Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I'm bored and waiting to watch the Donkeys. I'm cloning a skunk-cross male I have, so I thought I'd take a pic or 2 to show what I do. I'm a small time grower, so only need a clone here or there. Planning on keeping this cut around as a dad. My main problem in rooting cuts in the past has been stem rust/stem being digested under the soil line, so that is how my method is tailored now. Everybody seems to have a little bit different method, so whatever works, eh?
I take a Rapid Rooter cube and soak it in water. My RR cubes are completely dry. I take a cut after I put the cube to soak. After I cut the clone, I cut it at 45* under a node, then pull down on the leaves right by the base (to expose the inner flesh), then I trim the first set of leaves. I soak this 'finished' cut for about 30 min -1 hour in spring water from a bottle. Pretty standard to this point.
After soaking the cut and the cube, I 'expand' the hole in the cube with a bamboo chopstick, then insert my prepared cut. I do not use any hormones or additives besides water. I took this picture to show how I trim a cut for rooting. IMO, too many people who have trouble with cuts drying out leave way, way too many leaves on the cuts. From what I've witnessed, the fewer the leaves on a cut the less it tries to grow without roots and the quicker it gets to growing-out roots.
If you notice, I tear off a small piece of the corner of the cube and stuff it down the hole to better secure the cut and to better block light from getting down in the hole.
After the cut is in the cube, I put it in a glass and into my veg room. I guess I do use a dome of sorts, but it is not to really keep any humidity in. It is just to keep the direct fan blown air off the cut. There is very sufficient
air movement in my veg closet, so I use this as a wind block and as a light blocker. This container is actually just the bottom of a spinach package you would buy from the grocery store. I use the label to block the direct light, and the package itself to block some air movement, for about the first 3-4 days. In my past, if I'm gonna lose a cut, I'm gonna lose it in the first 3 days. If I make it past there, I pretty much am guaranteed root nubs in another 7 or so days.
I'll try to take a pic of when I check for nubs. If I see nubs/tiny roots I plant the clone in some soil. I am trying to avoid planting the clone with the RR cube still around the roots. I'm cheap and don't want to buy anymore, so I'm trying to reuse them. Plus, I'm just not sure WTF they are made from