Rooterpot

This product is a dream come true for growers, gardeners, beginners as well as experts. In just 6 to 8 weeks you can produce a brand new plant of a size that would take 3 years from seed or a cutting.

It works on an old system of propagation called air layering. With the traditional air layering system you use a black plastic bag to hold moss around a wounded stem. New roots would develop where the stem was wounded. However, that system is awkward to install, doesn't hold extra moisture, and is difficult to add water to or inspect the root progress.

The rooter pot system addresses all those problems and makes it amazingly easy to clone big plants in a short time. Just choose a branch on a mother plant that you would like to clone (maximum 1/2" in diameter). Next, wound the branch by removing a strip of bark all around the stem (1/2") and then put rooting hormone on the wound. Attach the rooter pot to the stem over the wound so that the wound will be at least 1 inch under the soil and fill the reservoir in the base with water. Now pack the interior of the pot with moist, soilless (peat-based) potting medium. Put the top on and cover the outside of the translucent pot with the dark stick-on label. (The label is necessary to keep sunlight off the roots. It is also a place to record the start date.) Every week or two, add a bit of water to the pot if necessary.

After 8 weeks, inspect the roots by peeling the label back a bit. If the roots have developed, cut the branch just under the pot to remove the newly rooted plant from the mother plant. Now you can remove the rooter pot and transplant it to a container or directly into the soil.

It couldn't be easier, and the pots are reusable. Full instructions are included.

Each pot is 3" in diameter and 4" tall. Made in Spain, this item is a winner of numerous international innovation awards. More important, it will save you money and make your gardening easier.

The plastic, while thin is very strong and looks very durable. You also get a couple of black stickers (With the instructions printed in them) which you have to apply to the rooterpot to keep the pot dark inside. This increases temperature and prevents the soil from drying too fast. The stickers do not reach the water reservoir, that way you can see when it needs water. .

Below, the main body of the rooterpot. Notice the two cone shapes on water reservoir. They allow soil to be in contact with the water. That helps bring water up to the rest of the pot. Also there are 6 pairs of vertical lines very close together on the inner walls of the rooterpot. Their purpose is to create capillary action which brings the water all the way up to the top of the rooterpot and keeps the soil moist.

Dusting the stem wound with rooting hormone, place it in the middle of the rooterpot and close it by snapping the two halves together. The stem will be held securely by the fingers on the bottom of the rooterpot. Pack moist soil (Pro-Mix or equivalent) in the rooterpot. I add 1 teaspoon of Watersorb for each gallon of soil before I wet it, to insure that the soil stays moist and retains the maximum amount of water. Be sure the soil goes in the cones also. The lid, which also has fingers to hold the stem, goes last, Attach it with the 4 tabs which fit into the slots in the body.

After a season using rooterpots I figured that the black plastic stickers just will not "stick" any more, so I just took them completely off. The rooterpots should work just as well without them, better yet, you will be able to see the white roots as soon as they reach the walls of the rooterpot earlier.

Helpful Hints when using the rooterpots

Here is the manufacturer's web site in the UK There are Plenty of pictures and descriptions of the rooterpot use.

Sorry, I don't sell this product any longer, the Euro has gotten too rich for me and I could not sell it for less than $3.00 each.

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