Cloning Cannabis – Everything You Need To Know
Cloning cannabis is simply the art of cutting a part of the cannabis plant and allowing new roots to grow that eventually stabilizes enough to become a complete replica of the original donor.
The reason this is possible is because each cell of the individual plant contains all the vital coding information needed to reconstruct the plant from the ground up, basically a complete copy of the blueprints of the original plant.
The following information will provide you everything you need to cut the plant, and then root it to a different location where it will eventually become a perfect replica of the mother plant.
You now have the information in your hands to generate an infinite number of genetic copies if the conditions are ideal:
Why Would Anyone Want to Clone Their Cannabis Plant?
Cloning your cannabis is basically known as asexual reproduction. These cannabis clones are simply rooted cuttings identical to the mother plant they were taken from.
The benefits to cloning your weed are numerous, not only is it a cost-effective way to keep your inventory full, you are in control of the weed sustainability and stability.
Through the cloning process, you create exact harvests of all your best-performing plants. If you find a strain that is particularly enjoyable like indica or sativa, through the cloning cannabis process, you can enjoy that strain for as long as you like.
Rather than taking a chance with new plants like an albino strain or a new cannabis source, now you have the ability to grow the best of the best and get the exact same results each time you smoke.
Through cloning, the genetics of future plants are identical, the characteristics the same, it is like making photocopies of your best stash for as long as you like.
If you follow along with our cutting and rooting tips, you have the ability to create as many harvests of the same strain without having to purchase or start the process from new seeds.
Cloning Cannabis from Your Garden
To get started cloning cannabis from your garden, you need to choose the right plants first or the process will not be a success.
We need to select a mother plant for cloning that looks sturdy, healthy and is approximately two months into the vegetative cycle.
If you start cutting the plants at this stage, you have an excellent chance of these cutting rooting more effectively.
Before we get clipping, make sure you have at the ready a sharp razor for cutting, some water, a rooting medium, and the rooting hormone.
Step by Step Cloning Cannabis Preparation Guide
1. Make certain you do not fertilize the plant you plan to cut for at least a few days before clipping. This will ensure that the nitrogen has worked itself out of the cannabis leaves.
2. Be sure to be working in a sterile environment. Try not to agitate the mother plant or new cuttings.
3. Try to choose lower branches on the mother plant to cut, they tend to be healthier and sturdier. Make your cutting approximately 10 inches long with a few nodes present.
4. Make certain that you are making the cut with a sharp razor as close to the stem as you can. We like to use a 45-degree angle cut to increase the surface area of the rooting space which in turn promotes faster growth.
5. Now place the new cuttings immediately into your water source to prevent any air bubbles from forming inside the stem. These bubbles are bad for growth because they will prevent any water from being absorbed up the weed stem and will be deadly to your clone.
6. Once you have several cuttings in the water source, clip the leaves to support photosynthesis and also create a sanitary environment for the rooting process to begin.
7. Clip fan leaves halfway down the stem with sharp scissors. Cut any leaves towards the bottom so none are touching the growing medium. This extra manicuring will help with water and nutrient uptake, as well as keeping the leaves from touching each other.
8. Dip the fresh stems into a rooting hormone. Rooting powders and gels provide extra support and will eventually promote a healthier growing environment. After a dip in some rooting hormone, transfer clones to final rooting medium.
If you would like to see the process from beginning to end, check out this amazing weed cloning video so you are better up to speed with where we are at this point:
Choosing the Right Rooting Medium
Rooting mediums are really a matter of preference here. Let us take a closer look at some of the popular schools of thought when it comes to the right rooting medium.
If you are going to use soil as the rooting medium, choose one that has low nutrients and make certain the soil is watered properly or the roots could die in the first few days.
Rockwell is a great alternative to the soil, provides a safe and healthy environment for cannabis cloning due to the perfect moisture retention and airflow.
Rooting in water is simple and very effective. There are no rooting hormones required here, just drop the cuttings into the water source and keep them there until you see roots and new growth.
Regardless which rooting medium you choose, make certain the clones are getting plenty of light and humidity.
The Key to Transplanting Your Cloned Roots
The way that we know when our roots are ready is when you see new vegetative growth on the clones.
To start moving the clones to larger containers, it requires the same sanitation and care you used at the beginning of this process.
The key here is to not agitate or shock the plant during this process, slow and steady certainly wins the race here.
After you make the transfer successfully and your clones begin to blossom, this process will get easier for you. For more plants, grow tents can come in handy.
By facilitating this successful cloning regiment, you do wonders for the cannabis garden by saving you money and time while ensuring a consistent crop.
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