HD Aquaponics Ep. 14 – Cloning tomato plants and an update on the sweet corn

HD Aquaponics video webcastSo in this video we take a look at cloning plants. We use some rooting agent that we picked up from home depot. We also take a look at aquaponics cloning. Just put your clone in the grow media and wait. Your system will give your plants the oxygen and nutrients it needs.

 

 

 

 

Lose video transcript:
Okay so I wanted to do a little update on the corn. The one in front you can see it’s doing alright. The older leaves are starting to turn brown, I don’t know if that’s normal or not. You can see it on this one and this one here. This corn back here doesn’t look too bad… look at this pea pod plant, it’s just getting so big. I suspect in about week it wont have any place to go. You can see the pea pod here, I ate one earlier.

So I haven’t had very good luck with my tomato plants, it might still be just a little too cold around here for them. I think an ideal temperature would be a little warmer than it is now. We’re going to actually take some clones from some of the tomato plants that doing okay. You can see a little succor growing out of the side of the tomato plant, and that’s actually going to be my clone. I’m going to get my supplies and we’re going to talk about cloning. After choosing my succor to make my clone, ideally I would have let the succor get a little bigger but that’s alright. We’re going to try some rooting hormone or rooting agent and place it in a soilpod. I grab the base of the succor and snap it off, as you can see if come off very easily. Lets move over to the table and we’ll get started on the next step. So these are going to be the things we need to clone the succor: the soilpod that the succor will sit in, our razor knife to cut our 45 degree line, and some rooting hormone we picked up from home depot for about six bucks. So the first thing I did was clean my blade with some rubbing alcohol to help stop any disease spread. As you can see I cut the stem at a 45 degree angle to increase the surface area to help promote root growth. So I have my bottle of rooting hormone and I’m just going to dip the cut end of my tomato clone into the rooting hormone. Now I’ll just take the clone and place it into a soilpod and cover the hole with a little Pearl-lite. Next I will water the plant really well and give it a treatment of seaweed extract and move it under the grow lights.

So this next clone we’ll be using is a purple Cherokee tomato, I cut the end at 45 degrees like the last one. I don’t know if this branch will be ideal but I’m still going to use it. What is cool about aquaponics cloning is that you don’t need any thing special, no rooting agent, just place the clone directly into the grow media of the aquaponics bed. So the system will drain supplying oxygen to the roots, then the aquaponics beds will fill and provide water a nutrients to the roots. So this look to be about as good a place as any so we’ll just dig a hole into our ¾ inch grow media. We’ll plant the clone down far enough for the water to reach the clone stem. Do not use rooting hormone in your aquaponics system as it might be toxic to your fish. The plant or clone, might look like it’s dying but if it makes it through, the plant will come back. This is a succor that we planted a few weeks ago and as you can see we have roots growing already. This clone will be its own tomato plant.

So as you can see I have this clone packed into a soilpod, under the grow lights of the indoor aquaponics system. I decided to cover the hole with dirt and now pearl lite.

So I hope you enjoyed this video on cloning. Visit out facebook fan page at HD Aquaponics. Visit our website at www.hdaquaponics.com

 

Okay so I wanted to do a little update on the corn. The one in front you can see it’s doing alright. The older leaves are starting to turn brown, I don’t know if that’s normal or not. You can see it on this one and this one here. This corn back here doesn’t look too bad… look at this pea pod plant, it’s just getting so big. I suspect in about week it wont have any place to go. You can see the pea pod here, I ate one earlier.

 

So I haven’t had very good luck with my tomato plants, it might still be just a little too cold around here for them. I think an ideal temperature would be a little warmer than it is now. We’re going to actually take some clones from some of the tomato plants that doing okay. You can see a little succor growing out of the side of the tomato plant, and that’s actually going to be my clone. I’m going to get my supplies and we’re going to talk about cloning. After choosing my succor to make my clone, ideally I would have let the succor get a little bigger but that’s alright. We’re going to try some rooting hormone or rooting agent and place it in a soilpod. I grab the base of the succor and snap it off, as you can see if come off very easily. Lets move over to the table and we’ll get started on the next step. So these are going to be the things we need to clone the succor: the soilpod that the succor will sit in, our razor knife to cut our 45 degree line, and some rooting hormone we picked up from home depot for about six bucks. So the first thing I did was clean my blade with some rubbing alcohol to help stop any disease spread. As you can see I cut the stem at a 45 degree angle to increase the surface area to help promote root growth. So I have my bottle of rooting hormone and I’m just going to dip the cut end of my tomato clone into the rooting hormone. Now I’ll just take the clone and place it into a soilpod and cover the hole with a little Pearl-lite. Next I will water the plant really well and give it a treatment of seaweed extract and move it under the grow lights.

 

So this next clone we’ll be using is a purple Cherokee tomato, I cut the end at 45 degrees like the last one. I don’t know if this branch will be ideal but I’m still going to use it. What is cool about aquaponics cloning is that you don’t need any thing special, no rooting agent, just place the clone directly into the grow media of the aquaponics bed. So the system will drain supplying oxygen to the roots, then the aquaponics beds will fill and provide water a nutrients to the roots. So this look to be about as good a place as any so we’ll just dig a hole into our ¾ inch grow media. We’ll plant the clone down far enough for the water to reach the clone stem. Do not use rooting hormone in your aquaponics system as it might be toxic to your fish. The plant or clone, might look like it’s dying but if it makes it through, the plant will come back. This is a succor that we planted a few weeks ago and as you can see we have roots growing already. This clone will be its own tomato plant.

 

So as you can see I have this clone packed into a soilpod, under the grow lights of the indoor aquaponics system. I decided to cover the hole with dirt and now pearl lite.

 

So I hope you enjoyed this video on cloning. Visit out facebook fan page at HD Aquaponics. Visit our website at www.hdaquaponics.com

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