Make sure you enter to win this hose cart and marvelous mailbox while you're here!
When the packaged arrived, everything was clearly labeled. I liked the packing slip that was double checked to ensure all pieces were included. Shipping was quick. My initial thought was....wow, this is going to be exciting!
Setup up was a little more difficult as I've outlined below under the cons. But once I got the hang of it, it was easy. I'm confident that this is a tool I'll be using year after year for multiple uses each season. In retrospect, it seems easy to setup, but originally this was not the case. I think it's important to read the directions carefully several times before starting out just to make sure you completely understand what to do.
Perhaps the most exciting part about cloning is choosing what to clone. If it were Springtime, I'd be cloning heirloom tomato plants for sure. But as it is Fall, I thought it would be fun to experiment. For this reason alone, now is the perfect time to buy a cloner. You'll want to give it a whirl a few times before the pressure of Spring cloning comes along!
- rosemary herb plant
- English lavender
- a different type of lavender
- a rose
- Russian Sage
- a miniature geranium
- The machine worked very well. It says I should get little roots after 3-10 days. Actually, I got tiny roots on both lavender plants and the hibiscus after 36 hours. This shocked me the most out of the whole process.
- This Daisy Cloner will eventually pay for itself....easily. When I think about what I spend at nurseries and garden centers every year, plant cloning seem to be the wave of the future for those of us who want tons of plants. Yes, I love seeds, but they don't always work out. They wither, die and in many cases don't get enough sun where I live to ever thrive. And seeds take a lot longer to germinate and grow. Cloning feels like instant gratification in comparison.
- The lavender plant that I pulled a cutting off to clone cost me $12 initially. Eventually, my goal is to create a whole lavender bed but at that price; it will never happen. Cloning perennials is going to be a huge money saver for me and can be for you to with this machine. And you know how ridiculously expensive perennials are. Just think about what you could save cloning trees!
- I was a little concerned about the motor. Submerging a running motor underwater 24/7 goes against my instincts and I was hoping it wouldn't be too loud. It's not. It's just a low hum.
- Although the directions were difficult to follow and I'm sure I didn't do everything exactly to plan, the machine still worked and cloned the plants. This shows me that the process is slightly forgiving for a newbie like myself. If you're not perfect, that's okay, it will still likely work for you.
- This machine would be so fun for any science teacher, homeschooling mom or any mom who wants to teach their kids something new and thrilling. I loved learning how to clone and look forward to continuing my experimentations. I still can't believe I got new plants out of cuttings in a matter of days. Wow!
- The rose was the only plant that didn't work. The miniature geranium worked the best! It was a cutting from my moms plant. She bought the plant out of this area and can't find another one and is now estatic!
- I have come to love my Daisy Cloner and I can't wait to experiment even more with it. But the directions that came with it were lacking. In fact if it weren't for the pictures that I was personally sent from the company, I would have struggled quite a bit. Not only are they written far too technically, but the few pictures included are of little help. There needs to be better descriptions of how to assemble the machine and exactly what to do with the parts included. I have three parts that I didn't even seem to use....one seem to be a spare, but the other two? I'm still clueless.
- I felt like there were some areas where the directions were just plain faulty. For example, it said you'd only need a 2-4 inch cuttings of a plant to clone. Honestly, I don't see how one could clone any stem less than 6 inches. This is because you need a certain length for the plant to reach the fluid in the container. A two inch stem would never reach the water/nutrient solution based on the max fill line. Another example is that under the maintenance procedures, it says to change the reservoir about 7 to 21 days. That's a big difference! It needs to be more specific.
- The directions indicate that the plants in the cloner need 16-18 hours of light a day. A near impossible feat in Buffalo, NY. I placed my cloner on the kitchen countertop where it gets full sun most of the day and LED powered lights the rest of the time. But 16-18 hours? No way. And I don't have fluorescent lighting like it says in the directions to use.
- The machine might be a little pricey at $90 considering all the extras you probably should buy. The company most graciously sent us the Clonex Clone Solution (a seedling nutrient) and the Clonex Rooting Compound, both of which I feel are necessary to the whole cloning process. Perhaps it would be better if these were sold as a bundle since you pretty much need them.
- The basket you stick the plants in has very tiny holes as shown below. I wish the holes were bigger as the geranium stem was too thick to push through. I ended up ditching the basket altogether and sticking the plant just into the foam insert. Still worked though!
I really enjoyed using this cloner and plan on getting a ton of use out of it year after year. You'll use it in different seasons for various reasons. Maybe houseplants in the fall, vegetables in the spring? You'll find your own cloning schedule. Initially, I thought I'd only get eight plants in one season, but now I realize that the plants clone quickly enough that I'll be able to get several cycles in. Then I can start transplanting them in pots and into the ground. I'll be sure to give you the update in the spring! I strongly suspect that tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and other vegetable plants will be super easy to clone. Can't wait....
Even more exciting is getting clippings from gardening friends, plants that you don't even have to own. A big money saver and it's fun to get something for nothing. I can see some plant exchanges in my future!
Finally, the Greenhouse Catalog was a lovely company to partner with. They were efficient and knowledgeable in answering all my questions and quite with the correspondence. It was a pleasure working with them! They have so many unique products that you'll have to investigate their website for yourself.
One Daisy Cloner system from the Greenhouse Catalog company valued at $90!
- Enter by leaving a comment telling me about what plant you'd clone first.
- See below for a chance to earn additional entries.
- Official Giveaway Rules
1) Like our Facebook Page.
2-3) For 2 extra entries, invite 3 of your Facebook friends to "Like" our Raise Your Garden Page.
4) Become an e-mail subscriber using the green bar at the top of our site.
Already did? Let us know.
5-6) Comment on our Facebook Page telling us which plant produced the most crops for you this year. Like and Share as well. Click Here.
7) Share the post making your own Tomato Sauce
Let us know in the comment section what you did to earn extra entries.