CLONEX is better because:
It seals cut tissue instantly, eliminating the risk of infection or embolism. It contains rooting hormone at 3000 parts per million, the full strength required for explosive root development. CLONEX contains anti-microbial agents which protect against fungal contamination. It is a gel – far safer than liquids or powders because it cannot splash or blow about. Unlike liquids and powders, CLONEX will remain in contact with the stem right through the rooting period. Clonex can be used with any rooting medium but it is perhaps most effective with Root Riot.
CLONEX Rooting Hormone is available in a 50ml size . CLONEX Mist available in 100ml, 300ml and 750ml.
CLONEX is suitable for use with a wide range of growing media including coarse sand, perlite, vermiculite, rockwool, and proprietary mixes recommended for cuttings. We especially recommend Clonex for use with Root Riot plant cubes, which are available in convenient trays of 24 cubes as well as larger packs. Place your chosen medium in a clean plastic seed tray and moisten thoroughly. Allow adequate drainage to avoid water logging.
Softwood and Semi-Hardwood Cuttings
Select young growing shoots from your healthiest plants. Cut off shoot tips, each with four or five pairs of leaves, and remove the two lower pairs of leaves. Always use a clean sharp knife or blade. Pour a small amount of CLONEX into a separate container for immediate use. Do not dip cut tissue into the original container, and do not return any unused CLONEX as this might contaminate the remaining gel. Make a clean diagonal cut across the base of the cutting just below the lowest leaf node. Immediately dip the cutting into CLONEX, about 15 mm, then insert the cutting into the propagation medium just deep enough to support the cutting. As soon as cuttings are inserted, they should be misted with tepid water and placed into a propagator.
The Cutting Environment
Both soft-tip and semi-hardwood cuttings need to be kept in a humid environment. A heated propagator is ideal, or a plastic box, which can be covered with a sheet of glass. Alternatively, place the tray in a clear plastic bag using bent canes or wires to keep plastic off the cuttings. Gentle bottom heat (around 21ºC–24ºC) will help most species and is essential for many. Mist cuttings regularly – condensation on the underside of the glass indicates adequate humidity.
After new roots appear, your plant will need to be hardened off. If the cuttings are covered with a sheet of glass, move it to allow a small amount of air in. Increase the amount of opening each day and finally remove the glass altogether. When the little plants are growing strongly they can be placed into the larger rockwool cubes or potted into soil or coco. Place soil carefully around new roots to avoid damaging them.