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6 Steps For Taking Perfect Cuttings

If speeding up your crop cycle is important to you, then check out our guide to propagation.

Follow our advice and you’ll be harvesting healthy, higher yielding plants quicker than ever before.

Seed Germination V’s Cutting Propagation – Which is faster?

It really depends on the type of plant. Some will root faster than others.

Anything woody, will take longer, (sometimes a lot longer) to root/propagate from cuttings than if started from a seed. Whereas cuttings from a tomato will root much faster than if growing from a seed.

If speed is of the essence, you need to consider the type of plant you’re dealing with and choose the correct method to speed up your plants’ growth.

Variety or Uniformity?

If you’re looking for a bit of variety from your plants, then propagating from seed is the best thing for you. The seeds will look the same, but genetically they will be quite diverse.

For uniformity propagate from cuttings. They’ll be genetically identical to the mother plant you’ve taken them from.

Propagating Cuttings

There’s not always a need to propagate from seed. You can also take cuttings from a mother plant and use those.

When cut correctly from the mother plant your cutting can develop roots that can create a new plant.

Because the cell make up of your cutting is identical to the plant you’ve taken it from, they’ll also be genetically identical to the mother plant.

This is particularly helpful to growers looking to replicate a plant that has given them a particularly high yield or tasty fruit.

Here’s How to Take Cuttings

STEP 1: Select a healthy plant.

STEP 2: Use a clean sterilised sharp instrument, such as a scalpel to cut off a growing tip from a healthy parent plant.

It should have a long enough stem to allow it to root. At least 5cm of stem should be available.

STEP 3: Put your fresh cutting into clean water to avoid it drying out.

If you’re taking cuttings from different mother plants, then use a separate water vessel for each. This is to avoid any possible cross-contamination if disease is present in a cutting, which you are unaware of.

STEP 4: When all your cuttings are complete, place them into the growing medium, or if you’re using an X‑Stream Aeroponic propagator, place them into the cone collars with around 3cm of the cutting at the bottom.

Some growers like to dip the ends into a ‘rooting gel’. If you wish to do this, it should be done before putting them into your propagator.

STEP 5: Water lightly and cover with a humidity dome.

If you’re using an aeroponic propagator, your plants will be sprayed with a fine mist automatically 24/7. To control humidity close the vents on the humidity dome and open gradually as the roots develop.

STEP 6: For even better results, place a grow light fixture above the dome. Time the lights to start and stop according to the needs of your plant.

NOTE: It might take 7–10 days before your cuttings begin to show roots, so if you don’t see any before then, be patient.