How Do I Use the Power Cloner?
Being a leader in the indoor growing industry, BC Northern Lights aims to collaborate with other innovators in the business.
So, to optimize our award-winning grow boxes, we partnered together with Golden Grow so you can get the most out of your growing experience.
Golden Grow’s Cloning and Vegetation System, the Power Cloner, gives you the ability to create up to 48 clones out of your favorite mother plants.
Why is this cool?
Well, chances are, you probably have a "tomato" plant that that's been with you for a while now.
Its sweet, sweet odor and tantalizing flavor changed your life.
Naturally, you want more of it. So, you make clones. And the Power Cloner is the best way to do that.
It’s a simple device, with only a few parts, making it easy to use. But in order to get the most out of it, it’s important to know how to use it correctly.
First things first
The Power Cloner comes with the following parts. Make sure you got ‘em all:
- 10-gallon reservoir
- Submersible pump
- Sprinkler manifold with sprinkler heads
- 48-site cloning lid
- 1” neoprene inserts (60)
- Green grommets for cloning lid (48 installed, 2 spare)
- Large green closed grommet
- Small green open grommets (2)
- Small green closed grommets (2 installed)
For detailed pre-use checklist, visit Golden Grow’s manual here: https://www.goldengrow.com/golden-grow-aeroponic-combo-system-manual/
Getting it going
As with anything relating to growing, before you touch anything, make sure both you and your equipment are clean. Remember: bugs are a real thing, and can really ruin a good plant.
So, make sure to wash your hands and the parts of your Power Cloner with soap and warm water.
Even with best intentions going in, it’s a losing game if you don’t keep it clean.
Alright, so now your hands are clean.
Check to see that the pump and the manifold (i.e. the white tube structure with a bunch of red nozzles) are in the center of the box (also known as the reservoir).
The longer side of the tube should line up with the longer side of the box.
Fill your reservoir (box, remember?) with 2.9 gallons (11 litres) of clean, filtered water (which means no chlorine or chloramine).
Make sure that you don’t overfill it. There’s a 20L fill line that you really should not go above, and you should definitely no cover the sprinkler heads or else, well, obviously your sprinklers will not sprinkle.
Your 48-site cloning lid is the lid with 48 holes. Put that lid on your reservoir and make sure it’s snug.
You know how sometimes you get a drink from Starbucks and the lid isn’t on properly, so you end up pouring piping hot coffee on yourself?
Yeah, that’s what you don’t want. So make sure that lid is on tight.
As a philosopher named Bubba Sparxxx once said in his poetic song, “Ms. New Booty,” make sure to “get it right, get it right, get it tight.” Clamp those handles up and over the edge of the lid.
Then, insert 48 neoprene discs (those black, spongey circular things) into the cloning lid, reserving one behind for your “tomato” plant’s first cutting.
Do not press them all the way down when you’re inserting the discs. Push the black discs into the grommets (holes) just through the hole so that around a quarter of an inch of the discs are peeping out from the top of the holes.
Now, plug in the power cord, and let the machine run for a minute or two. Be sure to check for leaks around the grommets (holes) near the pump cord and air lines. These are at the side of the cloner.
Time for the fun stuff
Grab one of your mother plants. Make sure it’s about five to six weeks old before you take cuttings. You should have two sets of leaves on either end of the branch you plan on snipping.
Mix a bowl of pH balanced water (and 1 mL of vitamin B, if you have it). Using a sharp scalpel, cut across a firm branch at a 45-degree angle roughly three to four inches from the end of the branch, between the sets of nodes.
Immediately put your cuttings into the bowl of pH-balanced water. This is in order to prevent air bubbles from getting trapped in the center of the stem. The vitamin B will reduce shock.
Remember: your plants don’t like change, so vitamin B is recommended so that this transition isn’t too crazy.
Then, take the cuttings out of the bowl of water, and make one last cut (again at a 45-degree angle) at the bottom of each of them. Dip them into a rooting gel.
Take the end of one of the “tomato” plant cuttings (make sure it has a least four to five nodes) from your mother plant and put them stem into a neoprene disc through its little slots. Be careful not to rub of the rooting gel.
You should have at least one or two nodes below the bottom end of the disc. About 1 to 1.5 inches of the stem should be left below the disc.
Note that your cutting’s roots will grow between the last two nodes of your cutting.
Okay, now, remove one of the black discs from the lid, and swap it with the neoprene disc with the cutting. Repeat until you have as many grommets (holes) filled as you want clones.
Your cloner should be kept under 18 hours of light every single day (which means six hours in the dark).
Give it a little time
If you want to check the progress of your clones, make sure you unplug the pump first. Then, carefully take off the lid and look for roots.
Be sure to change the water in the reservoir every seven days. Any longer may lead to bacterial and fungal growth. Hell, your roots might even rot. So if you want healthy “tomato” plants, set a reminder for yourself.
Depending on the variety you’re cloning, your plants should grow roots anywhere between one to four weeks. One good way to tell if they’re ready is when the roots of your cuttings start to intertwine with the other clone roots.
Same goes for when you remove your clones—unplug the pump first!
Time to vegetate!
Pick your sturdiest, healthiest, most vivacious plants, and gentle nestle them into a one-inch rock wool cube. Then, place that in a 3” rock wool sleeve. Put everything in a 3.5-inch mesh pot.
If your roots are too long, cut entirely through the 3-inch rock wool sleeve (creating a little donut hole), and carefully guide the roots through the hole.
Up to 12 of your clones can be vegged, so repeat this step up to 12 times.
Depending on the variety of plant, your plants will veg for about three weeks. Once they're about eight to 10 inches, it's time for...