Some cannabis cultivators will tell you that growing from seed really is the only way to grow. They have their own unique (and sometimes creative) explanations as to why, but they consider seeds the best way to grow cannabis.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have those who swear by clones - aka cuttings. Again, all with their own unique explanations as to why they prefer this approach to cultivation.
In any case, growing cannabis using clones isn’t nearly as popular as growing from seeds. Nevertheless, it can be a great way of taking what you have and making the most of it. Ultimately, cloning cannabis is a little like Xeroxing your weed - taking one plant and making a bunch of identical copies.
Hence, why not clone your own cannabis plants?
The Benefits of Cloning Cannabis
If you already have one or more cannabis plants you’re proud of, it simply makes sense to make the most of them.
One of the biggest benefits of cloning being the way it naturally opens the door to crop rotation. While one batch of plants is flowering, another is in the vegetative stage, and the cycle continues indefinitely. Rather than harvest once per cycle, this essentially means you get two harvests during the same period of time.
In addition, cloning can be significantly faster and easier than starting again from a cannabis seed. Again, if you’d like to make a bunch of ‘copies’ of your existing plants, cloning really is the way to go. It’s also free, which is an even bigger bonus.
How to Clone Cannabis Plants
As for the process itself, cloning cannabis plants doesn’t have to be particularly difficult. You’ll need to ensure you have the right equipment and approach the job carefully, but no specialist skills or experience are necessary.
Follow the basic guidelines outlined below and you’ll be on your way to cloned cannabis in no time:
1.Right off the bat, you need to select a mother plant that is in the best possible condition and is still in its vegetative growth stage. Always remember that any flaws or issues the plant displays will be duplicated in the clones you produce, so it needs to be a pretty flawless specimen.
2.Don’t just use any old tools to get the job done. You’ll need an extremely sharp pair of sterile scissors, some sterile tweezers, some rooting hormone and the appropriate growing medium.
3.Use the scissors to cut a healthy branch from the mother plant, holding it either in a sterile pair of tweezers or a sterile surgical glove. Feel free to use the branches from the bottom of the plant, which might otherwise end up being cut and thrown in the trash at a later stage anyway.
4.Your clones should measure no more than 10 centimetres in length, which means removing excess leaves and cutting the stem down to size. The cut should be made at a 45-degree angle at a node on the branch, before being dipped into the rooting hormone and left to absorb it for 2-3 seconds.
5.Plant the clone exactly as you would any other seedling, with meticulous care and attention. Use a pen or pencil to make a small hole, insert the cutting and gently press the growing medium to hold it in place. If the growing medium is too dry, give it a little water, but not too much.
6.After which, it’s simply a case of giving your clone the TLC it needs to grow into a mighty cannabis plant in its own right. In about 2 to 3 weeks, the clone should have produced its own roots and effectively be a brand new cannabis plant.
And there you have it - six simple steps to cannabis cloning anyone can (and probably should) try out!