How to Propagate Cannabis for Beginners

Are you a beginner when it comes to propagating cannabis? Then this blog is for you! Learn everything you need to know to get started with propagating cannabis plants.

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Cannabis is a versatile plant that can be grown indoors or outdoors, in soil or in hydroponic systems, and as a bushy indica or tall sativa. And despite its reputation as a mainstay of the illegal drug trade, cannabis is also an attractive and fast-growing ornamental plant. Growing your own cannabis plants from cuttings, also known as “clones,” is the fastest and most reliable way to produce new plants identical to the parent. Clones are easy to grow if you follow a few simple rules.

Here are some things you’ll need to get started:
-Cannabis clones
-Peat moss or coco coir
-Rockwool cubes or plugs
-Humidity dome
-Propagation nutrients

The Different Methods of Propagating Cannabis

There are many methods of propagating cannabis, but not all of them are easy for beginners. In this article, we will go over the different methods of propagating cannabis so that you can choose the best one for your needs.


Cloning is a bit more complicated than the previous two methods, but it has its own benefits as well. Cloning allows you to take a cutting from a female mother plant and turn it into an identical copy. This is great if you have found a phenotype (a certain marijuana plant) that you really like and want to grow more of it. It’s also useful if you want to create plants that are exact replicas of each other so you can grow them in an outdoor setting and know that they will all flower at the same time.

Here is a step-by-step guide to cloning cannabis:
1. Start with a healthy female mother plant that is at least 3 weeks into its vegetative stage.
2. Use a sharp knife or pair of scissors to take a cutting from the mother plant. The cutting should be 4-6 inches long and should include 2-3 sets of leaves.
3. Remove the lower leaves from the cutting so that you are left with 2-3 sets of leaves at the top.
4. Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone powder or gel. This will help encourage roots to grow.
5. Place the stem cutting into a container of water and wait for roots to grow, which can take 1-2 weeks.
6. Once roots have grown, transplant the clone into soil or another growing medium like coco coir .

Seed Germination

The first step of propagating cannabis is seed germination. For this process, you will need 3 things: water, air, and heat. You can use a number of different methods to provide these three things to your seeds, but the most common method is to use a paper towel.

To use the paper towel method, first wet the paper towel until it is damp but not soaked through. Then, fold the paper towel in half so that it forms a square, and place the seeds in the center of the square. Fold the paper towel over the seeds so that they are completely covered, and then place the paper towel on a plate. Put the plate in a warm place out of direct sunlight, and check on the seeds daily to make sure they are still moist.

Once your seeds have germinated (which usually takes 3-7 days), you can move on to planting them.

Choosing the Right Cannabis Strain to Propagate

Now that you know the ins and outs of propagating cannabis, it’s time to choose the right strain to grow. Not all strains are created equal when it comes to propagation—some are easier to grow from clones, while others root better from seed. To make things easy on yourself, choose a strain that is known for being easy to grow. Some good beginner strains for clones include Blue Dream, Granddaddy Purple, and Northern Lights. For seeds, tryGirl Scout Cookies, OG Kush, or White Widow.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cloning Cannabis

When you’re ready to clone your cannabis plant, you’ll need to take a cutting from a “mother” plant. This is a plant that is healthy and has been well-cared for, so that you can be sure the clone will be strong and vibrant.

To take a cutting:

1. Use a sharp, clean knife or pair of scissors to take a 5-6 inch cutting from the tip of a branch on the mother plant. Make sure to cut at a 45-degree angle.
2. Remove any lower leaves on the cutting, leaving 2-4 leaves at the top.
3. Dip the cut end of the branch in rooting hormone powder or gel. This will help encourage root growth.
4. Fill a small pot or container with well-draining soil mix or coco coir and perlite. Wet the mix until it is damp but not soggy.
5. Make a small hole in the soil mix with your finger or a small stick. Gently insert the cut end of the branch into the hole, making sure that only the upper leaves are above ground level. Firmly press the soil mix around the stem to secure it in place.
6. Place your potted cutting in an area that receives indirect light and keep the soil mix moist but not soggy while roots begin to form, which can take anywhere from 7-14 days. Once roots have formed and new growth appears, you can transplant yourclone into a larger pot or into your garden bed!

Tips for Successfully Propagating Cannabis

Cannabis propagation is the process of creating new plants from cuttings or clones. It’s a simple and efficient way to grow your own cannabis at home, and it’s also a great way to preserve your favorite strains.

Here are a few tips to help you successfully propagate cannabis:

Choose healthy, disease-free mother plants.
Take cuttings or clones from the uppermost, most vigorous part of the plant.
Use sharp, sterile tools.
Make sure your cutting has plenty of leaf surface area for successful rooting.
Start with clean containers and fresh, well-aerated growing medium.
Maintain high humidity and bottom heat for optimal results.


In conclusion, propagate cannabis is not difficult, but there are some things you need to know before you start. Make sure you have the right conditions and materials, and take your time. With a little patience and practice, you’ll be able to propagate cannabis like a pro!

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