Any kind of Cannabis plant from which you can extract a clone is from a mother plant. Cloning is a great way to grow the same type of plants while retaining the same desirable qualities without sacrificing potency. Plentiful harvest can be done by cloning cannabis as the clone shares the mother plant’s genetic code. In the event of having an indisposed mother plant, there’s a possibility that the clones will more likely be indisposed as well. Make sure that mother plants are healthy and in a solid figure so that the genetics will remain when passed to other clones.
What is Cloning Cannabis? How is it done?
Cloning is a perfect way to produce the same type of plants without compromising its potency while keeping the same desirable attributes. Plentiful harvest can be achieved through cloning cannabis as the clone will get the genetic code of the mother plant. As the cloned plant is grown from rooted cuttings, such as a branch from a living mother plant, the cloning cannabis approach is called ‘asexual’. Growers should use a mother plant that is less than two months old to clone the cannabis plant for the best chance of success.
Normally, a clone grows about 6 inches tall, after it was cut off from the mother plant. The clone is placed in a rooting cube and to promulgate its growth, a hormone was given. Once the roots developed its growth, it was then transferred onto the ground or put in a pot to grow like a normal marijuana plant.
Why must Clone Cannabis Plants?
In cloning marijuana plants you will no longer worry about the space it occupies. Unlike marijuana seeds, it takes a lot of time to grow it especially it requires effort to cultivate the seeds such as identifying males from female marijuana plants and you have to plant many wherein you need extra space for all the cannabis seeds. So, cloning is a great option. Even though cloning takes time to root out, still there’s no need to germinate the seeds
The good thing about cloning is that it takes all the genetic compounds of the mother plant. If there is a particular marijuana plant that you like based on its effects, appearance, aroma, or taste then cloning marijuana might be an easy task to do.
Advantages of Cloning Cannabis
In the field of marijuana producers, cloning marijuana also produces a high-quality product and presents great benefits:
Cannabis producers must cut only the desirable leaves from the mother plant and should take the 10% dosage of nitrogen before cloning the plants. This will result in the same quality from which the plant was taken.
Typical clones grow faster in a span of a few weeks compared to seedling counterparts. Meaning, clones mature faster and yield good quality cloned plants.
During the vegetative stage, some clones root faster. Therefore, you can take it within a fortnight, right before the harvest. But you will notice some unfamiliar growth which is normal for its first two weeks.
The process of cloning cannabis is easy and cheap, it does not require expensive materials. In other words, cannabis producers can direct their attention to growing and harvesting desirable plants with the exact result from the mother plant.
Since the clones came from the mother plant, then the outcome will yield the same genetics. You will have the exact result when it comes to the taste, scent, and potency of the plant.
The Disadvantage of Cloning Cannabis
The process of cloning cannabis is considerably effective and risk-free because you’re not putting the mother plant in danger. It makes it the best option, but it does not always end up perfectly.
Cloned cannabis yields and matures faster in the first few weeks. It’s growing season is around 3 months, sometimes you won’t get the best result when it comes to the potential length of cannabis, but you’ll get the best outcome of clones when its growing season takes longer. It is very important to know that this cloned cannabis has a low potential for surviving. As a matter of fact, 90% of your clones might not survive, so you won’t be able to get a good harvest.
Preparing Mother Plant for Cloning
- Withhold fertilization
- Do not stress the plant
- Look for a healthy branch to cut
- Make sure to cut near the main stem
- Immediately put the cutting into a water
- Clip the leaves
Transplanting the weed clones
Always keep a daily check on your marijuana weed clones. To increase humidity, sprinkle some water on the leaves and make sure that they get enough water. Discard immediately the dead clones, if ever, so that they won’t harm other marijuana weed clones or cause mold to the entire clone. Cloning marijuana took 2 weeks to be able to transplant onto the soil. Some may grow faster and some may gain length. And when the white roots are ready, it grows one to two inches long.
Cloning marijuana is a process, below is a method of how to transplant marijuana:
- First, take some soil and put it in your desired pot
- Make sure to water the soil before planting the clone so that it won’t make any unnecessary movement because the soil is intact in its new place
- Dig for about 1 to 2 inches deep hole or depending on your pot level just enough to bury all the roots.
- Lastly, put the clone carefully and cover it with healthy soil
Things to consider when planning to buy a marijuana clone
An attenuated or taper stems means that the clone was taken from a feasible branch. The stem width of a clone is a perfect way of having a sense of its overall health and vigor. These cuttings may be the most vulnerable to illness or worst, death and it may take a lot of time to grow their root systems.
It may be hard to detect diseases in cuttings, but there are things to be aware of such as lack of healthy features, irregular growth, and discoloration. Always check the leaves, if it’s healthy or has mold spores. Powdery mildew or PM is one of the common diseases that can be gotten by cloning marijuana. Another impossible to discover is dangerous fungicides on the clone. In the event of seeing a suspicious element on the clone, take the chance to ask the grower about it.
It is possible to spot large pests such as fungus gnats and spider mites reasonably quickly. Make sure that all aspects of your clone are tested for pests. Spider mites leave spots and their web, and other insects can also leave bite marks, and some bugs can also leave markings. Check the soil medium under each leaf and also check, as some pests live there.