Cloning is a great option both for first-time growers and experienced cultivators. Our guide will help you clone your perfect strain step by step.
Every seed taken from a single plant is always a little bit different, so their properties may vary. Clones, however, have the DNA of the mother plant and demonstrate the same quality as the mother does. That is why all commercial grows chose clones. Moreover, clones provide more harvest in less time.
The best place for choosing your perfect plant is a dispensary. While searching your perfect strain, pay attention to the two signs of a healthy and promising clone—leaf structure and developing root system.
First of all, prepare your equipment: sterilizing solution, razor or scissors, cloning powder or gel, starter cubes, CFL’s, and an incubator. You need to choose a mother plant that is not in the flowering mode. The lower you cut on the mother, the more hormones there will be in the clone. You need to take about 5-10-inch cutting. Then immediately place your cutting into the water to avoid air contamination. Remove lower leaves, put the cutting into your rooting solution, and pop it into the starter cube.
Taking care of clones has some differences compared to seedlings. Although clones are small, they can begin to flower almost immediately. To prevent this from happening, outdoor cultivators usually wait until days are longer before taking them outside.
Clones that are cultivated indoors cannot handle full-strength lights at first. It is a great idea to move them away from strong lights to about 30 inches or use CFL’s during the initial period. Be sure you have started with an 18-hour light cycle, moving to a 24-hour one in about three weeks.
Successful cloning can save you a lot of time and money, providing you with a good harvest with the needed properties.For further information, you can read our in-depth guide on cloning cannabis.