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Ez-Clone Classic 16 Cutting System


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Brand: EZ-Clone
Item #: 706420
UPC: 953229001214
The EZ-Clone Classic is made from fully recyclable, highly chemically resistant and extremely durable HDPE. This cloning system has a leak resistant cord outlet that allows for multiple cords, and a specially designed recessed drain that provides maximum protection while offering the ability to easily tip the unit for draining. These are just some of the 75 improvements designed specifically to make cloning even easier.

Lighting

The preferred lighting to use is a 2 or 4 foot two bulb T5 fluorescent fixture. The 6500K T5 watt bulbs work best and this is a sufficient amount of light for the delicate cuttings. A 2 foot fixture works well over the 16 cutting system and a 4 foot fixture supplies adequate coverage over the 32, 64, and 128 cutting systems. The light should be securely suspended over the system and should be placed about 12-18 inches above the top of the cuttings and put on a 18-24 hour time cycle.

Filling Reservoir, Additives and pH

Next, with the manifold properly attached to the water pump and placed in the center of the reservoir, fill the reservoir with tap water or another source of quality water. Fill the system until the water level is 2 to 3 inches above the pump.

Note: Pump should be completely submerged at all times!

Note: Avoid using (distilled) water! It causes lack of progress and could prevent roots from forming at all. However, Reverse Osmosis water is usually fine. If you feel that the tap water in your area is too high in certain mineral content or has excessive chlorine, its ok to use an RO system, but tap water in most areas is usually sufficient.

Next, add EZ-CLONE Clear Rez at a dilution rate of 1oz per 5 gallons per week. In a large 128-cutting system, this equates to be approximately 4oz per week. In a 64-cutting system, 2oz per week, in a 32-cutting system it equates to be about 1oz per week and the 16-cutting system needs about 3/4oz per week.

After the solutions are added, adjust the pH. Tap water is usually pH adjusted somewhere close to neutral or just above 7.0. Even without additives of any kind, the pH of tap water will have a tendency to rise over the course of 24-48 hours. To compensate for this, adjust the initial pH down to approximately 5.2 because the pH will slowly rise somewhere close to between 5.8 and 6.3. This is an acceptable range for getting quality results. Keep a close eye on pH during this time period of 24-48 hrs. If the pH needs to be adjusted again later on, do so, but it usually stables out after the first couple adjustments. If you are not sure if youve got an accurate pH reading, I highly recommend getting a quality digital pH meter. You should be using a pH meter for your feeding solutions in all stages of growth anyway.

Taking Cuttings and Inserting Into Lid

Next, start taking cuttings from your donor plant. Take them directly from the donor plant right before you are ready to insert them into the lid. On the average, you can take a 3 to 5 inch cutting and leave 2 to 4 leaves on the top. If the leaves are small, dont trim them. If they are medium to large, trim half of each leaf off. The reason for this is because the cutting only requires a small leaf area to absorb a sufficient amount of light to keep it alive. Also, because the cutting does not have a root structure yet, the leaves are sustained by the amount of moisture that is held in the stem. If the leaves are smaller, the cutting does not have to work as hard to supply moisture to the leaves, which allows the cutting to focus its energy on producing roots. It also has the added benefit of reducing the overall amount of leaf area on the top of the EZ-CLONE. This prevents some leaves from getting covered by others and makes for an overall friendlier environment, which is less likely to promote fungal growth like Powdery Mildew.

As you take each cutting, you will cut it from the donor plant with either a sharp razor blade or a quality pair of trimming shears. Make sure the cutting utensil is clean. It can be sterilized with isopropyl alcohol, a lighter, or both. There have rumors that its necessary for the cutting to be taken at a 45 degree angle. This is completely false. It does not matter. Just make sure the cut is clean and the bottom of the cutting is not mangled. Roots will form along the wall of the stem.

After taking each cutting, place the cutting inside a separate shot glass of rooting compound (rooting hormone) gel like Clonex and let it sit there until you have taken approximately 8 cuttings. Avoid dipping cuttings into the original container of cloning gel to help prevent contamination in your original container of rooting gel. This means you have 8 cuttings soaking up the gel. Then pull them out one at a time, insert each cutting into a new cloning collar and place the collar into the system and continue that pattern until the lid is full.

Although the cloning collars can be reused, it's highly recommend using new collars every time you clone instead of trying to clean the previously used ones. When the collars are used, they can get slime in the pores, cracks, and creases from various types of additives and its a bit difficult to guarantee they get totally clean. It's better to spend the few bucks for new collars and not have to worry about potentially getting any bad bacteria due the old collars not being cleaned properly. View it as a 50-cent insurance policy per cutting.

Do not turn the water pump on until you have the entire system full of cuttings and have pH balanced the water. It usually takes about 2 minutes per cutting to take the cutting and insert it into the lid. You will get faster with practice. During this time it takes to take the cutting they will still be absorbing the gel and an hour is not too long to wait before turning on the water pump. The cuttings usually will not wilt within this hour time period, but if you do get some minor wilting, after you plug the pump in, the cuttings will perk right back up.

Water Temperature

With the development of EZ-CLONE Clear Rez, water temperatures are no longer as big of a concern. Bacterial growth is aided by warmer temperature. This is why we used to recommended lower reservoir temperatures for successful cloning. We have experienced successful cloning with temperatures as high as 85 degrees with the use of Clear Rez. Placing the cloner on a concrete or tile floor can help draw the heat out of the water. Avoid concrete and tile flooring if it is winter time or you live in a part of the country where it gets very cold.

Daily Maintenance

One of the most valuable benefits of using the EZ-CLONE is that it is designed to plug in and produce roots. Your time is very valuable and you want something to work for you not the other way around. Most people's experiences with conventional methods of cloning (putting the cuttings into various mediums and under humidity domes) was less than successful. Results were sporadic and cuttings had to be babysat and sprayed with water regularly to keep them from drying out. Many EZ-Clone users have filled up their EZ-CLONE, went on vacation, and when they came back, had beautiful healthy roots. THAT is what the product is designed to do!

Transplanting

Another major benefit to the EZ-CLONE is that your cuttings are developing roots aeroponically and are not surrounded by any particular growing medium before theyre ready to transplant. This allows you to remove the cuttings from the system and the freedom to place them into soil, soilless mixes, rockwool, hydroton (clay rocks), coco fiber, pure organic mixes, or to go straight into larger aeroponic or hydroponic systems. Its very versatile.

Humidity Domes?

The EZ-CLONE was originally created without a humidity dome specifically because it is NOT necessary. Conventional methods of propagation require domes to keep the medium and cuttings from drying out too quickly. They also require the grower to keep a constant eye on the cuttings to make sure they don't wilt and die. The inner workings of an EZ-CLONE provide the perfect environment for rapid root growth. Because the EZ-CLONE gives the cuttings a constant aeroponic mist of solution from inside the system, being concerned with the cuttings drying out is never an issue. Also, when cuttings are rooted under domes and the domes are removed for transplanting, the cuttings go through a period of shock and can often die. Another benefit to propagating without a humidity dome is that it allows the cuttings to transpire and breathe naturally and much more efficiently. This drastically reduces the chance of creating too much humidity and attracting harmful airborne fungi such as powdery mildew. The companies out there who have attempted to copy the EZ-Clone design and include a humidity dome are simply trying to fool the end consumer into believing that the dome is necessary and charging you for it! Leave the domes off! Its better for the plants.

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