Cloning is a blessing if done right and a curse if not administered properly. Plant cloning may seem to be an exciting job to those who can do it with the required knowledge and the appropriate machine. Our experiences of using these machines aren’t unmixed. After a series of failed clones, mostly due to the faulty/wrong tool, we started a serious quest to find the right cloning machine, and the Drillly team is here today with the ultimate guide to the most capable sets of cloning machines that deliver satisfaction (a healthy, successful clone).
There’re reasons why a cloning machine is all you need for cloning purposes. So, let’s learn the benefits of a cloning unit, and then move on to the other factors to find the perfect cloning machine that offers maximum bang for your buck.
Our Tested and Reviewed Best Cloning Machine
01 CLONE KING 36 Site Aeroponic Cloning Machine (Editor’s Choice)
Why Did We Choose This as Our Top Pick?
- While testing almost 20 different cloning machines for over a 4-month period, we found that only the CLONE KING was able to provide the best result we were expecting with a 100% success rate. This 36 site cloning machine utilized the aeroponic cloning method for producing healthy, strong clones
- This highly effective and easily usable cloning machine falls in a very affordable price range. This mid ranged cloner impressed us with its affordability too
- We also found that this cloner was suitable for all weather conditions. It performed well equally in dry and cold climates and we got the rooted transplants within 4-7 days when tested
The Clone King 36 is our top 10 cloning machine picks because of its simplicity, durability and consistent 100% success rate. It is easy to use has successes every time you use it.
The machine is straightforward to get set up and running even the novice should not battle getting the machine working. The Clone King 36 creates explosive roots, and the plant is ready for replanting your system at around 4 to 10 weeks
It is an adaptable hydroponic system that works in nearly every environment. It can be used for almost any plant, vegetable, and herb. As far a good buy goes this is a cloning machine that is hard to beat at both quality and price.
It is an excellent addition to the cloning room for experienced cloners who understand the intricate dynamics of cloning. But it can also be a good system for the novice to try and push their gardening knowledge that much further. While it is not too challenging you will get to know the bits and what they are used for as you set up your system.
Within 3 to 4 weeks you will see roots pushing through. By approximately ten weeks the plants should ready for transplanting. This system has quite a good-sized bucket which helps with the maintaining of the system and offers the plants more room to grow.
The product also only weighs 5 lbs. Making it is easier to carry and transport even with water in it.
- No of Site: 36
- Spray Heads: 13
- Dimensions: 13.8 x 13.8 x 12.5 inches
- Weight: 5 lbs.
- Material: hard plastic
- Package: 1 x Reservoir, 1 x Spray Manifold, 1 x Submersible Pump, 1 x plastic top with 32 pre-cut holes, 24 x Neoprene Inserts and spares
- Easy to set up
- 100% success rate
- Extra inserts
- Spray nozzle may clog up
- Hard-to-clean reservoir
The Clone King products are of good quality, built to last long, and are easy to setup and use. There is no reason not to like this cloner as it is a nice manageable size, comes with the extra kit; the parts are readily available in store or online.
It is an excellent kit for the novice cloning gardener to start trying their hand at replicating their favorite prized plants. As with most of the Clone, King products have superior spray heads that have an unmatched spraying method.
02 Hydrofarm oxyCLONE 20 Site
Why Is It Our Runner-Up Pick?
This is another great choice that could easily be our Top Pick if it had more sites to clone more plants. It’s cheaper and can produce healthy clones every time you will use it. Although this plant cloner has no humidity dome and water mister, you can still give it a try for regular use.
Oxyclone is a recirculating cloning system that uses the Active Aqua Premium water and air pumps. These pumps are all FDA food safe approved as well as BPA-free. The pump continually causes friction in the water for the valve (Venturi valve) to be able to draw in air bubbles. The pump draws oxygen through a circular 4″ diffuser and is one of the only cloners to deliver dissolved oxygen to the plants.
Hydrofarm is the leading manufacturer in hydroponics in the United States, and it is also the oldest. They supply only the highest grade of materials and equipment ensuring all their products are tested, natural, and environmentally friendly.
The plastic reservoir along with its lid are FDA approved as food safe and BPA-free.
The system offers healthier roots due to its unique evaporating cooling system that keeps the temperature regulated.
The Active Aqua pump allows for maximum aeration of dissolved oxygen for faster growing and healthier plant roots.
The site inserts are made from EVA foam which is non-toxic, is no-pinch as well as bacteria and fungal resistant. They are gentle but still hold the cutting firmly and can be used over and over again.
The oxyClone system is one of the best products on the market and is an excellent product for the intermediate to experienced cloning gardener. Although they offer user-friendly step by step guides with all their products beginners should look at the smaller system with fewer sites.
The cloning machine stands only 6 inches high and does not take up much space which makes it a great home cloning machine.
- No of Site: 20
- Material: BPA-free plastic
- Dimensions: 13.8 x 10.8 x 6.5
- Weight: 5 lbs
- Package:: 1 x BPA-free plastic reservoir + Lid, 1 x Circular 4 air diffuser, 1 x Active Aqua premium air pump, 1 x Top with 20 pre-cut holes, 20 x OxyCERTS inserts
- FDA approved food safe
- Inserts made from non-toxic EVA foam
- Effective aerating system
- No lid
- Not enough air stones to aerate water
Be sure to pick up another air stone when buying this product as it will need it. The water pump may also have to be swapped out as there have been some reports of it heating the water.
But for the price of this system, it is one of the best value for money machines on the market. It is also suitable for the use of the novice through to the more experienced.
03 Clone Bucket 8 Black Edition Aeroponic Plant Cloner
Why Did We Think It Suited Colder Climates Well?
Clone Bucket 8 site plant cloner is another effective and easy-to-use plant cloner which we found as the best option for colder climates. Its suitable for colder climates because the water temperature must be kept below 80F for producing transplants with this machine and it’s optimum temperature is 70F-75F.
We noticed that its efficiency was much better in the cold weather when compared to the other plant cloners on our list, allowing us to declare it as the best choice for colder climates.
This may be only an 8-site system, but it has a nice sized 2-gallon bucket that controls algae growth that is known to plague some water systems. The larger bucket on this system also makes it a lot easier to maintain and work on the plants. It could ideally also have room for expansion.
Most Aeroponic machines tend to like the colder climates. The Clone Bucket 8 Black edition is no exception to this. For optimum performance from this machine, it is best to maintain the temperature at around 70 to 75 degrees F.
The bucket is made out of sturdy, durable plastic along with its lid stops the growth of algae. It is a good quality cloning system that has a high success rate and is not too pricey.
It is a simple, easy to use system with helpful instructions and user manual that will guide you step by step. As such you should be able to have your plant cloning system up and running within 30 minutes or so.
For the experienced plant cloning gardener, this would be a quick and easy project for those few plants you may want to clone. For the beginner cloning gardener, this is one of the best systems you could but to start with. The bucket is an excellent size making it easy to work with and maintain. There are not too many sites to have to oversee, and the success rate is high.
It is environmentally friendly, 100% organic and does not require any chemicals or hormones.
- No of Site: 8
- Material: Plastic
- Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 inches
- Weight: 4 lbs.
- Package: 1 x Vita Grow Nutrients, 1 x Rooting Compound, 1 x Top with 8 pre-cut holes, 8 x Neoprene 2” Inserts, 1 x 171 GPH Pump with built-in pre-filter, 1 x 2.0-gallon bucket
- Easy setup
- Well designed & easy-to-maintain bucket
- Fast plant growth with good consistent results
- Inconsistency with the standard collar size
This is a cloning system that is ideal for the beginner cloning gardener. The entire system is quick and easy to set up and get started with. The eight sites are far easier to manage than one with more locations is. It also comes with a sample of Vita Grow Nutrients and Rooting compound which gets the plants growing with ease. All this allows for greater success and is a good confidence booster for new gardeners.
04 TurboKlone T24D Cloning System
Why Did We Think It Suited Dryer Climates Well?
We chose the TurboKlone T24D as the best choice for dryer climate because this system has a humidity dome which ensures that the cuttings are safely protected from being dry out. Any gardener knows that rooting clones require a transparent covering so as to retain humidity in hot and dry climates. Its humidity dome was exactly made for that purpose.
Also, we bought the coverings separately for other plant cloning systems and compared their outputs with this product. But none of those systems were able to offer as many advantages within the same price range as this system.
Most cloning machines work better in the colder climates, but this TurboKlone T24D is more for the hotter dryer climates. The humidity lid on this system helps the cuttings to recuperate after being transplanted.
The patented TurboKlone fan system is designed to prevent overheating and to keep the system fresh. It has a submersible pump and manifold which ensure the plants are getting oxygenated and nutrients. The fine continuous fine spray keeps the plants moist and healthy.
The system is made from strong, durable plastic that is designed for easy cleaning and care. You may use some accessories such as the reservoir and filters to prevent clogging from various plant debris.
This is a well-priced system for the intermediate to experienced cloning gardener. It comes with an arguably 100% plant cloning success rate. It sleek rounded corner design allows for easy maintenance and prevents bacteria build up.
The humidity dome is specifically designed for the dry to arid environment or plants that thrive in these conditions. The humidity dome when sealed helps to mimic tropic-like conditions so the plants can grow in their natural habitat.
The system does not come with a water heater so if one is required it will have to be bought separately. These can be ordered online and most cloning machine pumps should fit the system. You may get help from its starter guide that makes it easy for potential buyers how this is going to work for them.
Check the pump on this system and ensure it is working correctly. Before buying the cloning machine, check the product’s warranty and what it covers. This is important in case the pump fails and needs to be replaced.
- No of Site: 24 Site Aeroponic cloning system
- Material: Plastic
- Dimensions: 18 x 10 x 14 inches
- Weight: 7.9 lbs.
- Sleek design
- Great success rate
- Healthy cloned plants replantable in 10 days
- Removable humidity dome
- No water heater
As far as value for money goes, this is a good cloning machine for sale that is not too hard to use! It can be used by both the novice and the more experienced gardener.
Like the T48 and the Elite 144, it also has the patented TurboKlone fan system that not only benefits the tank but also fits neatly without any dangling chords.
The bucket is made so it is easy to maintain and release the plants. This system was designed for a dryer climate.
05 Indoor 7 Site Plant Cloning Machine by Fast Roots Cloners
Why Is It Our Budget Choice?
The reason was quite obvious – this 7 site plant cloner was cheapest of all the products we tested. However, it also had many other benefits. It actually earned the highest mark from our testing team for its superior performance compared to all other low cost products we picked for testing. This was possible because instead of spraying, it nicely mists the stem – the key to ensuring a better success rate.
This indoor seven sites Aeroponic cloning machine is the great starter system. Indoor 7 Site Plant Cloning Machine is especially easy to use and does not take to long to get it up and running. It is the perfect project to assign to the kids. Also, it will teach them about cuttings, transplanting, plant cloning, and other relevant factors like how temperature affects rooting of plant cuttings.
It is very well priced for a quality product and will grow perfect specimens with a considerable success rate. The ease of use will ensure that your project is up and running within 30 minutes or so. The kit comes fully equipped with everything needed to start your hydroponic type garden.
The system is versatile enough to allow the cloning of different plant types, but it is always best to find out exactly which plants should not be growing in the system.
The system is fast growing and reliable with plants showing their roots by the 3 to 4 weeks. They are ready at between 8 to 10 weeks depending on the plant. At this time it is safe to move them to their more permanent homes.
They take 120 volts of electricity to run and come with the American style adapter attached to them. Always read the manual of the product first before attempting to use it. Getting to know the machine and what all its buttons do will help you become familiar with it a lot quicker.
When buying this machine check the pump and make sure it is working. Also, make sure you have a warranty in case anything goes wrong with the product.
- No of Site: 7
- Dimensions: 8” x 8” x 9”
- Weight 1.6 lbs.
- Package: 1 x Reservoir, 1 x Air Pump, 1 x Top with 24 pre-cut holes, 7 x Inserts., 1 x Humidity dome lid
- Good value for money
- Easy to set up
- Fast plant growth with good results
- Humidity dome lid
- The pump didn’t last long in some cases
This cheap cloning machine is a good value for its price. You are getting a compact cloning propagator that will give many successful grows if used correctly. There have been some concerns over the products pump, so it is advisable to ensure you have a warranty. All in all, this is a perfect pump for the beginner plant cloner to learn with.
Its compact design does not take up a lot of space. It is ideal for people living in apartments that have rooftop or balcony gardens.
06 CLONE KING 25 Site Aeroponic Cloning Machine
With the Clone King 25, the plants are continuously sprayed with a highly oxygenated mist. This ensures fast growth rate of the cloned plants and most come out a lot better than the originals versions.
Roots from cuttings growing in this system start to show at around 5 to 7 days with the plant ready to be replanted in 14 days or so. The plants once replanted will do well in the soil they may seem a flat to start with, but they are just getting used to their new home.
The Clone King 25 comes with 25 sites, a pump, mist sprayers and a humidity dome that does not necessarily need to be used. Especially in colder climates controlling the temperature around the plants is the main task. This is done through the temperature/room temperature control.
This system is a standard cloning system that is great for the use of the intermediate level cloning gardener through to the expert level. As it is a secure system to use and maintain aspiring cloning gardeners can also give it a try. It is quite a large system with 25 sites that have to be looked after.
This plant cloner is well worth the money and will give you excellent cloning success. CLONE KING 25 is easily adjustable and adapts to most surroundings. It comes with extra fillers and spares as well as all the nutrients and products to get your system fully operational in around 30 to 40 minutes. It means your cloning success may still be attained if you aren’t sure of the nutrition for the mother plants.
- No of Site: 25
- Spray Heads: 13
- Material: Plastic
- Dimensions: 13.8 x 13.8 x 12.5
- Weight: 5 lbs.
- Package: 1 x Reservoir, 1 x Spray Manifold 317GPH, 1 x Submersible Pump, 1 x Top with 25 pre-cut holes, 25 x Neoprene Inserts
- Easy to set system up
- Fast plant growth with excellent results
- Inclined spray nozzles could clog up
Clone King make excellent cloning products that are entirely organic, hormone and chemically free. Their cloning machines all offer a 100% cloning success rate if used correctly. They have easy to follow instruction manuals and quite a good support team.
This product is designed so that both the novice cloning gardener and the more advanced cloning gardener can use it. Clone Kings products also come with a spare kit and a good spray system that is among the best.
07 Viagrow 602573081938 Clone Machine
The Viagrow has 24 sites that come with bright multi-colored neoprene collars. The different colors help you keep track of your plants. All the products such as the misters, pumps, manifolds are pre-tested to ensure they conform to the no-clog operational standards.
The system has a UL clone pump that has an internal filter to stop the system clogging. It comes with two additional misters and neoprene collars as well as a clone solution and Clonex cloning gel.
With its ambient air temperature, the systems temperature control is well managed to keep it consistent at 65 to 75 degrees F. The misters operate at 360 degrees enhancing the Clonex and Clonex gel nourishing the cuttings. The cutting should be dipped into the Clonex gel before being placed in the filler while the Clonex solutions should be mixed into the system reservoir.
Within 3 to 4 weeks the plant will sprout roots and should be ready to be replanted in around 10 to 14 weeks. The plants can then be planted into the soil or where ever they have been assigned to go.
The system works best when paired with the ViaVolt T5 HO grow lighting fixtures. These should be mounted just above the cloning system to reap the full benefits of cloning.
This is a very good machine as it is associated with fast and efficient grow rates with a very high success rate that will take your plants to the next level. It can be used from beginners to expert with ease. The system is simple to get working and can be up and running within 30 to 40 minutes.
- No of Site: 24
- Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.5 x 9.2
- Weight: 5.1 lbs.
- Package: 1 x Reservoir, 1 x Spray Manifold, 1 x Submersible Clone pump with filter, 1 x Top with 24 pre-cut holes, 25 x Multi-colored Neoprene Inserts., 1 x Clonex gel, 1 x Clones solution
- Compact design
- Easy to set up and use
- High success rate
- A bit expensive
- Too small neoprene inserts for site holes
It is a good pump, but there are mixed opinions and few states that the machine is too pricey for what you are getting. But it does work, and it works well also giving consistent success rates. The plants grow fast and within two weeks are ready to be transplanted.
This is a good system for the starter cloning gardener as the kit comes with everything needed to get the plants growing. And they will become well with the Clonex Gel that comes with it.
08 TurboKlone T24 747400 Cloning System
The TuboKlone system has a superior patented fan system that helps to keep the temperature moderated. The fan unit works by providing oxygen to the plants in the cloning machine and keeps the chamber cool by circulating cool air through it.
The machine itself is innovatively designed with round corners rather than angles. This ensures that the system can get thoroughly cleaned. This helps in combating algae, and other bacteria build up within the system.
This innovative 24 site system gives superior plant growing quality with a very high cloning success rate if you know how to clone plants. It fits the profile for both that of the new cloning gardener and the more experienced one. It is adaptable to most surroundings and easy to adjust. Made of durable plastic, it is robust and built to last giving crop after crop of beautiful plants.
The system comes with the full kit of 24 neoprene inserts, fan, pump, and nutrients. Everything you need to complete your system in a sleek, streamlined growing box that has multiple jets sprays that continuously keep the cutting moist to ensure their health.
Roots will burst through in 3 to 4 weeks after the cuttings have been transplanted into the inserts. After 10 to 14 weeks, the roots will have more branches on them. This shows that they are ready to be transplanted permanently. The roots are usually a bright white. This means that they are healthy.
Plants with a healthy, developed root system can be planted into any soil after they have been in the cloning machine.
- No of Site: 24
- Dimensions: 18 x 10 x 18 inches
- Weight: 6 lbs.
- Package: 1 x Reservoir, 1 x Spray Manifold, 1 x Submersible Pump, 1 x Top with 24 pre-cut holes, 24 x Neoprene Inserts
- Easy to use
- Strong and durable
- Fast plant growth
- There can be a few problems with second use where the success rate is not consistent
- It can leak and be quite messy when opened or being cleaned
This is a well-priced, easy to maintain, setup and use cloning machine. TurboKlone T24 offers great value for money with a good-sized tank and number of sites. It could be used from novice through to expert level gardener. It also looks good with its sleek cone-shaped design that allows for maximum plant growth with minimal shelf space requirements. The single fan that comes with the system prevents to pump for overheating.
09 CLONE KING 64 Site Aeroponic Cloning Machine
The Clone King 64 Site Aeroponic Cloning Machine Cloner Expert gets high ratings. The machine is easy to set up, use and comes with everything needed plus spare kit.
The well laid out spray heads give excellent coverage for a large system. As the system is 100% organic, it does not need nor does it come with any harmful chemicals. There are also no hormones and no need for them.
The detailed instructions are well laid out and easy to follow. This allows for a fast cloning process that yields a consistent 100% success rate.
If you have a large plant crop to replicate this is a system that is well worth getting.
The plants get sprayed with Aeroponic Highly-Oxygenated mist. Continuous spraying of the mist causes friction on the plant’s stem. This is what instigates rooting hormone production. Within 3 to 5 days the cuttings will start to sprout roots.
In a mere 10 to 14 days, depending on the type of plant, the cloned plant is ready for replanting.
The product is made of strong, durable plastic and the inserts are neoprene. The inserts come in various colors and two sets of 64 neoprene disks. The products and parts are available with order options from in-store or online.
The ease of use makes it a good choice for both the intermediate and advanced cloning gardeners. It is also easy enough for the novice plant cloning gardener to have a go with. This product is sure to surprise you and gives you excellent results.
- No of Site: 64
- Spray heads: 25
- Dimensions: 18 x 16 x 18
- Weight: 14 lbs.
- Package: 1 x 18 by 18 by 15 Reservoir, 1 x Spray Manifold that has 25 spray heads for misting, 1 x 528gph ViaAqual 306 Submersible Pump, 1 x ½ inch Top with 64 pre-cut holes, 128 x ½ inch Thick Neoprene Inserts with a 1.69-inch diameter
- Easy to set up
- Easy to use
- Excellent results
- Spray nozzles tend to clog up
- No lid
The Clone King 64 may be a bit big, but it gives results. Depending on what is growing it has a ten-day turnaround time to transplant. The machine does exactly what it promises to do and yields a high success rate. It is a good, reliable system that works and is not complicated. The pump is sound, and the spray is at a good working level to reach the plants.
10 Clone Bucket 1.0 SM 8 Site Aeroponic Plant Cloner
The eight sites Aeroponic plant cloner has a 1-gallon bucket that controls the growth and algae and other harmful bacteria.
It comes with a 97 GPH pump that has filters built into it. The filter keeps the pump from clogging up. It also comes with eight neoprene inserts for the cuttings as well as samples of Vita Grow Rooting compound.
This bucket is quite small so do not get fooled by its pictures. If you have a look at the dimensions as listed below you will see how big it is. The bucket may be small, but it is quite mighty as it is made to last with durable plastics. There are bigger sizes in this series, but for a beginner, this is all you are going to need to start.
A more experienced cloning gardener may find the small bucked frustrating and little too small. If you want this design, you should rather have a look for its bigger counterpart as that will both increase the site and bucket size.
Before buying the cloning, machine there are a few things you should check for. Such as the user manual I know a lot of people do not read the user manual, but it is something that should understand. It contains a lot of valuable information that you need to know about your machine.
There are a lot of very positive reviews about this cloning machine, and it is well worth giving it a try.
- No of Site: 8
- Material: Plastic
- Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 8 inches
- Weight: 1.75 lbs.
- Package: 1 x 1-gallon bucket + lid, 1 x Vita Grow sample, 1 x Spray Manifold, 1 x Submersible Pump, 1 x Top with eight pre-cut holes, 8 x Neoprene Inserts each 1 5/8 inches wide
- Easy to set up and use
- Fast plant growth
- High success rate
- Small and compact
- Some users found no user manual in the package
This is not a big system, and in fact, it is rather tiny compared to other cloning machines. But it is ideal for the first-time clone as it will teach you a lot about cloning with the minimal of plants to clone. It is also easy to set up, maintain although it is a bit of pain when it comes to releasing the plants for transplanting. You have to be very careful when doing this as not to damage the plant.
The bucket size is quite small, and there is not a lot of room to work in.
Why Use a Cloning Machine?
Cloning machines help you with the production of your plants’ successful genetic replicas. They come in a few varied shapes, sizes, bands and site slots but work in the same way. For the various methods of cloning, are two basic machine choice types the Ebb and Flow (EAF) or the Deep-Water Culture (DWC) systems. These gardening tools show a few similarities to that of a hydroponic system. They come with aeroponic spray nozzles, pumps, and a nutrient mixture.
There are holes on the top of the container which have hard or soft inserts in them made of neoprene. These represent the “cloning sites” where you place the plant cuttings in.
Once operational the cloning process involves less labor and time. It also affords a 100% success rate more often than not. In comparison, the standard process takes twice as long! And the success rate is not as high due to the delicate environment.
Are There Any Disadvantages?
1. Reduced genetic diversity
Cloning adversely affects genetic variety. It helps produce the same plant species with the same sets of characteristics in large quantities but this results in a lack of genetic diversity.
Each plant has its own tolerance level towards environmental changes and diseases. Cloned plants do not do well against these challenges and the whole produce may wipe out if a single plant is affected.
2. Poor biodiversity
Plant cloning may help tackle problems caused by deforestation. But a rich biodiversity is essential for nature to thrive and cloning may actually trigger poor biodiversity.
3. Commercialization of food
Extensive plan cloning may help with food shortage in poor countries but there is no doubt that rich nations will have more control over food reserves that may have a global impact.
How to Use a Cloning Machine?
1. Machine Setup
The tank needs to have water added to it when you do be careful not to exceed the water level limit. Attach the tanks mister, and its pump then combines the nutrient mix. The misters need to cover the whole of the lid. Water temperature for the cloning machine should be from 18 to 20 degrees Celsius (64 to 68 degrees F).
2. The Cloning Environment
The humidity in the plant cloner needs to be about 70 to 80 percent for the machine to perform at its best. You will have to use a dome (most machines come with one) or need misting if the humidity is less than 60 percent.
Check the pump does not overheat to better maintain the nutrient mix at 20 degrees C (68 degrees F) for best results.
3. Cutting Transplanting
Take cuttings from the plant(s) that you want to replicate. Make sure the cuttings are big enough to be able to place into the neoprene fillers. At least two inches of the cuttings stem should stick out of the filler. This will make sure that the mister can mist the required parts.
4. Looking after the Cuttings
At first, the cuttings may seem to be a bit droopy. There is no need for alarm as this is natural as they will need to adjust to no longer having roots. Give them two or three days, and their roots should start to grow. Healthy roots are bright white and grey suggesting that the environment might be too hot. Healthy roots mean the plant will be ready for transplanting in about ten days.
Best Cloning Machines Buying Guide: Things to Look For
1. Number of Sites
Different brands make and models come with a varied number of cloning sites. The number you choose is a matter of how many plants you want to clone.
For beginners, it best to start with fewer sites until you are more adept at using the cloning machine.
2. Bucket Size
The bucket size gives the system the space to grow the plants in. It also determines the size of the plants you can grow in it. More room in the bucket makes for easier transferring of the plants when they are ready. A bigger bucket is always best to go for and is usually measured in gallons.
3. Active Hydroponics System
There are passive hydroponic systems and active hydroponic systems. The active systems are the better one to go for as they give the best results. It tends to offer a higher growth and success rate due to the pump. The pump is set to pump oxygen and nutrients at set intervals. The active system can also be pricier than the passive system but well worth it.
There are two types of cloning machines as we mentioned above the EAF and DWC.
a) DWC/Deep Water Culture
The DWC (Deep Water Culture) is ideal for the beginner. The tank does not need a pump as it has nutrients stored in it and it is also oxygenated. As such, there is no need to worry about the buildup of algae. The system is easy to set up, run and yields success.
b) EBB & Flow Systems
While the EAF (Ebb and Flow) is ideal for plants that prefer a dry heat and has also known to give excellent results. It also requires the skill of a more advanced cloner user. This a more intense environment to set up and works on a “true hydroponic type system.” It needs a pump and temperature control to achieve results. But the results in this system justify the means as the success rate all but speaks for itself.
5. Expandable Kit
It may be an idea to look into buying expandable cloning kits. they are pricier than the standard ones, but they give room to expand and grow more plants
You don’t have to keep checking for plant debris in the various nozzles and pumps. Check for an easy to maintain machine with reservoirs that are easy to reach and work filters.
Make sure the system is sturdy and durable, not easy to crack and that pump is not prone to leaking.
7. Ease of Use
The system should be easy to use and have a comprehensive easy-to-read instruction manual.
8. Price-to-Quality Ratio
Look for a system that has a decent performance delivery ratio to justify its cost.
9. The Machine’s Success Rate
This is a good reference, and a top cloning machine will have it on the product specifications. This should also list how long the system can maintain root health.
10. Design of the machine
- The shape, size, and weight are essential. It needs to be able to fit the space and be light enough to carry
- How many sites it has, the material of the inserts and their usage
- It must be able to adapt to most environments, have a proper pump and be able to manage the required temperature
- The system must moderate the flow of water and oxygen required to sustain the system
- Machines that are easy to use, clean and maintain are always preferred
- The cloner must be durable and strong as you want it to last, so we always check the build materials
11. How Comprehensive is the System?
- Most cloning systems come with a full kit needed to get started with including a user manual
Tips for Your Cloning Success
When using a cloner no matter whether for marijuana/cannabis cultivation or hard-to-grow plants like artichokes, if you comply with these tips, you are likely to get better gardening as well as better carpentry experience.
Prepare the Machine
Prepare your cloning machine before delving into the cloning steps. Attach the pump and mister after filling up the machine with water.
Make sure that the misters can cover the whole surface area of the lid. You can add some nutrients mixtures in the machine. But that is not necessary as the plants haven’t grown any root.
Keep the System Clean
The cloning system consists of components such as sprayers, base, lid, pump, cloning collars, etc. make sure that these parts are clean and hygienic. You can use hydrogen peroxide, castile soap, or bleach to clean the cloners.
Maintain the pH Balance
Cloning machines work with the help of water. The pH level of water can affect the performance of cloning machines. Try to fill the machine with premium quality water, especially rainwater to maintain the pH balance. The recommended level of pH is 5.5-6.5.
Place the Machine in a Suitable Environment
All your effort will end up in vain if you can’t provide a friendly environment to your plants. Don’t put your cloning machine uncovered in any place where air movement is inevitable due to electric fans, AC, or strong breezes. Young and uprooted plants can’t withstand such environment and may dehydrate or stress.
Also, pay attention to the temperature. 68? is the recommended temperature for healthy cloning. Make sure that the cloning machine is exposed to sufficient humidity. The optimal level of humidity is 75%.
1. How often to clean my plant cloning system?
Ans. We recommend that you clean your system in between every cloning cycle. Besides, if the unit was stored for some time, don’t forget to give it a thorough cleaning before you reuse it.
2. What type of water to use?
Ans. Tap water will do but if your area doesn’t have clean water supply then use distilled or RO (reverse osmosis) water. But remember that RO water may destabilize the pH balance since there are no pH buffers.