Cloning in an Octopot Grow System
Cutting to Harvest in One Pot
Plant roots in traditional cloners
One of the consequences of current cloning production techniques is that plant cuttings fail to develop taproots.
- Taproots form naturally on seedlings, part of the reason seedling plants grow stronger than typical cutting plants
- Taproots anchor and grow more aggressively than normal cutting roots
- During traditional cloning in both hydroponic and soil systems many root primordia form on a cutting and compete for food and water
These roots typically stay the same size, are fibrous and massed, and spread around the container equally to fill the space.
´The unique design of the Octopot Grow System with two distinct growing environments led to this experiment. An Octopot Grow System has both a soil environment and a hydroponic environment where roots grow. The two growing environments are connected together by a Hydro Wick Platform. This design allows plants growing in soil to be constantly and consistently hydrated.