Feminized Autoflowering Marijuana Can Be Cloned: Is it a Myth or a Reality?
Cloning is a method of creating a copy of a cannabis plant that quickly grows into a flowering plant. This method lets you multiply your bud yield for every cloned plant.
The cloning method works with regular seed, but is this possible with marijuana seeds that are feminized autoflowering? Let us find out by taking a close look at how the cloning process works and if you can apply it to auto fem plants.
Understanding the cloning method
The cloning of cannabis plants involves taking a small piece of a regular cannabis plant. This small piece is your clone, which you will plant to a growing medium. The clone will create its own root system, which will eventually grow into a copy of the original plant.
For the cloning process to be successful, you need to a healthy mother plant that is around two months into its vegetative phase. A healthy plant will give you a healthy clone, which is strong enough to develop its rooting system.
Reason for cloning cannabis plants
There are several benefits of cloning to any cannabis plant breeders. The most common of which is the ability to create one or more plants with a single seed. You do not have to buy additional seeds to cultivate your favorite strain.
Another advantage of clones is how you can make new plants while bypassing the seedling stage. Clones plants have the same age as its mother, which already makes them mature than seedlings. Your clone can grow quickly because it is still within the vegetative phase of the mothers. Because you are bypassing the seedling phase, there is no need to trouble yourself with germinating a new seed or wait for young plants to mature.
The most important reason for cloning plants is to make a near exact copy of a healthy cannabis plant. You have no guarantee that a seed can grow into a robust plant when it enters the vegetative phase. As mentioned above, cloned plants will be as healthy as its parents will. Cloning can instantly give you a set of plants that can produce high-quality buds.
In addition, certain breeders can preserve a strain’s genetics through cloning. Clones and its original mothers will produce buds that have the same taste, aroma, and effect that you love.
Cloning autoflowering plants
The common belief that it is not possible to clone plants from autoflowering marijuana plants is not true. You can cut a part of a healthy mature auto plant during the vegetative stage and plant it. Its clone will soon develop its own roots and continue growing into a plant. However, this will likely result in an underdeveloped clone and damaged mother plant. This also applies to feminized auto plants.
Auto cannabis plants do not rely on the change in lighting schedule as regular or photoperiodic plants. This is because of the ruderalis plant’s genetics. The plants thrive in parts of the world where there is less sunlight or shorter days. Because of its genetics, auto plants can flower regardless of the light cycle. It also allows the plants to complete its growth cycle within just two months, which is half the time of the typical growth cycle of most regular plants.
Using the cloning process on autoflowering is difficult because of the plant’s rapid growth. Remember that a clone will have the same age as its mother. The cutting will continue the timeline of its mother in entering the flowering phase. This will not give the clone enough time to flourish and develop into a healthy plant before exiting the vegetative state. Because of this, the clones may die before reaching the end of the vegetative phase or it will give a disappointing yield. Meanwhile, the mother plant may not recover to full health to produce a decent bud.
Increasing the survivability of feminized autoflowering clones
The main challenge that some breeders see in creating a healthy clone from a mother auto plant is time. By taking the clone from the mother at the earliest possible time, the clone will have enough time to spring back into a healthy plant as its mother.
One breeder claimed in solving the time problem by cutting a clone on the same day or near the time when the mother will show its gender. They also took the bottom branches of the plant, which will be their clone. According to the breeder, the aim is to take away a part of the plant that has yet to get the signal of which sex the mother will turn to. This will give you a clone with the right hormone level that will make it stable.
After taking the piece from the mother plant, the breeder exposed the clone under 24 hours of lighting that has a full spectrum before placing it in a medium. This method allows him to create a clone that grew to nearly the same size as its mother that gave the same quality bud.
The legitimacy of the breeder’s claim came under careful scrutiny among forum members because there are no image or video evidence of a successful clone. Some believe the breeder produced a healthy clone because it was a regular indica plant and not an autoflowering one.
Another reported of a healthy auto clone said that the cuttings are under severe stress when removing it from the mother plant. According to a cannabis community member, the 24-hour lighting regime of the previous breeder somehow helped revitalize the clone and keep them from flowering. Unfortunately, this claim indicates that the member did not clone an autoflowering plant. Auto plants will flower no matter the lighting condition you subject it.
Boosting yields with feminized autoflowering seeds
While some breeders report of a successful creation of a healthy autoflowering clone, others who attempted to do the same thing ended up with disappointing results. Cloning is not worth attempting with autoflowering plants if you are looking to increase the yield of your garden.
Fortunately, you can improve your yields by producing feminized seeds from autoflowering plants. Regular autoflowering seeds have a 50/50 chance of turning male or female. Many breeders discard their male plants because they do not produce the same high inducing buds as the female. Growing a handful of auto seeds is nearly the same as rolling a dice. You might get lucky to have most of your seeds turn female or be unlucky enough that more than half of them turn male. Feminized seeds eliminate the dice roll by ensuring that almost all of the seeds will become bud-producing plants.
To create your own marijuana seeds with a feminized autoflowering property, you will need two female auto plants and colloidal silver. Colloidal silver is a solution that contains incredibly small silver particles. You can find this solution through local pharmacies or online retail shops.
Spraying the flowering site of a female plant during its flowering period will force it to produce a male pollen sac. Take note that you need to keep applying the colloidal silver solution to the plant even after it produces a sac. You will know that the plant has produced pollen when the sac appears inflated and there are signs of tearing around it.
Harvest the sac and use the pollen to pollinate another female plant. Over time, the plant will produce seeds that have a high rate of turning into females.
It is possible to clone autoflowering-feminized plants, but it is very difficult to create a stable and healthy one. Creating your own auto-feminized seeds is a feasible way of improving your yields than creating clones. You can further increase the quality of your yields by cultivating your feminized autoflowering plants outdoors. Mark Spear, CEO of and founder of Burns Town Farms, said: “If you oppose growing cannabis outdoors you oppose nature.”. By letting your autoflowering cannabis plants grow outdoors, you allow them to thrive in their natural environment.