DIY Cloning Machine: Two EASY Ways to Build a Propagation Station

DIY Cloning Machine: Two EASY Ways to Build a Propagation Station

Instead of buying one of those expensive cloning machines for your plant propagation, try these designs out! These types of diy propagation stations are simple and inexpensive to build.

In this video, we’ll talk about a design that uses air stones only, as well as a design with a submersible water pump with a 360° sprinkler head to get the job done.

I like both of these styles better than building an intricate PVC network and attaching sprayers to it, because they basically perform the same without the need for all of the extra parts.


Today’s video is sponsored by CZ Garden Supply, the manufacturers of some of the products you see used in this video. The heavy-duty net pots and air stone in particular are much better than the standard ones I’ve used in the past, and I’ll be using them in all future builds.


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  1. drtek on June 11, 2022 at 5:52 am

    I am so amazed at all of your VERY helpful videos!!!
    Many thanks, Kevin!!!

  2. DoodahGurl on June 11, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Now I know the difference between the spraying method vs the air stone method. I had watched another video the other night on the sprayer method and thought it was cool – they built it theirs differently than you did using PVC pipes and different sprayer nozzles. But I liked that you demonstrated both method and I loved that you drew pics of both at the beginning to help us visualize.

  3. Baker Labs on June 11, 2022 at 5:55 am

    This man is f**king genius.

  4. bruce guillory on June 11, 2022 at 5:55 am

    Black joke huh🎟

  5. Iplan treez on June 11, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Nice Video 🤙

  6. SOPHISTICATED CAVEMAN on June 11, 2022 at 6:01 am

    Air pump should be above water level .

  7. Octa on June 11, 2022 at 6:01 am

    And you can put some little fishes in the air stone bucket

  8. Ariane Trottier on June 11, 2022 at 6:02 am

    Great video
    do you think it is useful for the propagation of aroid like philodendron and monstera

  9. Rick Vervoort on June 11, 2022 at 6:05 am

    PSA: Never leave an air pump below the level of the water line.

  10. Blunted &co. on June 11, 2022 at 6:07 am

    can you flower with just the air stones or do you also need it to have drip lines to feed once a day from the top? i have a system with air stones and drip lines but the pump that goes to the drip lines i kinda need to pull it off and have it recirculate the water in the res tank to not have the nutrients clog the air stones so i wanted to see if i could get away with not using the drip lines to feed once a day or is it really needed to feed the plants from the top? mmj plants.

  11. kat yamaji on June 11, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Do I use nutrient water in this?

  12. Chuck James on June 11, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Will this method for roses?

  13. The YBZ guy on June 11, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Air has less parts no need for a timer for the air pump and is more set it & forget it style 😎 also water pump can heat up the water so weighing the pros&cons air is the way to go also personally only use water straight old tap water because after many different approaches i found less is more over my years of experience,now maintaining 98-99% return on all my roots with zero additives so to maintain&master the basic setup go from there & avoid doing more than you need where ones patients will teach you to see what’s best&cheaper or generally makes more sense,good luck…not that its needed if you do It right 👍.

  14. Kalynn Kallweit on June 11, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Am I the only person who’s thinking thta the spray version is not only less efficient, but also a bit erm aggressive on tender roots…??

  15. 420 edu on June 11, 2022 at 6:11 am

    I just want to add, thank you for sharing your knowledge, some folks like to profit from others lack of knowledge but you seem to enjoy sharing, and that deserves a thank you!

  16. Matthew Sanders on June 11, 2022 at 6:13 am

    How this video only has 45k views in two years is beyond me. Probably it’s just a bit too engineered for most gardener personality types, and they wouldn’t consider the need to have a few clones on hand at a given time.

  17. Gardens T on June 11, 2022 at 6:13 am

    New to your channel & very informative…..immediately subscribed!!! That’s the way to explain for newbies like me :->>>>

  18. Al Hill on June 11, 2022 at 6:15 am

    That is a great alternative for propagation station.

  19. Zakattack Adventures on June 11, 2022 at 6:16 am

    I love this Idea to keep water quantity lower. I will have to pack the water up and down stairs so looking to minimize. Question: Can this idea be used to fully grow my plants through their life cycle? I plan to grow tomatoes, beans, peas, etc. I would assume a timer would be needed but is this a bad idea all together?

  20. Nonno Ziccardy on June 11, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Nice job Kevin!

  21. ireland 🇮🇪 on June 11, 2022 at 6:18 am

    My name is Kevin

  22. Jeff Smith on June 11, 2022 at 6:18 am

    Where do you buy the riser with spray nozzle

  23. Anja Williams on June 11, 2022 at 6:21 am

    I almost spend 200$ now just 20 $ you a lifesaver

  24. dan smith on June 11, 2022 at 6:21 am

    2 things you missed one do you use a dome for humidy and also the lightshow much light and how close to clone

  25. Kalynn Kallweit on June 11, 2022 at 6:23 am

    .. Would you PLEASE do s video on care or/ propagation of Monstera Adansonii….?? aka "actual" swiss cheese plant/ vine….. I have one and i adore the nature of it, but I just cant’ seem to keep this one plant happy despite doing so well now with 90% of all my other house plants… Ironically, a struggle plants for me also is the supposedly "easy" spider plant…. I am now suspicious if the two might be similarly watering sensitive..( soil type/ makeup depending of course….??" I get ends of old AND new foliage turning brown and dying.. seems to happen no matter how i attempt ot shift the watering… ugh I am so frustrated.

  26. Pawsitive Leader on June 11, 2022 at 6:26 am

    Pawsitive Leader
    12 minutes ago
    thanks for Video , Looking to make one with 3-4 inch holes and sponges for larger cuttings, such as Monsteras, Larger philodendrons etc. All the maufactureres only do 2 inch holes and sponges for tiny cuttings. Any ideas, for one that will hold larger sponges and plants without falling in?

  27. Grizzle Gear on June 11, 2022 at 6:28 am

    No dome required for this?

  28. Dante Velasquez on June 11, 2022 at 6:29 am

    Love it! How often does the water need to be spraying or the stone on per day while the roots are developing?

  29. Lisa Dufresne on June 11, 2022 at 6:31 am

    When its time to transplant, how do you get the plant out of the net pot if the roots are growing through it?

  30. Jack Sparrow on June 11, 2022 at 6:33 am

    show me plants after 3 months ^^

  31. Kalynn Kallweit on June 11, 2022 at 6:34 am

    I love you’re diy set up videos.. I’ve been following you for at least a year now for just my house plants stuff, as i nearly doubled my houseplant capacity during down time at work / initial quarantine times… but now, i’m giving cannabis a go, and the cuttings are definitely a bit touchier to root than your average pathos ( aka fool proof propagating houseplant..)

  32. djs dollar on June 11, 2022 at 6:36 am

    How often does the water pump or stone need to be on . Or its constantly on for 2-3 weeks

  33. DempsterSlices on June 11, 2022 at 6:36 am

    Once you go black…you never go back. That had me whaling with laughter. Great video!

  34. Media Pool on June 11, 2022 at 6:39 am


  35. breezygarden on June 11, 2022 at 6:40 am

    Made a bubble cloner after watching your video I think thos is gp8ng to be great

  36. Tiahansere on June 11, 2022 at 6:41 am


  37. Maria Sandberg on June 11, 2022 at 6:44 am

    What a great tutorial! I love the whiteboard part in the beginning.
    I’m thinking of cloning my philodendrons

  38. nihal rupasingha on June 11, 2022 at 6:45 am

    Could Camellia be got roots this method ?.

  39. Northern Joe The Drone Guy on June 11, 2022 at 6:46 am

    I 3d print my own net cups but i leave the bottoms completely open so the roots are easy to remove and not down inside the small holes in the bottom of the net cup. Great video!

  40. Dustin Ross on June 11, 2022 at 6:46 am

    I could show you how to do this for $40 it would be better quality and hold 9-12 plants and net pods are trash for transplanting

  41. The Silent One on June 11, 2022 at 6:47 am

    cut the bottom of the net pots off so u can transplant them to another setup an roots dont get entangled in the net pots. No growing media is needed also . This can also be made with a airpump with a water level right below the stems like a oxycloner

  42. TrueX 2020 on June 11, 2022 at 6:47 am

    8:10 Pause

  43. Skatearmada4 on June 11, 2022 at 6:49 am

    What about if I used a 2.5 gallon bucket with the same width as a 5gallon for the lid .. and went the air stone way .. would that still work out . Almost like a mini version of this ?

  44. Mark Borkowski on June 11, 2022 at 6:49 am

    From what I’ve heard you want the stem of the plant in the water. Is this not true?

  45. Richard Schuster on June 11, 2022 at 6:50 am

    What’s the GPM of the pump?

  46. HunterMars on June 11, 2022 at 6:50 am

    I wish I had a clone much that has a keyboard so it can make clones a soft things and plastic things.

  47. kat yamaji on June 11, 2022 at 6:50 am

    What size drill bit do I need to make the net pot holes. Are those 3 inch net pots? I can use 2 Inch and do more right

  48. ZeroOneInfinity on June 11, 2022 at 6:51 am

    This video deserves 100 fold the views it has, great job!

  49. Donovinchi on June 11, 2022 at 6:52 am

    Excellent video

  50. MetalGearMk3 on June 11, 2022 at 6:52 am

    You could use a fogger instead of a airstone, less noise.