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DIY: Rapid Rooters?

Herby Paisley

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Hi folks... Was just curious, Has anyone tried to make their own rapid rooter grow plugs? I attempted a method I read about on one of the 420 forums with using peat moss and gelatin with no luck..., I may try using cornstarch as a polymer agent to bind the stuff together to put in the pre -fabricated molds to form the plugs, but I'm a lil skeptical if it will work. So any idea's all are welcome!
 

Pbass

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Hiya Herby Paisley you have any success here? I had some root riot plugs given to me, I really like how the roots propagate through them. I don't think I've had better sprouting success in them than any other medium though. Are you adding any rooting agent to your home made plugs?
 

Herby Paisley

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Hi Pbass ya no luck so far on the DIY rooters , I was adding rooting hormone gel and gelatin to hold it all together, My first batch just crumbled when I took them out of the molds :(... So In the near future I might try more gelatin or maybe try eco friendly white school glue its non toxic, lol what you think of that should I try school glue! :)
 

Pbass

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You know I stumbled across a guy making fuel pucks out of some sort of bio material with a wooden press on youtube the other night, I think I was searching for home made wood presses. I wonder if you use something along those lines to give some high pressure to the mold? That might get the materials to bind better?
 

Herby Paisley

Well-Known Member
You know I stumbled across a guy making fuel pucks out of some sort of bio material with a wooden press on youtube the other night, I think I was searching for home made wood presses. I wonder if you use something along those lines to give some high pressure to the mold? That might get the materials to bind better?
I'm gonna give it a go!... Now for a press?... I think I have some scrape wood and a bottle jack somewhere in the shop lol thanks Pbass :)
 

maker

New Member
I try with mix cooked gelatin liquid and coco coir, it failed, too soft and watery, no air pockets inside. I suspect they use much thicker polymer, but to create a spongy cube will take a lot of trials.
 
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