General introduction on cloning weed plants
When you would decide to start cultivating weed plants, you could go and find some weed seeds to start from scratch or you could visit a friend or person who already has full-grown weed plants to cut a plant and start with this part of the weed plant as a basis for your own weed yield. The common term to refer to this cutting is cloning. So cloning is in fact a way to regenerate plants by using cut parts of a mother plant to grow new plants. These new plants will take over the qualities or the natural DNA of the mother plant. You could clone again this new plant and again, and again, … some weed plant growers have already regenerated fifty new weed plants which still have the characteristics and qualities of the original mother plant. As long as you clone from a healthy female super plant your top quality weed yield is normally guaranteed for years, although you will notice in our articles it might also have disadvantages.
Weed seeds vs weed clones: advantages and disadvantages
Cloning for sure has its advantages but on the other hand many growers will recognize cloning also might have its disadvantages. Two sides of the cloning story we want you to be aware of before deciding to clone weed plants.
One of the major advantages of cloning weed plants is that you will solely grow female weed plants, which are vital for a good weed yield. Besides you could easily predict how your weed plants will grow and what kind of weed buds they will produce because by cloning your plants will be genetically identical to the mother plant. So a quality weed plant will be able to produce a quality weed plant clone. All the characteristics like potency and quality will be taken over from the source plant.
Next, making use of the clone method to grow plants will save you a lot of money in the end. You only need a few high-quality female weed plants to start cloning. When having these plants you will not have to buy any new plants or seeds for a long time. So you are settled.
Using weed plant clones is also a quick way of growing weed plants. When growing from normal weed seeds you should take into account more or less 90 days before you can harvest the weed buds. When cloning weed plants the weed buds might be ready to be harvested at day 70 of the weed cultivation process. For some, this is no reason to switch to cloning but for others, who need buds very urgently and very often, those 20 days might make the difference. It all depends on your own needs and desires.
Nevertheless cloning might also have its disadvantages. Many growers have experienced that cloning plants time after time might causes a loss of vigour. They gradually lose their energy and strength and do not anymore resemble the original source plant. Repeatedly cloning your weed plant might cause a drop in bud production, smaller weed plants and less aroma. When buying clones you will not be able to determine how many times they have already been cloned. This is also known as regressive mutation.
Making cuts to a plant to start cloning might also cause a trauma to the plant. Consequently the weed plant will only start producing male branches as a trauma reaction.
Another last disadvantage might be that plagues or pests which have not yet been noticed will be transferred from one plant to another causing whole weed plant cultivation boxes and rooms to be ruined in a blink of the eye. So the source plant might be the germ of diseases and plagues which ruin your whole harvest. There are enough horror stories which confirm similar dramas.
How to clone your weed plants
What is needed as basic material to start cloning:
- A high quality source mother plant
- A pair of scissors or a sharp knife to make the cuttings. Should be sharp and clean.
- A nutriments substance to increase the root growth
- A small box, container or tank to grow your clones. It should be clean and filled with preferably rough sand or potting soil.
- Phosphoric acid
- A fluorescent strip light. Colour: ‘cool white’
- A little fan or a ventilated area
- Some rockwool tray boxes
Now we are ready to start cloning.
As you might have noticed in the above list we will use a fluorescent strip light to grown our weed plant clones. The main advantages of using a fluorescent strip light are that it will produce a fluorescent light which will positively influence the growth of the plant, young cloned plants love fluorescent light, and the temperature produced by a fluorescent light. Just put the light 25 cm above your clones and the temperature will be fine. Weed plant clones need about 18 to 24 hours of light a day depending on the climate conditions and on your weed plant type. The colder and darker outside the more light and the longer your fluorescent light will have to burn. This will generate an even climate every day of the month. The ideal temperature for growing cloned plants is about 25 degrees Celsius, while air humidity should be around 70%. Just as with a normal weed plant process these climate conditions are basic aspects that are of major importance to avoid plagues and pests.
Theoretically every part of the weed plant could be used as clone. The actual centimeters don’t really matter. A big leaf clone will clone as good as a small leaf clone. Nevertheless look for a full grown leaf which has several branches. A single small leaf with no branches will be very difficult, if not impossible, to clone. Before we are going to put the clones in actual potting soil we will raise the clone roots by putting them in a piece of rockwool tray boxes, which has been soaked in a nutriment solution. This nutriment solution must have the ideal PH value of about 5.8. Therefore we use our phosphoric acid to soak the rockwool tray boxes beforehand. Soak the rockwool boxes a few hours before you start to cut the clones and drain it off.
When the preparations are done cut the clones with a clean sharp knife or a pair of scissors. Make sure you make a clean cut because otherwise the clones might start to rot after a while. Dip the cut clone in some water and afterwards in a substance to increase root growth. Afterwards the clones can be planted in the soaked rockwool tray. When growing in the rockwool regularly feed them with a nutriment solution and check them on a daily basis to avoid rotting. To avoid fungus please remove the rotten parts immediately. Don’t overwater clones because this might also cause root fungus and/or bad quality weed plants. Ensure all climate conditions are met (temperature and air circulation). After about a fortnight your weed plant clones will be strong and rooted enough to be transplanted to their new cultivation environment. When meeting the right conditions about 80% of your plants should survive the initial cloning phase. Rootless plants can be removed after three weeks.
Transplanting the weed plant clones to potting soil is a very time-consuming and precise task. Pay attention to the roots at all time. Damaging the roots while transplanting, might mean the end of your weed plant. It will take a few days before your young weed plants are accustomed to their new environment and soil. During these days they should be drained well enough but the amount of light should still be limited. When accustomed, you can use our standard growing and flowering guide to continue with your cultivation process.
Some additional cloning tips and hints
- Besides regular watering of your new weed plant clone, we would also advice to spray it once in a while during a period of some days after you have cloned the plant. Weed plants will pick up the water and it will ease the rooting of the plant. When the plant has rooted the spraying of the plant can be stopped.
- Start with investing in female weed plant seeds. These seeds will for sure cost more than their male counterparts, but the invested money will be earned back very easily when cloning the female weed plants at a later stage.
- Never pull your young cloned weed plants to check if they have already rooted. If the roots are not yet stable and strong enough this might cause severe damage to your plant, ultimately ending in a dying plant.
- We are often asked if a cloned plant can be cloned. The answer is as simple as short: yes.