What is Cloning?
Cloning, in terms of horticulture refers to the process of making copies of one plant, the "mother", by taking cuttings of its growing stems, which under the right conditions will grow roots of their own. Clones are exact copies, genetically identical to their mother and can generally be expected to exhibit the same characteristics as that mother, making cloning an ideal option for those who wish to preserve a particularly outstanding plant, as well as for situations where plant regularity is key i.e. commercial farming, greenhouses. 

Can it be Done at Home?
You bet. I'm going to explain how to construct simple yet highly effective Aeroponic propagation system for around 40 dollars in parts, much less than commercially available versions. This type of cloner uses a small pump to constantly mist the ends of cuttings taken from a mother plant, creating an ideal environment of water and oxygen around the cuttings which accelerates the rooting process. Although many different cloning methods exist, this system is by far the easiest, most forgiving, low maintenance, and fastest way I have found to successfully propagate cuttings. You simply set it and forget it.

How Long Does it Take?
Using only filtered water different plant species will take anywhere from seven days to a month or longer to grow roots. Adding a rooting hormone (available at most garden stores) to your process can speed things along significantly if time is of importance to you.

What Plant Species Can I Clone?
Most all plants are technically cloneable, although species with woody stems can be tougher. I would suggest googling what you are trying to do for species specific information. Try starting here simplyhydro.com 

Read On >>>>>>> 

Step 1: Components and Tools


Plastic Bucket - 3 and 5 gallon versions both work, I prefer the 3 gallons because they are low profile. Black is the best color for this       application because it blocks light but any color you can find will work, just be aware of any green algae buildup and change the water if it happens.
Lid - Black is best, but any color will work as long as it fits your bucket and has a gasket. The gasket is a small round rubber band that seals the bucket and lid together and is crucial to leak free operation. If in doubt, ask someone.
PVC - 1/2" schedule 40. 22" total.
6x 2" Lengths
2x 5" Lengths
4x 90 Degree Elbow
2x Tee
1x Adaptor Tee 1/2" straight to 1/2" FPT (where the pump screws in, see pictures).
PVC Cement - sold in kits at hardware stores, very easy to do just read directions.
1/2" x 4" Breakaway Riser - Connects pump to mister manifold, breakaway allows for manifold hight adjustment. Check the irrigation isle at hardware store.
Teflon Tape - For tight seals
Submersible Pump - Mine is 264 GPH, anything in this range should work, just make sure it has a decent head rating (how high it can pump water) or is marketed as a fountain pump. Aquarium pumps can be pretty wimpy and a lot will not provide the pressure needed to correctly run the misters.
Mister Heads
6x 180 degree pattern.
3x 360 degree pattern.
Plant Holders (12x) - You can find these at hydroponic gardening stores, or make your own from any sort of flexible, waterproof material like foam or neoprene, plastic, foam / cellular insulation, etc. Be creative! Any diameter under 2" will work.


Electric Drill - w/ Bits
Hole Saw - To match cutting holder size. Slightly smaller is also acceptable, you want a tight fit.
Thread Tap - To match thread pattern on misters - ask hardware store for help if you are having trouble.
Tap Holder - I made one, but commercial versions would work better.
Hack Saw - for cutting PVC.
Ruler 12-18"

Picked up items and assembled in a few hours. Really professional looking product. Didn't find the need for more than a center 360 and 4 corner 180s. Appreciate the post and keep them coming; awesome results.
If this works for basil you are the best person in the world. Thank you! <br>
Oh my gosh! My teacher uses the word automagically all the time :D
Could you explain why Americans use the word &quot;gosh&quot; all the time <br>Is it because of &quot;dont use his name in vain&quot; or what <br>A serious question not meant to insult anyones faith or anything <br>Its just that im Swedish and curious
Yes, it is because of &quot;don't take the Lord's name in vain&quot;. As to why God is replaced by &quot;gosh&quot;, I am not quite sure. I just learned it from hearing other people.
This instructable helped me with my raised bed.
great idea
I know you are all thinking the same thing lol
what do you mean chris?

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