In the world of plant propagation, many factors determine the success of your cycle. From the traditional methods of cloning in a medium to the most advanced aeroponic methods, the outcome of a cycle is reliant upon one’s ability to control the environment and by creating the perfect conditions for that particular species and strain to be propagated.

Plant propagation relies on the convergence of three critical factors; moisture, oxygen and heat. No matter what method of propagating, these three principles of cloning always remain and are of equally importantance. A warm, moist and oxygen rich environment is what cuttings yearn for…unfortunately, so do bacteria and pathogens. Controlling bacteria and pathogens is the easiest way of ensuring a successful cycle, especially since they are the leading cause of problematic cloning. Bacteria and pathogens can be controlled by two methods: One, by temperature and attempting to create an environment inhospitable to the bacteria and, secondly, with additives that combat the bacteria and pathogens on a molecular level.

Until recent developments, it has been common belief that when cloning in an aeroponic system, better results are achieved with lower reservoir temperatures because of the decreased chance of bacterial infection. This is why EZ-CLONE has recommended in the past cloning between 68 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. By keeping reservoir temperature for “ez cloners” lower, the bacteria and pathogens are discouraged from growth, resulting in higher success rates. By mimicking a more hostile environment for bacteria with lower temperatures, a less favorable environment is also created for your cutting, which can result in unfavorable consequences, such as prolonged rooting times. Instead of concentrating on creating and maintaining the perfect conditions for root development, more concentration is now being devoted to keeping the bacteria at bay and producing a unfriendly environment. This is the point where priorities need to be reevaluated.

For years, aeroponic and hydroponic growers have had to rely on lower temperatures as a solution to their bacteria and pathogen problems. After extensive testing and research by EZ-CLONE Enterprises Inc., it has been determined that with warmer reservoir temperatures, rooting times can be accelerated. EZ-CLONE has developed a new additive, Clear Rez, which combats bacteria and pathogens, allowing for a more broad spectrum of acceptable cloning temperatures. Instead of having to concentrate on keeping the reservoir temperature low so that bacteria and pathogens can’t flourish, growers can now devote all of their attention to producing the best conditions for root growth and healthy plants. A little rearranging of priorities can make all the difference in the world. With the use of Clear Rez, 100% success rates have become standard at 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Clear Rez has increased the optimum temperature range for cloning by ten degrees, making it anywhere from 68 to 85 fahrenhiet, depending on species and strain. Remember, there are always multiple solutions to any given problem and finding the most practical solution is what growth is all about. Until next time, remember to keep it green! 

Recommendations for the advanced grower – 
For those who have the full ability to control the temperature in your EZ-CLONE, begin your cloning cycle with slightly warmer temperatures, somewhere between 75 and 85 degrees. By starting with warmer temperatures, roots will be encouraged to pop more quickly. As roots begin to develop, start lowering your temperatures to somewhere between 68 and 75 degrees, which will help to protect against bacteria and pathogen contamination.