Rapid Rooter is a gardening tool used to root seeds or plant clippings for hydroponic gardens. Hydroponic gardening is done by using water instead of soil as a basis for delivering the needed nutrients for growing plants. Hydroponic gardens are used in areas where soil is limited or poor in quality, in cities with little space and for growing food that needs to be free of bugs and pesticides. Rapid Rooter has the composted organic material and plant-derived polymers needed to start a hydroponic garden. Roots can be formed with a Rapid Rooter tool in as little as ten days.
Things You'll Need
- Rapid Rooter tray
- Heating mat
- Plant seeds or cuttings
- Hydrogen peroxide
Disinfect the scissors with hydrogen peroxide to ensure they are clean. Cut a branch piece off of a plant that you want to clone. You may also collect seeds from plants if you decide to grow by seed rather than from clippings.
Wet the plugs on the tray of the Rapid Rooter completely. Insert the piece of plant branch that was cut into a plug, or place the correct number of seeds into each plug. Make sure to only one cut branch goes into each plug.
Fill the Rapid Rooter tray with 1/4 inch of water. Cover the tray with the cover provided with the Rapid Rooter. Place the tray on a heating mat.
Check each plug daily. Fill the plugs with another 1/4 inch of water as they become dry. Check the bottom of the plugs to see if any healthy roots are growing after one week. It may take up to ten days before the roots are fully developed and ready to be transplanted.
Transplant the roots into a larger hydroponic system or directly into your garden once you are able to see roots showing on all sides of each plug.
Tips & Warnings
- If it is your first time using the Rapid Rooter to start a garden, use clippings from your favorite plants and the simplest vegetables, like tomatoes.
- Make sure all plants being grown are non-toxic in case children or animals consume them by accident.
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