Looking to make some cannabis clones? Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to do just that.
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Cannabis clones are cuttings taken from a mother plant that are used to create new, identical plants. Clones can be taken from any stage of the plant’s life cycle, but they are typically taken from vegetative growth so that they can be immediately transplanted and put into flower. Clones are an easy way to create new plants that are guaranteed to be female, and they can be a helpful tool for growers who want to ensure genetic uniformity in their crop.
Taking clones is a simple process, but it does require some special equipment and supplies. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about taking cannabis clones, including how to take them, how to care for them, and how to grow them into healthy adult plants.
What are Cannabis Clones?
Cannabis clones are simply baby cannabis plants that have been cut from a mother plant and then grown in their own medium. Clones are not seeded and will therefore grow to be identical to the mother plant in terms of genetics, meaning they will have the same sex, flower type and Cannabinoid profile. Because clones are clones of the “parent” female cannabis plant, they will also be female 99.9% of the time.
How to Make Cannabis Clones
Cannabis clones are asexually reproduced copies of a mother plant. Making clones is a quick and easy way to produce many identical plants from one mother plant. The process of making clones is simple and only requires a few supplies. In this article, we will go over how to make cannabis clones.
Step One: Prepare Your Grow Space
To get started, you’ll need to prepare your grow space. Cannabis clones do best when they have plenty of space to spread out, so if you’re growing in a small closet or cabinet, you may want to consider starting with just a few clones. You’ll also need to make sure that your grow space has adequate ventilation and lighting. Clones need a gentle breeze to stay healthy, so a small fan placed near your plants is a good idea. As for lighting, clones do best under fluorescent bulbs, but you can also use LED lights.
Step Two: Choose Your Donor Plant
Now that you have your supplies, it’s time to choose a donor plant.
The best donor plants are those that are vigorous and healthy, with no signs of disease or stress. The ideal time to take clones from a plant is when it is in the vegetative stage of growth, as this is when the plant is putting out the most new growth.
You can take clones from flowering plants, but they will not root as easily or as quickly. If you do take clones from a flowering plant, make sure to remove any flowers or buds from the stem before you attempt to root it.
Step Three: Take Your Cutting
Now that you have your medium and your clones ready, it’s time to take your cutting. For this stage, you’ll need a sharp knife or pair of scissors. You’ll want to make a clean cut just below the node of the plant you’re taking your cutting from. It’s important to make a clean cut because this is where the clone will form its roots.
Once you have your cutting, you’ll want to dip the end of it in rooting hormone. This will help encourage root growth. You can find rooting hormone at most gardening stores.
After dipping your cutting in rooting hormone, you’ll want to place it in your clone medium. Make sure that theclone is buried deep enough so that it doesn’t fall over. You can use a pencil or your finger to create a small hole for the clone before placing it in the media.
Step Four: Prepare Your Cutting
The fourth and final step in how to make cannabis clones is to prepare your cutting. You will need to cut a healthy shoot from the plant with a sharp knife or shears, taking care not to damage the main stem. The cutting should be about four inches long, with two or three leaves at the top.
Once you have cut your shoot, you will need to remove the lower leaves so that only the top leaves are remaining. You can then dip the cut end of the shoot in rooting hormone, which will encourage root growth.
Finally, you will need to plant your cutting in soil or a grow medium such as rock wool. Be sure to water regularly and keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Your cutting shouldroot within two weeks.
Step Five: Plant Your Cutting
After your clones have had a chance to develop some roots, it’s time to plant them in their final home. You can use soil, coco coir, or another type of growing medium. Make sure that the pots you use have drainage holes in the bottom so that the roots don’t become waterlogged.
Fill each pot with your chosen growing medium and then make a small hole in the center. Gently insert the clone into the hole and then fill in around the base of the cutting, tamping down lightly. Water each clone well and then place them in a warm, humid place out of direct sunlight.
Be sure to keep an eye on your clones and water them as needed so that the soil stays moist but not soggy. In general, it’s a good idea to water once per day or every other day. Your clones should be ready to transplant into their final location after 2-4 weeks.
Step Six: Water and Wait
Once your clones have been transplanted, it’s time to water them in. Be sure to use distilled water or reverse osmosis water if possible, as chlorinated tap water can harm young plants. Water each clone thoroughly, then wait a few hours to see if they need more water. They should be kept moist but not soggy.
Once your clones are established, you can begin feeding them a very dilute solution of nutrient-rich water. Slowly increase the concentration of nutrients over the course of a few weeks until they are receiving the same strength of nutrients as your adult plants.
That’s it! You now know how to make cannabis clones. Remember, the key to success is to take your time and be patient. Don’t try to rush the process, or you may end up with weak or unhealthy clones. With a little practice, you’ll be able to produce strong, healthy clones that are perfect for growing into beautiful plants.