How To Clone Your Plants For Free

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Cloning a plant is relatively easy if you know what to do. What you will need to clone a plant is; the original plant you wish to clone, a small recipient (preferably transparent), such as a glass or a jar, some water and a lot of patience.


Step one: Choose you plant


To clone a plant you will have to cut or remove a part of the original plant, therefore it is necessary to do this with care. The trick in cloning a plant is to know which part of the plant one will remove. Once you have chosen your plant, make sure the plant is mature, healthy, and strong. Rosemary plants are a good to start with, they are easy to get, and will grow to a considerable size in just a few months time. Rosemary (outdoor plant), is good plant to start cloning. Its twigs and branches tend to be more like a small tree. This can provide you with experience when cloning larger plants. Cloning plants which twigs and extensions are more flower-like and filled with water may be more difficult, as they are more fragile and tend to break.


Step two: Choose the “part” of the plant you want to clone


To choose the part you will clone is the essential part of this type of “cloning”. You should choose a branch or twig, which does not go down into the soil and which is not part of the original roots. High branches are not suggested for cloning. The rule is balance, and strength. The branch should be not to long, nor to short, not too high located in the plant, nor too low. The clone should be strong enough as a whole, and suggest a new unit to your sight. However, the part you will remove should be strong enough to resist being removed but flexible enough to break at the union. Choose always a branch that extends from the main branch. Never clone the main branch itself.


Step three: Remove the part


You should always do this with care. Using a cutting instrument is not suggested as removing the branch with your hands will help the removal to flow down the lines necessary for new roots to grow. Never cut the branches horizontally with scissors, remove the branch with your hands. Get a secure grip on the branch to be removed, (in order to protect it), then gently tear it down towards the ground as if you where tearing a piece of paper. Do this with care, calm and caution.


Step four: Place the new cloned plant in a small jar (transparent container)


Place it inside, make sure sunlight reaches it, protect it from weather.

The plant should stand straight in the container. Don’t fill the vase to the half with water. One finger or two fingers of water is enough. Protect it from weather and temperature changes. Outside would not be a good idea, a storm or a morning freeze would affect a small “clone”.

Step five: Water the “mother” plant you have cloned


It is important to water the plant you have cloned after cloning it. Have in mind, that you have removed a significant part of energy from the “mother” plant.


Step Six: Wait


Do not loose your patience. Cloning takes time. Don’t cast the new plant out after two days because you see no roots. As long as the plant leaves are green (or the colour they are supposed to be) then the plant is alive. After some time, depending (few days, two weeks or more) you will start noticing small hair roots going into the water. Make sure the plant has sun and water. Before moving it from the vase, to soil, ask yourself; Will the plant hold? Are the roots strong enough to base into the soil and absorb the minerals? It is not the same to absorb water than to absorb the water from soil.


Step Seven: Plant the new clone gently in soil


Once you are the sure the new plant is strong, put it into the soil. Make sure the soil is fertile and make sure the plant gets enough sun as well. Do dig in the plant enough so that it is stable, keep in mind winds and other factors.


Step Eight: Water the new plant


Always water the plant when it need to be watered. See to that your new plant is well. Care for it and it will do the same.


You can repeat this process indefinitely, however after making 5 clones from a plant, it would be wise to let the “mother” plant grow without interventions for a couple of months. It is important to remember that cloning plants is not the natural way plants reproduce.

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Hi Tom,

I have always loved to do this, I'll give it a try.

Thanks for the tips.

Mak.
added 2010-06-12 21:56:28
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