A while back, we decided to get into the debate as to whether or not cloning cannabis plants represents a superior alternative to growing from seed. And as you’ll probably remember if you caught that particular post, we really don’t think there’s anything wrong with taking what’s undoubtedly the easier and faster approach to cultivating killer marijuana plants.
Which is why we figured that we’d follow the previous post with this particular article featuring a few tips and tricks on how to get the best out of your cloning activities. It’s the kind of process that’s technically quite difficult to get wrong, but at the same time it’s always worth arming yourself with a few helpful insights to make sure you come out with the very best results possible.
So here’s what the experts have to say on the subject of quality cloning:
1 – Parental Preference
First and foremost, when it comes to selecting a mother plant from which to take cuttings, it’s crucial to ensure that the specimen you choose is at least two months old. It can sometimes be tempting to dive into a cloning project with a plant that seems to be doing pretty brilliantly at a younger age, but millions of cloning experiments to date have shown that older mums produce the best clones.
2 – High Humidity
If you’re looking to come out with the best possible result, you’ll need to ensure that your clones are kept in conditions where humidity stays at a constant 95% or higher. Suffice to say, you will need some sort of fogger or humidifier to make this happen. In the early stages, you want to ensure that you do your best to faithfully recreate the tropical conditions cannabis plants would be exposed to in their natural environment.
3 – Incubation
If you would like the roots of your clones to grow as fast as possible and as strong as possible…which of course you do…it’s important to ensure that the growing medium is kept at a higher temperature than the air. A heating pad is the most obvious, easy and inexpensive way of going about this, but be sure to keep a thermometer in there to ensure that things don’t end up getting a little too toasty.
4 – Cut Leaves in Half
In order to prevent leaves from overlapping any lower transpiration, it is often advisable to cut the leaves of clones in half. Fungus tends to thrive when leaves overlap, so give thought to both cutting them in half and misting them on a regular basis.
5 – More Roots = More Light
As more roots begin to form and appear beneath your clones, the more light you should provide for them. This basically means that as you begin to notice the roots forming and strengthening, you should think about lowering your lights a little closer or intensifying their brightness. This also tends to be a good time to take not of which clones are performing better than their counterparts – focus your efforts on these and weed out the duds if necessary.
6 – Hands Off!
Still on the subject of roots, never make the often-fatal mistake of tugging on your clones to see whether or not the roots have started to form. This will in the best case scenario result in stunted growth, though could easily kill what could have been a quality plant.
7 – Sterile Stuff
Last but not least, try to remember that just as is the case when tending to any kind of cannabis surgery, you need to ensure that your tools and accessories are sterile.
The very last thing you want is to end up introducing something nasty into the equation, killing your crops simply because you couldn’t be bothered to clean your scissors properly!