The Rooter Pot - Lee Valley Tools

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This product is a dream come true for many gardeners. In just 8 weeks you can produce a brand new plant of a size that would take 3 years from seed or a cutting. We tested it and it performs flawlessly.

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 5/8" in diameter). Next, wound the branch by removing a strip of bark all around the stem and then put rooting hormone on the wound (our root stimulator is ideal for this). Attach the rooter pot to the stem over the wound 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 – we found our curved-tip syringe perfect for this.

After 8 weeks (additional time required for colder climates), 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.

Offered as a set of five pots with lids and 15 labels. Each pot is 3" in diameter and 4" deep. 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.

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