With hydroponics, gardeners can not only bring their work indoors but can also plant up to four times as many crops in the same amount of space as they could with traditional soil farming. Despite this impressive number, growing plants can still be difficult if the plants that are produced are challenging to grow from the seed alone.
Why cloning can bring you a successful garden
One of the keys to growing a successful indoor garden is cloning. Unlike animals, plants can reproduce asexually and therefore sometimes naturally clone themselves. For instance, spider plants produce plantlets on their stems, which can be planted and grown.
Cloning the plants in your garden makes it easier to care for the garden as a whole because each plant shares the same genetically characteristics. However, in order to successfully clone a plant, you must first identify the best plant in your garden to clone.
Finding the best donor plant
When cloning plants, it isn’t enough to identify attractive features. The donor plant you choose should have qualities that will improve the general quality of life for the rest of your garden.
That is to say, the donor plant must be free of pathogens, disease, pests, and stresses. If you choose to clone a plant that is prone to sickness, the duplicates will then be prone to sickness as well.
Increasing the rate of cloning success
Study the potential donor plant over a series of days. This will give you enough time to be able to identify any sickness or damage including fungus or pests. The donor plant is also ideally used when in a vegetative stage for the best success.
Another way to increase the rate of success is by reducing the amount indoor garden lighting on the donor plant 24 hours before you plan to clone it. By reducing the hydroponic lighting system’s intensity, you’re also reducing the stress on the plant which can happen when placed under artificial lighting.
Finally, using cloning supplements can also help to ease the stress of your donor plant. Cloning supplements offer your plant vitamins and minerals to encourage root development while providing nutrients to new root cells.
Cloning is one of the keys to growing a successful indoor garden. With careful selection and proper stress-free care using cloning supplements, base nutrients, and reduced lighting, you can guarantee successful cloning in your garden.