Made a Dwc cloner instead of aeroponic cloner

Made a dwc cloner and I'm only using ro water I saw a couple videos saying I don't need any solution but in other videos I see that I do does anyone have experience with this ?
 

DreHaze

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I have the most success just dipping clone in a rooting powder and using regular tap water which has a ph of around 7.50. I get roots after 9-11 days.
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Johiem

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Direct experience, no. Documented side by side? Yes.
It can be done with just water, the rooting hormones (gel, powder, solutions...) increase the chances of successful rooting. You can also expect it to take 2 1/2 -3 weeks rather than 10 days
 

myke

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The beauty of it is they still look good even if it takes 3 weeks. Some of my strains root within 10 days but some can take 3 weeks. If I need to speed it up after 10 days in the cloner they’ll root in 3 days if you put them in rockwool with hormones.
 
Great info , also are the cuttings supposes to be submerged in the water , barely touching the water or on top of the water ?
 

JSB99

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Made a dwc cloner and I'm only using ro water I saw a couple videos saying I don't need any solution but in other videos I see that I do does anyone have experience with this ?
Correct, dont add nutrients, dont bother balancing the pH, and use a dim light, like a single CFL at around 2k to 4k lumens. Once the taproots are established, add nutes (around 150ppm), balance the pH, and start bringing your light closer. Every few days, dump the reservoir, give it a quick scrubbing, then refill and continue. If not, you can end up dealing with root rot from the get go.
 

JSB99

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I try to keep the tips right at water level or up just a hair.
The bubbles popping on the surface creates a mist that keeps the cuttings wet. You can have them in the water a bit, or even have the water a couple inches below the tips. Really shouldn't make a difference.
 

Johiem

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The bubbles popping on the surface creates a mist that keeps the cuttings wet. You can have them in the water a bit, or even have the water a couple inches below the tips. Really shouldn't make a difference.
I started mine an inch below the roots, has done great both times out, despite what the naysayers were screaming at me.
 

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Star Dog

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I use just tap water, If you put a bit of the stem in the water it stops any wilting.
I've had stems turn to mush submerged but not with just the bubble spray hitting them.
I see a lot of changing the water regulator I don't find that necessary.
 
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