How to Make Clones Root Faster: A Step-by-Step Guide

In the natural environment, your clones won't really need a lot of boosts to root faster. This is because it gets all the nutrients it needs naturally. However, when we start planting the clones in a different environment for example in your backyard or in a more industrial setting, it would need a little bit of help to root faster.

After a ton of trials, I finally found the best way to make clones root faster in no time at all. This will save you time and would also help you get quality results all the time.

How to Make Clones Root Faster

1. Begin Properly

Things You Will Need
  • Scissors
  • A temperature and humidity regulated area
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The Procedure:

I have found that the key to having your clones root faster is to start the right way. In the past, there have been occasions where I neglected to make sure that the timing is right when I started planting and this really took a toll on the overall growth of my plant.

You should make sure that the soil you are planting on has just the right nutrients. This is usually not the case so using fertilizers would also be a good idea. The soil is not the only thing that should in controlled, you should also see to it that the temperature is kept between 72 F and 74 F.

This is the optimal temperature for your clones. The humidity is another thing you should control for. When all these environmental conditions have been controlled, you can now prep your clone.

The first thing to do is to trim all the leaves except for the leaves on the mother plant. For best results, you should cut the leaves 1-1 and a half inches in diameter. As for the plant itself, you must cut between 3-5 inches.

2. Trim Regularly

Things You Will Need
  • Scissors
  • Cloning Solution
  • Sterile Planting Medium
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The Procedure:
  • Start by lining up 10 plants in each line and start trimming. This step is just an intermediate step but is still very important and vital to growing your plant.
  • Make sure that your plants are the same height when you trim. This would ensure that your plants are growing at the same rate and that you would be harvesting them roughly at the same time.
  • Once you’ve trimmed your plant, you should now dip them in a cloning solution or similar gel and immediately placing them in a sterile planting medium.

3. Place inside Containers

Things You Will Need
  • Square Pots/ Square Oasis
  • Tray
  • Clear Plastic Top
  • Styrofoam (optional)
  • Horticultural Heating Mat (optional)
The Procedure:
  • Place your plants in a square pot (1.5 inches to 2 inches) or a Square Oasis (1.5 inches).
  • Place the cutting on a tray. Make sure that it is not wet or even moist; this can be done by adding a clear plastic top to your set-up. The clear top would allow you to see your plant while it’s growing and also to keep any kind of water out.
  • Like what I previously mentioned, it’s best if you control the temperature of your set-up. If you are storing the tray in a cold area, you should add a Styrofoam sheet to maintain the temperature. You may also use a horticultural heating mat to keep the temperature optimal.
  • After 3 days, uncover your plant and start watering it.

4. Use Fertilizer

Things You Will Need
  • Bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide (0.5%)
  • Fertilizer of the 15-30-15 or 5-8-3 type
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The Procedure:
  • After watering your plant for the first time, get a bottle of hydrogen peroxide with a 0.5% concentration.
  • Do not use fertilizer the first time you water your plant but it is recommended to start using one for the second watering.

5. Lighting

Things You Will Need
  • 5,000 K fluorescent tubes
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The Procedure:
  • For best results, you should also keep your garden lighted with 5000 K fluorescent tubes. These would imitate the natural lighting that your plant would get in its natural environment.
  • Install one fluorescent tube for every cloning space so your plants would grow equally.

6. Final Process

Things You Will Need
  • Fertilizer with 800 ppm formula
  • Fluorescent Light Tubes (optional)
  • Root Protector
The Procedure:
  • After 7 days, you will start seeing the roots.
  • Once the root starts showing, you must up your fertilizer formula to 800 ppm.
  • You will notice that growth would slow down. This is normal but if you want it to grow even faster you can add more light tubes.
  • After one week of using the 800 ppm formula, you will see that your roots are cloning faster. I recommend that you get a root protector at this point to avoid any damage.

If you want a more visual approach to the steps above, here is a video to help you further in getting your clones root faster.

How to Choose the Right Fertilizer?

When choosing the right fertilizer formula for your plant, you should get the one that has high phosphorus concentrations. These fertilizers are the best in helping your roots clone faster.

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If you are new to gardening, you would probably get confused with all the numbers, just keep in mind that the middle number is what matters. This middle number shows the phosphorus levels.

So for example, in this case, I recommend a 15-30-15 type. The “30” shows the phosphorus level and as you see it is higher than the other components. If you would want to try another formula, make sure that it has a 0.25% concentration of phosphorus.

What to Watch out for?

  • Growing in Water

If you choose to grow in water, make sure that you are checking constantly for algae. Algae easily grows in wet environments and these can clog up your roots and would impede growth.

Aside from this, when growing in water, you can boost the oxygen content in the water by putting in one part hydrogen peroxide and 5 parts water. You should also use 10 Watts of white fluorescent light per square foot. Keep the humidity at 65% or higher as well.

  • Cloning Flowering Plants
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When cloning flowering plants, you should use cuttings from shaded areas so they are still not mature. Stay clear from woody stems or any other type of hard stem. The harder your stem is, the slower your clones will root.

Once you have chosen your cuttings, get the medium of your choice and place your cuttings there. Remember to keep the light on the whole time for best results.Once the cutting roots, you will also see the newer top start to become fruitful.


I hope that this article has helped you in getting your clones to root faster and getting better results. It might seem a lot of work but trust me, for the results that you would get it is definitely worth it.

Just remember to keep the temperature, lighting, and humidity in controlled levels. The fertilizer is also the key to making your roots clone faster so pay attention when you purchase yours.

Please share this article with your friends so more people can get their roots to clone faster. If you have any other tips of your own, please comment them down below so more people can benefit. Until next time, happy planting!

Dan Harris

Hi. I'm Dan Harris. My wife and I started gardening 5 years ago. Neither one of us had any gardening background but we loved the idea of growing our own organic food. Over the years, our garden has almost doubled in size and I’ve learned a lot from my season’s successes and failures. I’ve been excited to share my own beginning knowledge and special skills with all garden lovers.

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