How Does the Power Cloner Work?
Last summer, BC Northern Lights introduced the Golden Grow Power Cloner.
The Power Cloner helps you clone your favorite mother plants and prepare them for your BCNL grow boxes.
We talked about how to use them over here, so now you know how to use them.
But do you know how they work?
The Power Cloner uses aeroponics.
It's similar to hydroponics in that it's soilless and that it also uses water, but the way in which the water interacts with the plants is different.
A quick refresher
Hydroponics is a soilless way to grow plants.
The plants absorb nutrients through nutrient-rich water via its root system, and this water is given to the plant in different ways, depending on what sort of hydroponic system you use.
There are six types of hydroponics, but that's really the basis of it: no soil, nutrient-rich water.
Hydroponic systems can also use inert mediums, like peat moss, clay pellets, rockwool, etc.
The six types of hydroponic systems are:
- Deep-water culture
- Nutrient film technique
- Ebb and flow
- Drip system
- Aeroponic system
Hydroponic systems are beneficial because the plant roots are in direct contact with the nutrient solution and oxygen, both of which help to promote plant growth.
In fact, some studies show that plants may mature up to 25% quicker, and yield 30% more when hydroponic system-grown plants are compared to plants grown in soil.
That's a hell of a lot more of those beautiful "tomatoes."
This happens because when your plants don't have to source their own nutrients, searching for them in the soil, they can concentrate on growing bigger and stronger.
Aeroponics is a more—if you will—high tech type of hydroponics.
The word comes from two Greek words: aero means air, and ponos means labor. Unlike the other five systems, aeroponics solely uses nutrient solutions/water and no growing medium.
The plants are suspended over a reservoir, leaving the roots dangling. Then, the plants are sprayed from underneath, using water from the reservoir via a nutrient pump, through fine nozzles/sprinklers.
Your plants are sprayed at regular/timed intervals, so there is very little maintenance in an aeroponic system; changing the water in the reservoir is one of the few things for you to do once the system is set up.
Because your plants' roots are in direct contact with the nutrient solution, less of it is actually needed than in some other methods.
For those who are environmentally conscious, the aeroponic system can also help you conserve water.
That's because it's a closed-loop system that uses and reuses the water within the reservoir. Of course, you'd have to change the nutrient water every week, but there is zero water run-off and minimal wastage.
One last benefit of an aeroponic system has to do with the absence of soil. If you're growing in soil, you'll have to deal with mess. You might get splashed by the water, but hey, better than soil!
In the Power Cloner
Similar to the diagram of how an aeroponic system works above, the Power Cloner has all the necessary components of an aeroponic system:
- Nutrient pump
- Sprinkler system
- A lid with grommets for each "tomato" plant clipping
Once all of the clippings are inserted into the neoprene discs, and your Power Cloner is plugged in, with your lid snuggly clipped onto your reservoir, the magic happens inside.
The pump will take water from the reservoir and, using the sprinkler system, sprays a fine mist onto the roots at regular intervals.
Eventually, your clippings will form long, lovely roots, anywhere from seven to 21 days, depending on the variety of "tomato" plant.
That's all there is to it, folks.
There's a real beauty to simplicity, huh?