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11/13/2002 1:17:00 AM
aeroponic bubbler questions...

I'm still trying to get this cloner bubbler of mine to work right, but I'm not quite sure exactly what is totally involved. Will introducing lots of oxygen into the water cause percipitate? in the trial runs it caused a lot.

As far as the cloner, my setup is as follows: small container with lid, 5 inches tall. two 6 inch airstones run across it lengthly and are fed by a powerful enough pump to wet the top easily with the popping bubbles.

Clones need direct sunlight correct? also, how much should the bubbler moisten the cutting tip?
How long does it usually take for a cutting to root?
Do I still use hormones in junction with the nutrient solution?
What is the best way to take a cutting?

(I'm new to the art of cloning)
The Green Thumbs
11/13/2002 9:28:00 AM
Re: aeroponic bubbler questions...

Let me give you the run down on cloning:<br>
First off, you should always have your cloning solution ready to use as soon as you take a cutting. As soon as you cut, dip your tip immediately into the solution. This minimizes any chance that plant suck up air (the plant will continue to try to draw food up through it's stem, even after you cut it. If there's no food to draw, then it will suck in air, causing an embolism.). Your cutting should not get direct light until it roots (which should take anywhere from 5-10 days, depending on how good of a rooting hormone you are using). It also should not recieve any nutrients used full strength, if you even give it nutrients at all. You can get by on just giving it tap water, but if you would like to give it nutrients, cut the recommended dilution in half.<br><br>As far as your precipitate concerns, the oxygen may be a culprit. I suspect the major factor would be the chemical make-up of your water. Let me know if you have any other questions.
11/13/2002 3:55:00 PM
Re: aeroponic bubbler questions...

It would be neat if I could somehow upload a picture to your site to show you our water analysis. Its hard water with 400ppm of dissolved solids...mostly calcium carbonate I believe.

I it a bad thing that it percipitates?

OK, so half strength nutrient solution, immediately dip the cutting in rootine hormone, then put into aeroponic setup to get slightly misted...gotcha...ohh, and NO LIGHT until it has roots.

How often should the roots be misted? if they ever so slightly get misted can I have it on all the time?

The Green Thumbs
11/14/2002 9:16:00 AM
Re: aeroponic bubbler questions...

Your cuttings should get light, just not DIRECT light. Cuttings are fairly fragile, so they cannot handle a lot of nutrients and light right off. You can mist the roots as much as you want, just do not drown them. But keep it so they do not dry out.
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