable external heat source. The clones can be placed in the propagator in “plugs.”
– Heated Propagators
Just as it sounds, these propagators come with a heat source that you can set to provide a constant temperature and have better control of the humidity. Like non-heated propagators, you will need to use some kind of plug to plant out into.
– Aeroponic Propagators
Aeroponic systems use neoprene collars to hold the cuttings in a net basket filled with pebbles. These nets are positioned over an irrigation system which sprays pH controlled water over the roots. Aeroponic propagators will cost you more, as you might expect, and are recommended for the more experienced grower. If you are just starting out, then we would recommend a heated propagator.