If you’ve been growing for awhile, then you’ve undoubtedly had the perfect strain come across your lap that produced best quality yield you’ve ever had. You regret not cloning it then, and now you’ve got another plant that’s as good or better than the other one.
Rather than missing another opportunity, you decide to clone your prized plant. Well, before you go crazy basing your process on what you’ve heard, here’s a quick step-by-step guide to cloning.
The Mother plant
The plant that you want to clone isn’t always the plant that you should clone, and there are a few considerations to make when deciding which plant is best.
- Make sure the plant you want to clone is a female since male plants don’t produce buds.
- To help maintain the quality of your overall yield before cloning, rid the crop of any male plants before pollination. Cross-pollination will decrease the quality of the crop.
- Choose a healthy mother plant, one with a taste and aroma that you’re fond of. Make sure the plant is strong enough to handle the cloning process and isn’t weak or dying.
- If you’re going for a high yield rather than a quality yield, then that’s another consideration when deciding which plant to choose.
Once you’ve chosen your mother plant, you can begin cutting.
When you’ve found the right plant, you’ll need to take cuttings. Be sure to do this when the mother plant is not flowering and is quite healthy, having roughly six nodes. You’ll need a sharp blade or scissors, and you will need to sterilize the tool with alcohol to prevent the spread of disease. Pick a low branch and cut about a quarter of an inch below the node at a 45-degree angle. Also be sure to water your plant before you take any cuttings.
Before planting your cutting, it will need to grow roots. Do this by placing the cutting in a small cup of water and placing a plastic bag over the top. Once the roots have grown to about one to three inches, you can transfer the clones into the soil. You can now grow the clones as you would a traditional plant, making sure to use the right grow lights, plant support mesh, nutrients, and anything else you need.
When deciding how to grow your new plants, consider a hydroponic system equipped with grow lights. Hydroponic setups will use less water and grow two to three times faster than traditional outdoor plants. Be sure to properly care for your clones so they can grow to be as healthy and beneficial as the mother plant.
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