This guide will show you how to take clones from a cannabis plant so that you can grow more plants. Clones are an easy and efficient way to grow cannabis, and they also allow you to keep your favorite strains going.
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What are clones?
Clones are simply cuttings taken from a “mother plant” that is known to produce excellent genetics. These cuttings are then rooted and grown into new plants that will be identical to the mother. Clones are an important part of cannabis cultivation as they allow growers to preserve prized genetics and ensure uniformity in their crop.
Cannabis clones are typically taken from female plants as they are the ones that produce the sought-after buds. To take a clone, a grower will select a healthy branch from the mother plant and cut it at a 45-degree angle just below a node (where the leaves branch out). The cutting is then placed in a rooting medium such as rockwool or coco coir where it will develop roots and become a new plant.
Once the clone has rooted, it can be transplanted into its final growing medium and given the same care as any other cannabis plant. After a few weeks, the clone will be indistinguishable from its mother and should begin to flower when lighting conditions change or it is exposed to 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness (known as flowering trigger).
Clones can be taken at any time during the vegetative stage but taking them early on will result in smaller plants. It’s best to wait until the mother plant has developed several strong branches before taking clones. This will give you more material to work with and increase your chances of success.
Why take clones?
Clones are basically identical genetic copies of a “mother” plant. So, if you have a plant that produces really great buds, you can take cuttings from that plant and grow them into new plants that will also produce great buds.
Clones are also a good way to preserve rare or unusual strains of cannabis. For example, there might only be a handful of plants in the world with a particular set of genes, and if those plants are destroyed, the strain would be lost forever. But if someone takes clones from those plants and grows them into new plants, the strain can be preserved.
Taking clones is also a good way to “hedge your bets” so to speak. If you have several plants and you’re not sure which one is going to produce the best buds, you can take clones from all of them and then grow them all out. That way, you’re sure to end up with at least one really great plant!
Last but not least, taking clones is just plain fun! It’s a bit like playing “God” – you get to create new life!
How to take clones
A cannabis clone is a cutting taken from a mother plant and used to create a new, identical plant. Clones are an easy and efficient way to propagate your favorite strains and ensure that you always have a nice, healthy supply of plants on hand. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to take clones from your mother plants.
Cut the branch with a sharp knife or pair of scissors
To take a cannabis clone, you will need to cut a branch from the mother plant. The ideal time to do this is when the plant is in the vegetative stage and actively growing. Use a sharp knife or pair of scissors to make a clean cut at an angle just below a node (the area where leaves branch out from the stem).Try to avoid damaging the stem or leaves.
Dip the cut end of the branch in rooting hormone
There are a few things you need to do to take clones:
1. Choose a healthy, non-flowering branch from the mother plant. Cut the branch at a 45-degree angle, about 4 inches below a node (where the leaves attach to the stem).
2. Dip the cut end of the branch in rooting hormone.
3. Fill a cloning tray with moistened grow media. Place the cuttings in the tray, making sure that the nodes are in contact with the media.
4. Cover the tray with a humidity dome or plastic wrap and place it in a warm, sunny location. Keep the media moist but not soggy by misting it regularly with water.
5. In 3-4 weeks, roots will begin to form and new growth will appear on the clones. At this point, they can be transplanted into individual pots filled with potting mix.
Place the branch in a container of water or moist soil
To take a cannabis clone, you will need:
-Cannabis branch with several healthy leaves
-Sharp knife or pair of scissors
-Small cup or container of water or moist soil
Choose a branch that is about 6 inches long and has several healthy leaves. Cut the branch at a 45 degree angle just below a node (where the leaves attach to the stem). Place the branch in a small cup or container of water or moist soil. The clone should be placed in indirect light and kept at room temperature until it develops roots, which can take up to 2 weeks. Once the clone has roots, it can be transplanted into soil or another growing medium.
Monitor the progress of the clone
You should check on the progress of your clones every day. The first couple of days are crucial, as the clone is adjusting to its new surroundings and figuring out how to feed itself. After a week or so, you should start to see new growth. Once the clone has adjusted, it will start to grow rapidly. Keep an eye out for any problems, such as pests or disease, and address them promptly.
To ensure that your clone is getting enough light, monitor the length of the leaves. If they are stretched out and lanky, this is a sign that the plant is not getting enough light. Clone leaves should be short and compact. If your clone’s leaves are yellowing or falling off, this could be a sign of stress due to too much or too little water, a lack of nutrients, or too much heat or cold.
To gauge whether your clone is getting enough water, check the soil daily. The soil should be moist but not soggy. If it feels dry to the touch, give the clone a drink. Remember that clones are very sensitive to overwatering, so err on the side of caution. If you think your clone may be overwatered, allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.
If you are using an artificial lighting system, monitor the light intensity and adjust as needed so that theclone isn’t getting burned by too much light or isn’t etting enough light for proper growth.