Pros and Cons of aeroponic cuttings for growers wishing to learn how to take aeroponic cuttings (aka aeroponic clones) - typically using an aeroponic cloning machine.
So-you're a grower who takes lots of cuttings (aka clones) from your favorite plants. Maybe you've got your technique down using a regular propagator, rooting cubes and rooting gel. Why then would you want to invest a few hundred bucks in an aeroponic cloning machine to do basically the same job?
Aeroponic cloning machines mist your cuttings with a fine spray and provide an ideal rooting environment. No need for humidity domes or rooting media. But is that enough to convince you to invest? Here's a quick overview of the pros and cons of aeroponic propagation:
- Quicker, more vigorous rooting.
- Cleaner, so less chance of disease.
- Less maintenance.
- Reduced risk of drying out or wet / dry stress.
- No need to purchase or prepare growth media.
- More flexibility when you choose to use your cuttings.
- Larger cuttings can be more readily supported in aeroponic cloning machines.
- Aeroponic cuttings tend to be a little hardier as they haven't rooted inside a propagation dome.
- Extra care needs to be taken when transferring to loose fill media.
- Aeroponic cuttings are more sensitive to changes / extremes in temperature.
- Increased start-up costs-unless you fashion your own machine!
- Risk of power-cuts! A few hours of no misting can damage or kill your clones. Consider using a UPS battery back-up if power cuts are common in your area.
- The pump and misters can be a little on the noisy side. Nothing too severe, but your other half is definitely going to kick off if you try sneaking this into the bedroom.