When thinking about clones, I imagine the sci fi horror movies in which the main character comes across the mad scientist's lab where he has clones growing in water tanks with feeding tubes plugged up to them. Clones don't have to come from terrifying science fiction stories, but in fact, just pure, brilliant science. Cloning can really help growers produce a beautiful and uniform crop. Like with many growing methods, you will come across a great deal of pros and cons. Weigh the pros and cons and decide what is best for you.
The pros to cloning is that there is no gender confusion. Whatever sex the mother plant was, the clone will be the same sex. Because clones are already growing, they have a bit of a head start in the life cycle and can be harvested faster than if you're growing from seeds. If you raised the mother plant of the clone, then you know exactly what you are getting as the genetics are indistinguishable. Also, your clone can in the future be cloned again, giving you a long supply of your perfect plants
How to clone marijuana plant
Cloning a grass plant shouldn't be daunting. To necessitate the process, you will require some critical items, as mentioned below:
· A rooting setup and medium
· A rooting hormone
· A pair of scissors
· A razor blade.
Steps to follow
1. Have your rooting setup and medium ready
A rooting medium can be a rooting cube, foam, or a Rockwool. Essentially, you have to ensure that that medium has a great flow of air and that which can retain high amounts of moisture.
Depending on what rooting medium you will choose, it would be important to ensure that it will be convenient for the clones. The clones should get sufficient humidity and be exposed to enough light (18 hours).
2. Take your cutting
Before taking your cutting, it would be essential to select a mother cannabis plant with desirable characteristics carefully. A robust plant, healthy, and that which hasn't started to flower will be the best real. If you have settled on your best, then it would be primal to take your cutting carefully. It's a process, and we are going to make it as easy as possible to follow.
a) Do not add fertilizer to the chosen mother plant before taking clones. If possible, ensure that it will take a week or so after fertilizing your plant to take a cutting. Nitrogenous fertilizers may end up making clones to focus on being vegetative as opposed to making the roots better.
b) Sterilize the pair of scissors and razorblade and wear gloves before taking your cutting
c) Select at least a couple of nodes from healthy and robust branches from the chosen mother plant.
d) Using a pair of scissors, cut the clones just above the selected nodes.
e) Using a razor blade, make a cutting just below the fresh cutting's bottom node at an angle of 45°.
f) Have the rooting hormone ready and immediately place the fresh cutting.
g) Place the rooting hormone on the rooting medium.
h) Remove the leaves from the bottom part of the cutting and do away with the tips of the fan leaves to enhance photosynthesis.
3. Monitor the well-being of your clones
The clones will require your daily attention. Always check up on them to ensure that they have sufficient moisture. If the humidity levels go down, you can up them using a spray bottle to sprinkle water on the leaves. If for any reason a clone dies, be sure to remove it from the others to ensure that it doesn’t lead to mold and wastage of space for the lively ones. After two weeks or so, the clones will start producing some white roots. If the white roots grow to an inch or two, then you will be sure to…
4. Transplant the clones
Before transplanting the clones, you should ensure that the environment to be used is sterile and that you use a pair of gloves to handle the clones.
Now, below are the steps to follow:
a) Put soil in planting pots
b) Water the soil and ensure that it drains uniformly in the pot
c) Using two fingers, dip a hole enough to cover the roots of the clone to the entirety
d) Put the clone inside and cover it with some soil.
What is the success rate of cloning marijuana?
Cloning success rate could be anywhere between 0% and 100%. Necessarily, if you follow all the steps as incorporated above, then the success rate of cloning your marijuana plants will be 100%. Conversely, if you deviate from any of the steps, some clones will surely not make it; thus, lowering the success rate. Failed clones translate to something wrongly done. Necessarily, you should use a healthy and sturdy plant for taking the cuttings, use sterilized equipment in the cloning exercise, and ensure that optimum CARE is taken.
Is cloning cannabis better in soil or water?
Well, we can say it is dependent on what the grower can term to be better. For instance, it will take lesser time for the clones to sprout when done in water as compared to when the soil gets used. However, algae may form fast in water; thus, meaning when cloning gets done in water, one will need to be very observant and keep on replacing the water after a few days.
On the other hand, cloning in soil takes a little bit longer, but it isn’t as demanding as is the case with cloning in water. The grower’s preference comes really handy here in determining what would work best for them.
(Written on: 12/07/2017, Updated on: 04/25/2020)
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