Homemade aeroponics systems are not the easiest for beginners to start. At least that’s what we thought until we saw this homemade aeroponics clone. Aeroponics clones take a storage box and use the lid to suspend the plants over water. It’s that easy. Of course, you’ll need to have a few other materials like an air pump and timer. By keeping the plant’s root ball exposed to the air these plants are receiving all the oxygen they need to grow quick and healthy.
What is cloning?
Cloning is the process of making a duplicate copy of something, in this case plants. We loved the description by Technology Garden, so here’s a quick explanation of cloning plants.
Cloning your mature plants is a fast and simple way to make “copies” of your plants. Cloning some plants is as easy as taking a cutting and plopping it in a jar of water, but most plants are trickier and require attention to make a clone take root.
Clones are delicate and prone to disease but if you use a fresh clean razorblade to cut and handle them carefully when transplanting into the cloning machine. Cloning gel protects and helps promote root growth. Overall, cloning is easy once you have the right tools and having a cloning machine of your own makes it simple and easy.
We like to make clones of our mature plants to pot and give to friends and we also like to clone before the end of the outdoor growing season. Near the end of the season we take clones and prepare them for transfer into our indoor garden so we can get a head start vs. starting new seeds. Cloning is also a great way to preserve the exact plant strain and keep it going. Overall, Cloning is a great time saver and an easy way to spread the love of gardening to friends and family.
Typical Problems with Home Aeroponics
- Pumps are expensive
- Spray heads will clog
- Water damage if done incorrectly
Build Your Own Homemade Aeroponics Clone
With the problems involved in creating an aeroponics system for your household, many people decide it’s not worthwhile and stick to hydroponics. The exposed root ball of the plant makes it vulnerable to disease and pests. This system to make your own aeroponics clone is the solution.
Success with your homemade aeroponics cloner starts with cleanliness and the right temperature. I address these two topics in some detail on my cloning success page. Start with clean, room temperature water in the reservoir. Adding a B1 supplement, like Thrive Alive B1, helps to reduce cutting shock and promote quicker and stronger root development. It’s easy to adjust this system for rockwool. Use round rockwool plugs held in place with some expanded clay pellets in each netted pot. Most importantly, keep everything as close to 72 degrees as you can.
- Large plastic storage bin, such as the 24 gallon Storage Box by Rubbermaid
- Drill with 2″ hole bit
- 2″ netted pots, or disposable 6 oz plastic cups (number depends on how many plants)
- Clay pellets
- Two 6″ air stones
- Dual Valve EcoPlus Air pump and tubing
- Aquarium heater
- Cut 2″ holes into the lid of your container. Cut as many holes as you have plants.
- Fit 2″ netted pots into holes. If you choose to use disposable plastic cups, you’ll need to drill holes in the bottom for the roots.
- Insert your plant cuttings into the netted pots and use the clay pellets to hold in place.
- Fill the storage bin with water. The water level should be kept 1″ below the bottom of the netted pots. This makes it only 1/2″ below the plant cuttings.
- Connect the air pump to the timer. Set the timer to run in cycles; 15 minutes on, 45 minutes off.
- Connect the air stone to the air pump via the tubing. Place the air stones in the water.
- Set the aquarium heater to 72-75 degrees F.
- Replace the lid, turn on the air pump and timer, and be sure everything is working correctly. You should have roots in around 2 weeks.
Tips for Success
- You’ll want a storage container that is dark, thus making it light proof. By preventing light you’ll avoid the problem of algae growth. Your plant cuttings might also not take correctly if it’s not dark enough.
- When cutting your holes for the pots be sure to stay inside the lip of the lid to keep it’s structure.
- Set your water out overnight to ensure it reaches room temperature before using.
Conclusion: You Can Build a Homemade Aquaponics System!
Whether you’re a crafty person looking to make your own DIY aeroponic system or someone who wants to buy an aeroponic kit you can do it. Aeroponics cloners will be the easiest way to get started and you’ll reduce the risk of plant diseases. Start an aeroponics system today.
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