Built a 5 gallon bucket version. Used it once. It worked for grapes, not for mulberries. I think it was user error. Will be using it again.
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I have one purring away now, full of haskaps, blueberries and saskatoons. All good signs so far, one week in. Seeing as they're rooted in near-sterile clean water, they're miles and miles away from having a living root community, so that must be your focus in the first potting-up. It's obviously miles away from the strength and vigour of seedlings, but very quick. In cases where transplanting will be a part of the game anyway (say, in a nursery) it seems like the most accessible and successful method after hardwood cuttings.
One important detail is that the misters consume about 20-30 gph each. A full-sized rubbermaid tote model should be equipped with a 350+ gph motor, to be plenty safe.
Let no one accuse the pot growers of being unresourceful. If every hydroponic shop in the land carries the parts to build these things, you can be DAMN sure they work.
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posted 5 years ago
i have built a few of these, and they all seem to work ok, as long as the water temps stay down.
i have built a 5g version, a 20g version and a 27g version.
all were built using a small/cheap aquarium pump, 1/2 pvc and 360* misters. i ran the cloner for 1 min on, 4 mins off, with one of these timers i used a bit of nutrient in the totes to get the clones going as i didnt have much luck with (my) water alone. i also noticed that if i just let the water run i wouldnt get as many roots. i was told it had to do with the water temps, and the problem went away once i added the timer.
like Derick mentioned, most of the parts (misters and neoprene holders) can be found at local hydro shops.
hope this helps.
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