Table of Contents
- What is a cannabis clone?
- Why clone cannabis plants?
- What is a cannabis mother plant?
- How to clone a cannabis plant
- What to look for when buying a marijuana clone
- Can you clone from a leaf?
- How old should a mother plant be before cloning?
- Do clones need light or dark?
- Do clones lose potency?
- Can you clone straight into soil?
- Can cloned plants live forever?
- Do clones Bud faster?
- How often do I water clones?
- How often should you water clones?
- Should clones be kept in the dark?
- How to clone cannabis plants – Leafly
- How to Clone Cannabis: 13 Steps (with Pictures) – wikiHow
- Picture Guide to Cloning Marijuana | Grow Weed Easy
- Discover How to Clone Cannabis Plants & Other Methods
- How to clone a cannabis plant – The Cannigma
- How to Clone Marijuana Plants – Beginners Guide
- How To Clone Cannabis Plants | Green Flower News
- Cloning a Weed Plant – The Best Guide for Beginners!
What is a cannabis clone?
A clone is a cutting, such as a branch, that is cut off of a living marijuana plant, which will then grow into a plant itself. A clone has the same genetic makeup as the plant it was taken from, which is called the mother plant.
A typical clone is about 6 inches in length, give or take, and after cutting it off the mother plant, the clone is put into a medium such as a root cube and given a hormone to encourage root growth.
After roots develop, it is then transplanted into a pot or the ground, and it will grow like any weed plant.
Why clone cannabis plants?
If you don’t want to mess with seeds, clones can be a great option for starting a marijuana plant. Growing weed from a clone will save you time—even though they need time to root out, you don’t have to germinate seeds, which will shave off a month or so of the growing process.
Clones will also save space in your garden—with seeds, you have to grow many and sex them out to identify and get rid of the males. Also, usually some seeds don’t germinate. You’ll need extra space for all those seeds, and they might not even turn into full plants.
If you take a clone from a plant you already have, they’re free! You just need to invest in some supplies. Although, you can buy clones from a dispensary if you want.
One of the best things about clones is they are exact genetic replicas of the mother plant from which they were taken. If you have a particular marijuana plant you like, whether for its appearance, smell, effects, or something else, you can take clones of it and grow it again, ad infinitum.
There is some speculation that clones can degrade over time based on environment stressors and other factors, but that is open to debate.
What is a cannabis mother plant?
A mother plant is any cannabis plant you take a clone from. Mothers should be healthy and sturdy, as their genetics will pass on to the clones—if you have a sickly mother plant, its clones will also be sickly.
Mother plants always stay in the vegetative stage as clones are clipped off. It’s important to not take cuttings off a flowering weed plant—this can cause the clone to turn into a hermaphrodite and may also damage the flowering plant.
Some growers have dedicated mother plants only for taking cuttings, but this setup takes up a lot of space and materials—you’ll need to keep the mother plant alive, but you won’t get any buds off it because it’ll always stay in the vegetative stage. Some growers find it hard to justify devoting time, energy, and space to plants that won’t produce buds. If your grow space is tight, this might not be the best setup.
Another method growers employ is to take cuttings off a set of mother plants before they flower, then flip the mothers into the flowering stage. The next generation of clones is grown, and when those get big enough, cuttings will be taken from those before getting flipped into flower. Because clones are genetically identical, each generation will be an exact copy of the first-generation mother and all subsequent mothers.
Cannabis mother plants guarantee genetic consistency, so each new generation of clones taken will have the same taste, flavor, effects, and other characteristics. Clones will also generally grow at the same rate as the mother, produce a similar quality product, and grow with the same vigor, allowing you to dial in your process and really get to know how to grow that particular weed plant.
Clones also guarantee that all of your weed plants are females, so you don’t have to spend time growing from seed, sexing plants, and discarding males.
What to look for in a mother plant
As genetics are identical between a mother and a clone, it’s important to choose a good plant as a mother. A wilty plant, or one that doesn’t produce good buds, won’t make a good mother.
Growers usually look for these qualities in a mother plant:
- Sturdy, vibrant growth
- Great aromas and flavors
- Big yields
- Dense trichomes
- Resistent to pests and mold
How to clone a cannabis plant
What do you need to clone cannabis?
Cloning cannabis is relatively easy and requires just a few key items:
- Scissors (for taking cuttings off the mother plant)
- Razor (for trimming up cuttings)
- Rooting setup (tray/tray-cell insert/dome/root cubes/heat mat, or an auto-cloner)
- Rooting hormone
Choose a rooting medium and setup
Common rooting mediums include rooting cubes, rockwool, or other non-soil equivalents like peat or foam. Rockwool is melted rock that has been spun into a fine thread, and it has terrific airflow and moisture retention. You can find any of these cubes at most grow stores or online.
If you’re using cubes of any kind, you’ll need to invest in a tray, a tray-cell insert, and a dome. The clones will go in the cubes, the cubes into the tray-cells, and all of that sits in a tray which will hold water. To keep in humidity, make sure to use a dome over your tray, and you may even want to use a heat mat.
Another method is to use an auto-cloner. There is an initial cost for buying an auto-cloner, but if you plan on cloning a lot, they are worth it. Auto-cloners cut down on the amount of labor needed to care for clones. Using aeroponics, these machines spray the bottoms of your cuttings with nutrient water at set intervals to promote root growth.
Experiment to see which setup works best for you. Whichever method you choose, make sure your new clones get plenty of light—preferably 18 hours—and humidity.
For more info on cloning setups, check out our Guide to cannabis cloning equipment.
How to take a cutting from a cannabis plant
When selecting a mother plant to clone from, look for plants that are healthy, sturdy, and at least two months into the vegetative cycle. Don’t take a clone off a plant once it starts flowering.
Don’t fertilize mother plants for a few days leading up to taking cuttings. This will allow nitrogen to work its way out of the leaves. When you take cuttings, an excess of nitrogen in the leaves and stems will trick your clones into attempting to grow vegetation instead of diverting energy to rooting.
Be sure to work in a sterile environment. Use gloves and disinfect razors and scissors.
To take a cutting:
- Look for branches that are sturdy and healthy. You want at least two nodes on the final cutting, so pick a branch that is healthy and long enough. A sturdy clone will lead to a sturdy plant.
- Cut the clone off the mother, cutting above the node on the mother plant. It’s OK to use scissors here; it may be hard to get a razor in the middle of the mother plant.
- Then, using a razor, cut below the bottom node on the fresh cutting at a 45° angle to the branch. This will increase the surface area of the rooting surface, promoting faster growth.
- Place your fresh cutting immediately into a rooting hormone. Then, put it directly into a root cube. If using an auto-cloner, put a collar around it and place it in the auto-cloner; you’ll put rooting hormone in the cloner after all cuttings have been taken.
- Once done taking the cutting, remove unnecessary leaves toward the bottom and clip off the tips of the remaining fan leaves on the cutting. This supports photosynthesis, helping your clones uptake nutrients and water.
Transplanting your weed clones
Check your clones daily to make sure they have enough water by checking the bottom of the tray or auto-cloner. To increase humidity, you can spray water on the leaves with a spray bottle. If any clones die, discard them so they don’t cause mold in the rest of the clones and also to give the remaining clones more space.
Most clones will be ready to transplant into soil in 10-14 days, but some root out quicker, and some longer. You’ll know they’re ready when the white roots are an inch or two in length.
When getting ready to transplant, be sure to keep the environment sterile. Transplant shock can occur, so be sure to use gloves when handling clones.
- Put soil in your pots first.
- Water the soil before transplanting so soil doesn’t move around once the clone is in its new home.
- Once the water has drained, dig out a hole 1-2 inches deep with two fingers, or just enough to bury all the roots.
- Put the clone in and gently cover with soil.
What to look for when buying a marijuana clone
If you live in a medical or adult-use state, you’ll be able to get clones from some local weed shops, but make sure it’s a reputable shop.
Most of the time, these clones come from growers who focus solely on producing clones, but sometimes cuttings will come from a third-party source. When purchasing clones for your home garden, always ask your shop where they came from. If you can’t get a legitimate answer, find another source.
It’s important to know the origin of your clones because that’s where problems originate—diseases, pests, incorrectly labeled genetics, and unknown pesticide residues can come with a mystery clone.
Never hesitate to research a dispensary or grow facility before buying clones.
Inspect the cannabis clones
Not all pests, diseases, pesticide residues, or genetic markers will be easy to spot with the naked eye, but give your clones a good look before introducing them to your garden. If they look sickly or weak, they likely won’t grow well.
A clone’s stem width is a great way to get a sense of its overall health and vigor. Thin and narrow stems typically mean the clone was taken from a weak or less viable branch. These cuttings may be more prone to disease or death and their root systems may take longer to develop.
Be sure to inspect all areas of your clone for the presence of pests. Large pests such as fungus gnats and spider mites can be spotted relatively easily.
Check under each leaf and also check the soil medium, as some pests live there. Certain pests can also leave markers—spider mites leave spots and webbing, and other insects can leave trace bite marks.
Many diseases can be difficult to detect in cuttings, but there are a few visual cues that can be seen early on. A lack of vigor is a major cue—check for limping leaves, irregular or mutated growth, and discoloration.
Powdery mildew (PM) is a very common disease found on clones, and mold spores can transfer to other plants. Keep an eye out for white powder on stems and leaves.
It’s almost impossible to detect harmful pesticides or fungicides on a clone. Often, these applications leave zero residue and can stay on a plant for the rest of the plant’s life. If you see any suspicious residue on a clone, ask the grower about their in-house integrated pest management (IPM) and always err on the side of caution.
Clean and quarantine your cannabis clones
If some clones look OK at the shop and you decide to take them home, make sure to take a few last precautionary steps before introducing them to the rest of your garden.
First, transplant your new weed clones into a more permanent container and medium. Often the grow medium used to house fresh cuttings at the shop will be different than what you use. Also, pests may be present in its medium when you bought it—transplanting your clone to a cleaner space will help mitigate any potential root damage.
Take this time to properly clean your clone with whatever IPM solution you deem fit. A popular method for cleaning new clones involves dipping them into a light solution of whatever safe and approved pesticide you choose.
After your clones have been properly cleaned and transplanted into their new medium, make sure to keep them quarantined for a few days to a week. Doing this will protect the rest of your garden if they do develop problems, and you’ll be able to pull them out easily.
If they look good after a week or so, go ahead and introduce them to the rest of your garden.
Patrick Bennett and Trevor Hennings contributed to this article.
Can you clone from a leaf?
Leaf cuttings are an easy and fun way to propagate clones some of your favorite plants. Some, but not all, plants can be propagated from just a leaf or a section of a leaf. The majority of the plants that are usable for leaf cutting propagation are considered to be house plants.
How old should a mother plant be before cloning?
Take clones from mother plants that are at least two months old and in the vegetative growth stage. Clones from mother plants that are less than two months old may develop unevenly and grow slowly. Clones taken from flowering plants root quickly but require several weeks to revert to vegetative growth.
Do clones need light or dark?
Clones need plenty of light to root and grow, but that light needs to be less intense than what you’ll use once it’s transplanted. T5 and CFL grow lights can offer your clones the vegging (blue) spectrum they need without the intensity that could take it out.
Do clones lose potency?
Without proper mineral nutrition and biological health, the vigor of a clone will diminish over time as it continually is replicated, thus reducing its viability,? said Russell Pace III, President of the Cannabis Horticultural Association.
Can you clone straight into soil?
Cloning directly into the soil is the most common form of plant cloning, although not the most effective. To clone a plant, graft a piece of plant material from the original plant, submerge the grafted end of the scion into a rooting hormone powder, and deposit the powder-covered end into a pot or container with soil.
Can cloned plants live forever?
This means that a tree cannot clone itself indefinitely; it must eventually sexually reproduce, or it will die.
Do clones Bud faster?
And that’s a shame, considering that root volume equals yield volume. In contrast to seeds, clones need a shorter vegetation period. During that time they’ll also grow faster than plants from seeds, because the clone is not an infant, but has the same age as its mother.
How often do I water clones?
A good rule of thumb is to water your clones every other day, or as needed to keep the soil moist but not wet. Roots will not grow in your clone in its first week after transplant. Transplanted plants can be given fertilizer, tea, or any other nutrients once they have settled into their new soil.
How often should you water clones?
Clones do best in environments between 70 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure you place them in a hot room if necessary. You should also water your clones every day to keep the soil moist, but not too damp.
Should clones be kept in the dark?
KindPeoples clones are exposed and acclimated to a 24-hour light cycle. If you wish to keep the clone in its vegetative state, keep the clone under a minimum of 18 hours of light. You can safely taper the light exposure from 24 to 18 over a few days. Less than 18 hours of light can/will trigger the flowering response.
How to clone cannabis plants – Leafly
How to clone cannabis plants What is a cannabis clone? A clone is a cutting, such as a branch, that is cut off of a living marijuana plant, which will then grow into a plant itself. A clone has the same genetic makeup as the plant it was taken from, which is called the mother plant. A typical clone is about 6 inches in length, give or take, and after cutting it off the mother plant, the clone is put into a medium such as a root cube and given a hormone to encourage root growth. After roots develop, it is then transplanted into a pot or the ground, and it will grow like any weed plant. Why clone cannabis plants? If you don’t want to mess with seeds, clones can be a great option for starting a marijuana plant. Growing weed from a clone will save you time—even though they need time to root out, you don’t have to germinate seeds, which will shave off a month or so of the growing process. Clones will also save space in your garden—with seeds, you have to grow many and sex them out to identify and get rid of the males. Also, usually some seeds don’t germinate. You’ll need extra space for all those seeds, and they might not even turn into full plants. If you take a clone from a plant you already have, they’re free! You just need to invest in some supplies. Although, you can buy clones from a dispensary if you want. One of the best things about clones is they are exact genetic replicas of the mother plant from which they were taken. If you have a particular marijuana plant you like, whether for its appearance, smell, effects, or something else, you can take clones of it and grow it again, ad infinitum. There is some speculation that clones can degrade over time based on environment stressors and other factors, but that is open to debate. What is a cannabis mother plant? (David Downs for Leafly) A mother plant is any cannabis plant you take a clone from. Mothers should be healthy and sturdy, as their genetics will pass on to the clones—if you have a sickly mother plant, its clones will also be sickly. Mother plants always stay in the vegetative stage as clones are clipped off. It’s important to not take cuttings off a flowering weed plant—this can cause the clone to turn into a hermaphrodite and may also damage the flowering plant. Some growers have dedicated mother plants only for taking cuttings, but this setup takes up a lot of space and materials—you’ll need to keep the mother plant alive, but you won’t get any buds off it because it’ll always stay in the vegetative stage. Some growers find it hard to justify devoting time, energy, and space to plants that won’t produce buds. If your grow space is tight, this might not be the best setup. Another method growers employ is to take cuttings off a set of mother plants before they flower, then flip the mothers into the flowering stage. The next generation of clones is grown, and when those get big enough, cuttings will be taken from those before getting flipped into flower. Because clones are genetically identical, each generation will be an exact copy of the first-generation mother and all subsequent mothers. Cannabis mother plants guarantee genetic consistency, so each new generation of clones taken will have the same taste, flavor, effects, and other characteristics. Clones will also generally grow at the same rate as the mother, produce a similar quality product, and grow with the same vigor, allowing you to dial in your process and really get to know how to grow that particular weed plant. Clones also guarantee that all of your weed plants are females, so you don’t have to spend time growing from seed, sexing plants, and discarding males. What to look for in a mother plant…
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How to Clone Cannabis: 13 Steps (with Pictures) – wikiHow Download Article Download Article What are cannabis clones? Clones are just cuttings from established cannabis plants, which are called “mother plants.” For beginners and experienced growers alike, growing from clones offers a variety of benefits. You have total control over the plant genetics you pick, and you don’t have to deal with the delicate seedling stage. In other words, it’s easier, faster, and more precise. Roll up your sleeves and let’s get started by taking your cuttings, rooting them, and finally transplanting your cannabis clones. 1 Pick a plant with a high yield. Since your clones will have the same genetics as the mother plant, you want your initial cuttings to come from hardy stock. Try to choose plants that you know produce a lot of buds and grow to your desired size and height. If your mother plant hasn’t flowered before, pick a plant with lots of branching. You can also consider the desired THC or CBD content in your clones and the aroma/flavor of the mother plant. Choose indica strains for cannabis with a calming, relaxing effect and sativa strains for an uplifting, energetic effect. 2 Take your cuttings from a plant in the vegetative stage. The vegetative stage begins when the plant is 3-4 weeks old, and the stage lasts for up to 16 weeks before the plant starts blooming. While you can technically take a cutting from any plant, plants in the flowering stage take weeks or even months longer to clone! Ideally, pick a mother plant that’s at least 5 weeks old from seedling and has multiple side shoots. If you pick a plant that’s too young, the cutting will have hollow inner walls, and it’ll quickly wilt. Advertisement 3 Choose straight branches with at least 3 nodes. Straight branches will be easier to grow in trays, and they won’t block light from other cuttings. For better rooting success, take your cuttings from the bottom of the plant (where the plant concentrates rooting hormones). To identify nodes, look for the areas where new growth (leaves and buds) shoot off from the plant. Pick cuttings that are about 6–10 inches (15–25 cm) long. 4 Use a knife to cut each branch at a 45° angle. Make your cut just below the 3rd node of the branch you want to take. Remove any leaves growing near the node closest to the bottom of your cutting. Getting rid of these leaves lets your plant retain more water. Knives or razors create a cleaner cut that does less damage to the stem than scissors. 5 Put your cuttings in water immediately. Place your cuttings into a jar of clean water to keep them hydrated. Water also prevents air bubbles from forming inside the stem. You can keep them in the jar for several hours if you need to harvest other cuttings. If you don’t immediately have water available, you can set the cuttings down on a clean glass or ceramic plate. It’s important to use clean materials to prevent fungus from attacking your delicate cuttings. Advertisement 1 Dip the cut ends in rooting hormone as soon as possible. Apply rooting hormone to the open ends of the plant just before you set them into their rooting medium. Rooting hormone encourages the plant to start producing root…
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Picture Guide to Cloning Marijuana | Grow Weed EasyWhat is a cannabis “clone?” What are the advantages of taking marijuana clones? Well, first of all, cloning is one of the easiest and fastest ways for cannabis growers to make many new (and basically free) weed plants at once!Cloning cannabis is the process of making a smaller copy of a specific cannabis plant. Basically, a clone is a little piece of plant that has been cut off (a “cutting”) from a parent plant and then given the opportunity to make roots of its own.Cannabis clones are cuttings from a marijuana plant – these cuttings make roots of their own and grow into an identical plant as the “mother!”Each cannabis clone has the same genes and is a genetic copy of its parent. That means if the parent of the clone is a female, you are guaranteed that all the clones taken from that cannabis plant will be female, too. Why do cannabis growers care about plant gender?Cloning cannabis lets you make dozens of (practically free) identical cannabis plants quickly! Save your favorite plants to grow again!Growers can take many clones of a single marijuana plant, and this is an easy way to get many plants that will grow the same way as the mother plant and produce buds with similar characteristics (smell, taste, potency, etc).For many cannabis growers, taking cuttings and cloning can be a great way of propagating a cannabis strain or a particularly nice cannabis plant without ever having to ever worry about male plants or making or buying seeds. Each clone is free!Like just about every important marijuana growing technique, there is controversy about the best way to clone cannabis plants. There are many effective techniques to clone plants and this tutorial will teach you how to clone today, but no matter what, cloning should only be used with the healthiest, most desirable plants you have. Although technically you can take a clone from any plant at almost any point in its life, you want to take clones of your best plants that have proven to be winners!Today I will walk you through the entire process of cloning marijuana, and clear up some of the myths and misinformation.Clones like warm, wet conditions.Think springtime.Your clones need to get their water through their leaves right now because their roots haven’t formed.That’s why a nice humid cloner works great, or you can mist your plants a few times a day until they start forming roots.Some growers will use a heating pad under their clones to help keep things warm.A little warmer than room temperature 72-77 °F (22-25 °C ) is perfect. Many automatic cloners come with a heat setting.Some growers don’t use any grow lights at all for the first 1-2 days while clones get settled. Other growers do give light right from the beginning. It’s common to leave new clones in a warm, bright area for the first day or two, for example with a relatively weak grow light like a CFL bulb.Leave your grow lights on an 18/6 (Light/Dark) for your new clones. Don’t give new clones 24 hours of light, without any dark periods. This can slow down the rooting process. Rooting seems to happen best when there’s some amount of darkness each day.The most important thing is to keep a close eye on your new clones until they’ve become well-establishedEach clone will grow into a full sized marijuana plant! beautiful cannabis cloning pics by B. ClementCloning Grow LightsFor the first 10 days and especially for the first 3-4 days, you don’t want to use full-strength light on your new clones.Clones want light from the beginning, but as they are focusing on making roots they don’t want a whole lot since they aren’t as strong as rooted plants!Cheap CFLs or other fluorescent grow lights like T5s are great cloning lights, as they’re not too intense. If you have just a…
Discover How to Clone Cannabis Plants & Other Methods
Discover How to Clone Cannabis Plants & Other Methods • LumiGrow Cloning, otherwise known as propagation, is the process of rooting cannabis cuttings. Cloning cannabis is a method of marijuana reproduction that produces a genetically identical plant to the mother plant where the clone came from. The goal of cloning cannabis cuttings is to promote fast and robust root growth while preserving the plant’s genetics. Other types of propagation include seed and cannabis tissue culture methods. This article will show you the most popular ways to reproduce cannabis plants and help you get started growing cannabis starter plants for your garden in no time! What is cannabis cloning and why should you clone your cannabis plants? Cannabis growers use the term cloning to refer to the process of asexual reproduction that takes cuttings from a mother plant to create numerous young plants. This process is most often used when you have desirable traits that you would like to reproduce (i.e. favorable cannabinoid profile or yield that you want to reproduce). Cloning cannabis is a quick and effective way to scale up the traits of your desired plant genetics so that you can more easily manage your garden. In other agricultural sectors, this method of reproduction is called cutting propagation. How to promote successful rooting when cloning cannabis There are two steps to cloning cannabis cuttings. First, you want to prepare the cannabis plant by using a process called wounding. Next, you simply plant the cannabis cutting in your soil or grow media, using a process called sticking. To wound your cannabis plant, remove a small amount of epidermal tissue from the plant’s stem. This way the undifferentiated cells can more readily grow into roots. In a study of clonal propagation of cannabis conducted in growth chambers at Ryerson University, researchers found that wounded stems of three cannabis sativa varieties were 162% more likely to root than unwounded stems of the same varieties. The technique involved scraping epidermal tissue from the bottom 5 centimeters of clone stems using a clean sharp scalpel. Two of the three varieties tested in the study rooted 1.5 days faster than the unwounded stems of the same variety. The cuttings were not treated with a rooting hormone. Setting up your environment to clone cannabis cuttings Young plants are extremely sensitive to their environment. Light, humidity, and temperature must be managed closely to keep your plants healthy before moving them to the vegetative growth stage, where they become more resilient to their environment. After you stick your cannabis cuttings, you must treat them with low light intensity and a mild but humid environment. We recommend setting your light intensity to 100 μmol·m−2·s−1, your humidity to 100% and a temperature between 60° to 70°F (16° to 21°C). Once the plant’s roots emerge in about 4 to 7 days, you can safely increase light levels to 150-200 μmol·m−2·s−1 and decrease your humidity to 80%. Light Spectrum for Cannabis Cuttings Once your cuttings have developed roots, applying a light treatment with a high ratio of blue to red light can enhance root growth. Many studies have shown the benefits of blue light for root development in a range of crops. We recommend a light treatment of 65% red light, 30% blue, and 5% white to create a fully developed rootstock before moving to the vegetative growth stage. Alternative Methods to Cloning Cannabis Seed propagation and tissue culture are the two other methods of marijuana propagation being used today. In seed propagation, also called seed production, male and female plants are bred to produce seeds with the purpose of growing cannabis starter plants. Different from cloning,…
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How to clone a cannabis plant Growing cannabis with feminized seeds can produce excellent results, but seeds are, by their nature, unreliable. No matter how stellar a seed bank’s reputation, there’s no way to know for sure what phenotype different seeds will express. Luckily, there is a way for cannabis growers to take all of the guesswork out of cultivation: cannabis clones. ➤ Easily grow your own cannabis at home. All you need is seeds. No, this isn’t something out of a sci-fi novel. In fact, cloning is an indispensable part of commercial cannabis cultivation. Although mastering cannabis cloning takes a bit of practice, no cultivator will regret adding this technique to their skillset. A cannabis clone in a rock wool cube (Tyson Anderson/123rf) What is a cannabis clone? A cannabis clone is exactly what it sounds like — a genetic copy of an existing cannabis plant. To create a clone, the grower will snip off a branch (aka “a cutting”) from a female plant that has proven to be a worthy mother plant and then put it in a growing medium to help encourage root development. Once the clone’s roots are strong enough, it can be transplanted into soil and will continue to grow and develop just like the original marijuana plant. You will soon notice this clone expressing the same traits as its mother plant. Why would anyone want to clone cannabis? You may be wondering why people would go through all the trouble of clipping and cloning a cannabis plant. After all, isn’t it more “natural” to start with high quality seeds? While seed propagation may be in line with Mother Nature, there are many advantages to cloning a mother plant. Most significantly, clones are more reliable than seeds. Since these clones are genetic copies of the original mother plant, cultivators know what to expect in terms of potency, appearance, sex, and growing pattern. Using clones from healthy mother plants takes a lot of the guesswork out of growing. [Note: even clones of a female mother can actually turn into hermaphrodites when put under too much stress — rare, but worth noting.] In addition to reliability, clones are cheaper than seeds. Instead of investing in a batch of seeds that may or may not germinate, you can clip clones for free. Plus, clones don’t have to go through a germination or seedling stage, which significantly cuts down on growing time. What should growers look for in a mother plant? Make sure you’re choosing a strong and healthy plant as your prospective mother plant. (The Cannigma / Anthony Travagliante) The mother plant is the cannabis plant from which you will take a clipping. Since your clones will share your mother plant’s genome, you must choose the highest quality cannabis in your garden. If you select a sickly strain, it will be impossible to remove those undesirable traits from your clones. Let’s go over a few ground rules that must be followed to make sure your clones will become strong and potent plants. Make sure your mother plant is indeed a mother.Too many beginners have made the mistake of cloning a plant too early, only to find out that they actually cloned a male plant. The easiest way to check the sex of your plants is to scan the nodes between your plant’s stalk and branches. Female plants will always have long hair-like structures known as “stigma.” Unsurprisingly, male plants will have “balls” of pollen. Hermaphrodites will have both stigma and pollen sacs. Never use a mother plant that was grown from feminized seeds.While feminized seeds are fantastic for growers that don’t want to deal with male plants pollinating their crop, they’re terrible for prospective clones. Plants that were grown from feminized seeds have a higher chance of turning into hermaphrodites when they are stressed. The constant pruning and long vegetative cycle (more on that later) put a lot of stress on your mother plant and you want to make sure…
How to Clone Marijuana Plants – Beginners Guide
Cloning Cannabis: How to Clone Marijuana Plants – Beginners Guide Cloning sounds scientific and inaccessible. To an extent, it is, even when the word refers to cannabis cultivation and not the thing scientists occasionally do to sheep. But there are reasons most large-scale cannabis producers rely heavily on cloned plants for their production. Predictability. Quality. Speed of production. Profit. It’s a method of growing that works, both for cannabis and other forms of commercial plant production. It also doesn’t have to be inaccessible. In this article, we look at what cloning is and how it can be done at the beginner level. Marijuana Clones: What are they? A cannabis clone is a specimen that is genetically identical to the mother plant. The process is usually done in large cannabis cultivation efforts. The motivation is simple: when cannabis producers have a dependable mother plant, they want to be able to cultivate it quickly, and predictably over multiple generations. Cloning allows for this by creating conditions that are as consistent as possible even over long periods. Cloning differs from regular plant reproduction in that seeds have their own unique genetic code. Most home growers reach for seeds because they are more accessible, while industrial-sized operations are more dependent on clones for their speed and predictability. Marijuana Mother Plants Marijuana cloning materials are harvested from the mother plant—the prime producer in the cannabis cultivation lineup. The idea is to find a healthy plant, with good genetic materials that you want to be replicated, generation after generation. To be successful in your cloning efforts, it’s important to set up the mother plant correctly, and start at the right time. Marijuana mother plant setup The idea is to have a healthy, well-groomed mother plant. Remember that the job of a mother plant is to produce branches that can be removed and cloned later on. Before you are ready to do that, make sure the plant is regularly pruned, well-watered, and receiving lots of light. Your setup should be geared towards bringing out the very best in your plant’s genetics so that there will be good stuff to pass on to the “next” generation of plants. How old should a mother plant be before cloning? The general range for when you should start cloning is between 4-8 weeks in. At this point, the plant has reached its vegetative stage. Most of its energy is going into producing leaves and branches that will make for good cloning materials. During this stage, the more you clip and clone, the harder the plant will work to produce more branches and leaves, creating a mutually beneficial scenario for you and the mother plant itself. Cloning can still be done after the eight weeks have elapsed, depending on the plant. It should not be done before four weeks, as this can stifle the plant’s ability to grow healthy. Cannabis Cloning Supplies Cannabis cloning does require tools. To get the job done you will need: Scissors: Scissors are used to cut branches from the mother plant. These clippings will serve as the base for your new plants, so it is important to invest in scissors that can produce a clean cut. As with any gardening tools, it is important to wash your scissors carefully in scalding water before applying them to your mother plant. Razor: A razor can be used to prune the branches once they have been harvested and divided up. Technically, you can accomplish the same thing with scissors….
How To Clone Cannabis Plants | Green Flower News
How To Clone Cannabis Plants If you are reading this article, the chances are high that you are just starting to embark on the very rewarding journey of becoming a cannabis cultivator, or that you’re very new to cultivation. Either way, learning how to clone cannabis is a great place to start. Growing cannabis indoors or outdoors is one of the most worthwhile endeavors that someone can pursue. Whether you are cultivating cannabis for medical use, adult use, or just for the fun of it, trust that you are in for an amazing time because the cannabis plant is one of the most fun plants on Earth to cultivate. Whereas many other plants take a very long time to show signs of new life, the cannabis plant, when cultivated properly, can grow very quickly and provide daily gratification. Plus, if you are cultivating cannabis for consumption, there is obviously a fantastic reward in the form of cannabis flower after the harvest is complete. However, before you get to the point of reaping that reward, you will first have to start at step one. Starting from a cannabis seed is a good idea for those who have experience cultivating other plants from seed, and/or have time to get the seed to germinate and grow to the point when it can be transplanted. For those who want to speed up the process, using a cannabis clone is likely a better route. It’s also a much better route for ensuring that the plant is female. What Is A Cannabis Clone? For those who are new to cannabis cultivation, a cannabis “clone” is a genetically identical cutting from parent plants. The process involves cutting a small branch from an already established cannabis plant, often referred to as a “mother plant,” getting it to establish its own root system, and thus become its own cannabis plant. It is important for beginner cannabis cultivators to know the process behind what goes into cloning a cannabis plant so that when they get a clone, they know what they are acquiring. Also, it’s a great way to share cannabis genetics. If you find a cannabis cultivar you love and don’t want to see it go away post-harvest, cloning cannabis plants ensures your cultivar can stay around to be enjoyed again and again. The Cloning Process The first step in the cannabis cloning process is to locate a healthy parent plant. If you do not have one in your possession, you will need to find a kind friend who does. Be advised that you should only take clones from a mother plant that is in the vegetative or veg stage, not the flowering stage. The next step is to find a branch on the cannabis plant that is suitable for cloning. Specifically, you will want to look for a branch that has new growth with at least a few sub-branches coming off of it. You do not want to cut a branch that is too big and established because it will likely not become a rooted clone. Conversely, you do not want to cut a tiny branch because you want the eventual rooted clone to be strong enough to become a large, healthy plant. Look for a branch segment that is 8-10 inches long. When you find a branch that is suitable, cut the branch off and make sure to not leave a ‘stub’ — make sure the cut is flush with the larger branch you’re removing it from, otherwise the original plant…
Cloning a Weed Plant – The Best Guide for Beginners!
Cloning a Weed Plant – The Best Guide for Beginners! – Elevate Holistics Have you ever cloned a weed plant? If not, don’t worry! It’s easier than it seems, and in addition to that, it’s a really cost-effective way to expand your cannabis farm. Here is how it is done — explained by our friends over at GreenBudGuru. Cloning a Marijuana Plant – What Does It Mean? What is cloning? In short, it is a process during which a part of a marijuana plant is used to grow another marijuana plant. The term clone is used due to the fact that the entire process leads to the creation of a copy of the original plant. It has a number of considerable benefits, making it incredibly popular among cannabis growers. It’s easy. In fact, it is one of the easiest ways to grow marijuana plants. Firstly, it does not require many materials. Secondly, it can be done by a total beginner. Cloning is cost-effective. It protects you from having to get your hands on fresh seeds. You just need to keep on cloning the plants that you have already bought! It’s efficient. Once you start cloning your plants, the number of marijuana plants that you own will increase drastically, which is great news! The more plants you have, the more buds you will get by the end of the season. Cloning cannabis is less time-consuming. It is safe to say that cloning helps significantly shorten the growth process of a cannabis plant. It’s satisfying. Cloning allows you to grow weed with the exact high and taste that you are used to. Nothing is left up to chance! What Will You Need? To clone a marijuana plant, you will need sharp garden shears, rubber gloves, potting soil, a pot, foam cups, rooting hormone, and a transparent plastic cover for the pot. Other than that, get your hands on a cutting that is at least two inches long. Ideally, it should be a leafy and healthy branch cut during the plant’s flowering phase. Getting to Work! For starters, you should dip the stem of the cutting in the rooting hormone. It will shorten the rooting time and ensure that the roots are strong. It is really important, as the plant will not be able to support itself without strong roots. Next, plant the stem an inch deep in potting soil and pack the soil around the stem. If you are planting a few stems, they need to be at least three inches apart. Once that is done, put the plastic cover on the pot. This will help protect the fragile plant. It is worth noting that marijuana plants need consistent moisture to get through the next stage of their growth cycle. Because of that, you should check the humidity levels of the soil on a regular basis. If everything was done correctly, the roots of the cloned plants should be two to four inches long in two to five weeks. Once the cannabis plants reach this stage of development, they should be transferred to separate pots, which will become their permanent homes. At The End of The Day… To conclude, cloning a marijuana plant is a great and cost-effective way to get a marijuana plant that will produce the kind of weed you like best. Fortunately, it is not that difficult to learn. It might force you to experiment with different methods and tools, but in the end, it is definitely worth the hassle! When growing marijuana, make sure you double-check with your state laws to ensure you’re doing it lawfully. Every state has different regulations surrounding cannabis cultivation — and we have all the resources to help you understand…