Hello everyone. If you are serious about committing to an organic garden then i highly recommend picking up some Aloe. Not only does it have multiple medical uses much like our beloved Miss Mary but they can work together in ways that may surprise you. The topic of this article is cloning. You have a strain you really like or you want to take cuttings from a mother plant and make clones but you dont want to introduce chemicals to your painstakingly organic grow! Aloe is the answer.
Why does it work for cloning? Aloe is known as a "wetting agent" due to its saponin content but its uses go well beyond that. Aloe is chock full of Amino Acids, Enzymes, and secondary metabolites but most importantly for our uses it is loaded up with Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Aci is involved in local and systemic plant defense responses against pathogens and pests. Salicylic Acid can volatilize and warn other nearby plants of attack. It helps keep the plant safe and healthy during stresses such as heat, cold, drought, heavy metal toxicity, and osmotic stress. It is also filled with a wide range of beneficial nutrients but for our purpose it also contains growth hormones and organic rooting compounds that help the aloe plant sprout runners or shoots to propagate new plants in its natural environment.
How does it work?
We will need a clean glass. A sharp STERILE cutting tool such as a razor or good sharp shears. And of course your Aloe Plant. And distilled water.
To clone with aloe you prepare a solution of aloe and water. Some recommend a 1inch chunk of the aloe leaf but i dont believe you can use too much here so i take a whole leaf of about 6 inches.
To prepare our solution i used my shears to split open the length of the leaf of aloe and peeled the two halves apart.
Next we play with...i mean scrape the goo out into the glass of water. It is good for your skin so dont be afraid to get messy here.
It feels so sticky and silly! Teehee...i mean uh...yes...put it in the water. Do not play with it! Once it is in the water stir vigorously. Mix it in very well.
Next we need to get our cuttings. I took cuttings from the lower branches as im preparing to begin flowering soon and those nodes will likely not produce any viable buds being so low on the canopy.
Once you have your cuttings cut the stem at a 45 degree area. This gives more surface area for roots to sprout from.
Next we want to coat the cutting with the goo from our aloe.
And lastly we set the cutting into our water/aloe solution in the jars.
From here you have a couple options. Let it soak for at least 12 hours. From there you can put it into your soil, rockwool, or hydro bubbler. OR you can leave it in the solution until roots appear. It can take 1-2 weeks for roots to appear. Check it daily to make sure. Once you see roots it needs to be planted. You can see we have 2 good strong roots from one of the plants. This took almost 2 weeks to sprout. This is now ready to be planted! One did not survive.
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