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snow?! Also happy birthday matt! 

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  Has anyone else used this "Pennington Ultragreen Plant Starter (with B1)" to encourage rapid and strong root development? It contains vitamin B1 and chelated trace elements iron, manganese, and zinc, which are essential for healthy root development in clone cuttings. A little goes a long way. I've been able to pot clones after 3 weeks with healthy root systems established. I prepare 1 ounce per gallon of water and then water the cloning rooting media (2 parts container mix: 1 part perlite), and then I squeeze out as much water as I can before using to root the cuttings. Don't forget the IBA rooting hormone dip. 

These young clones are thriving by the rosemary cuttings, which btw are only a month old themselves.

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@guywithtrees great photo. You can even see the fly that is resting on the leaf. Healthy looking tree.

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@will If you're ever near Daytona come and get an extra trumpet flower. I have lots of extra clones. I'll trade you for something extra that you may have too many of.

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Here is yet another technique to clone around with. Individually tented or greenhoused clones. This has the great advantage of limiting fungal infections spreading. If a clone cutting has a problem. Then it can be isolated and removed from the other clones, stopping a fungal apocalypse from getting all of your cuttings. Its good for just making one or two clones as well. 

NEEDED:   One branch, razor, 'Rootone' rooting hormone, solo cup, clear soft drink cup, 2:1 container rooting mix:perlite, label, and marker. The marker doubles as a dibbler.  Put holes in the bottom of the solo cup for drainage.

Fill with 2:1 mix that WAS wet, but squeezed out to be only damp. Poke hole (dibble) center of mix down to the bottom of the cup.

  Trim the clone cutting to leave 2 nodes. One node on the bottom end will have all leaves trimmed back to the stalk. That is wetted and dipped deeply into rooting hormone for a thick coating. It is put in the dribbled hole, gently but firmly pushing the rooting mix around the buried stem. The other above soil node will have a leaf or two, trimmed back to be less than 1 square inch in area. Refer to photos. This is to reduce transpiration/evaporation losses while it is growing new roots.

  Ensure that the rooting mix is firmly snuggled around the stem, avoiding air pockets around the stem. Keep it centered so that the leaves, or rather what is left of them, won't touch the clear plastic cup that will cover the lower solo cup. That will reduce the chances of rot from a wet leaf being against a plastic cup.

  Label the rig, and snap the clear top cup over the lower red solo cup.  Mine fit perfectly and snap together, but yours may need a piece of duct tape or something to keep a tight seal. You don't want moisture getting out at this point. They love 100% relative humidity and warm feet, to encourage rapid root development. 

                Voila. There it is. 

   One solo solo cup, with it's own dedicated mini greenhouse over it. Keep it in indirect light, and warm, for 4~6 weeks, or until you see roots growing out of the drainage holes in the solo cup. 

  The leaves will usually begin to grow again once the roots are established.

  I like to let them root under the shade of another plant. such as this blooming Turmeric. Check the moisture occasionally by feeling the weight of the cup. If it starts to feel light, water as needed. Never let them dry out or else they will likely die 😪 

   Good luck, and GO KRATOM!!

  Meet "KRATOM", my support dog 🐕

Good luck and success to all kratom growers. Its an amazing plant indeed!

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@will Thank you. It's a labor of love to care for a few acres of hydroponic and organic food. 

  Citrus like key limes, Grapefruit, lemons, tangelos,  blood oranges, limequats, mangos, papaya, pears, apples, carambola (star fruits),  florida cherry, soursop,  peaches, and even olives (olive is the new orange 😇).

  As far as medicinal plants. I tend herbs, cacti, fungi, tubers. bulbs, etc. I love growing my own kratom potentiators such as turmeric, grapefruit, betel, and kava. I also love the beauty of other medicinal gems like San Pedro cacti, Salvia, Hawaiian Baby Wood Rose,  Angel Trumpets, and Morning Glories, when blooming. Lots of ferns too.

   Its wonderful to be able to add kratom to the list. I'm trying to propagate a few dozen clones for a clear section that was dead orange trees.  They grow as fast or faster than weeds. These are only 3 months old (out of solo cups).

 I hope to be able to grow it in sufficient quantities ( for my personal use) LOL

If you're ever in the neighborhood. stop on by & visit.

  I'm cleaning out the summer hydro grow this upcoming month. You're invited to help. Its a lot of work to love too.

  Just PM me first.  Maybe I can visit your growing paradise too. I sometimes travel to southern Florida. I'm curious as to what you have growing there. I've heard good things. Very good things.😀

  Be blessed.....Peter 

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  First we chip dogs and cats. Then trees and things. I hope that we don't start chipping people.  It's a great technology as long as it's not abused.  That poor little tree may not like it's privacy violated, but until you ask it, you'll never know. It may even have secrets to keep from the nosey bees and moths. Lol