Are you a cannabis grower? If yes, you might have heard about a process called “cannabis cloning.” But have you ever tried it?
A lot of cannabis enthusiasts have heard about cannabis cloning. But due to its “scientific” name, they think the process will be a little complicated. However, it’s not actually true. The process of cloning a cannabis plant is, in fact, very straightforward. And with just some basic knowledge, even a novice grower can do it.
Furthermore, knowing how to clone a plant can be a very useful skill for a cannabis grower. And this can come even more handy if you are a medicinal user. A medicinal user usually needs a product with some specific properties to manage their condition. But if you are growing using seeds, the effects of the resultant plants may vary with each harvest.
However, with cloning, you can transfer the exact same properties of the mother plant to the daughter. This way, you can get the same effects that you desire from your product. Isn’t it great?
So, if you are thinking of getting into cannabis growing, or getting a medical marijuana grower license, I think, it’s a good idea to learn about cannabis cloning. And if you are up for it, here’s a basic guide to help you clone your cannabis plants very easily.
Read along and learn!
What is Cloning?
Cloning, as the name suggests, is a process of copying a plant so that you can get the same genetic properties in the resultant plants as of the original plant. The process involves cutting a small part of a plant, placing it in a growing medium, such as soil, and waiting for it to develop roots. As you can see, theoretically the process is very simple and easy. However, in practice, there are a few steps you need to follow, and a few things you need to take care of. But don’t worry, they are also not very difficult. And we’ll discuss them in the further sections. But before that, let’s see why you should consider cloning in the first place.
Why to Clone Cannabis?
First of all, cloning your cannabis isn’t the only way you can grow it. In fact, most people prefer seeds, which are a lot easier to grow, comparably. However, the seeds, as you probably know, are the result of sexual reproduction. That means, it contains the properties of both parents. So, we can say that, just like humans, every cannabis plant that is grown from a seed is unique. However, when you clone a cannabis plant, you eliminate the chances of this randomness.
By Cloning your cannabis plants, you will make sure they will be of the highest quality as they contain the same genetics as their mother plant. In fact, everything in these plants will match the parent plant. The growth habits will be similar. The taste will be the same. And they will be as potent as the mother.
So, if you ever had a very good harvest, or got the effects that you really liked, you should consider cloning your cannabis. This will ensure you have the same results every single time.
Furthermore, a lot of people start growing cannabis at home as buying their supplies from the market every time isn’t as economical. But many times they end up spending a lot on seeds. However, cannabis cloning can help you save on this too as you are not buying any seeds from the market.
How to Clone?
Things you need:
- A healthy parent plant.
- A sharp razor or a pair of scissors.
- Alcohol to disinfect your tools.
- Starter Cubes.
- Cloning powder or gel.
- Low-intensity light.
Steps to Clone Your Cannabis
- Check if the parent plant is ready
The first and foremost thing you need to do is to see if your marijuana plant is ready for the cloning process or not. And to do that, you can check if the branches have started growing alternatively or not. If the branches are growing from a single spot, the plant is probably too young to clone.
- Clean your tools
Once the plant is ready, you need to disinfect your tools. You should note that the parts you cut for the cloning are very sensitive to microorganisms. And this may result in infections. Therefore, you should always cut your clones in a very clean environment with properly cleaned tools only.
- Set up your starter cubes
Carefully read all the instructions for the starter cubes you have got for your clones. And soak them in water for a few minutes before you use them. This is because several starter cubes have a very high pH level. And thus, it’s better to soak them to bring their pH to around 4-4.5.
- Cut the Clone
Once you have all the things ready, it’s time to take the cutting. The best place from where you should cut a cutting on the plant is where a new branch is emerging. However, you should make sure that the length of this branch is enough (around 10 to 20 cms). And it’s better if there are one or two nodes below the top. Also, you should prefer cutting from the bottom of the mother plant as the root growth in cuttings from these areas is relatively faster.
- Place the cutting in water
As soon as you have the cutting, place it in some water. This is to prevent the air bubbles from entering the open parts of the stem.
- Cut extra Leaves
If you find any big or extra leaves on your cutting, cut them too. You don’t want your plant to waste energy on photosynthesis rather than generating new roots.
- Seal the Cuts
While you may grow your clones with only water too, it’s better to use some products that may help the cuttings to grow roots faster. There are several products in the form of powder and gel that you can use. Just take the open end of your cutting and dip it into the growing powder or gel you are using. This will seal the cut you made initially. As a rule of thumb, you should cover the whole area of the cutting you are gonna put in the starter cube with the growing powder or gel.
- Place the clone in the starter cube
After you’re done with all the above steps, place your clones very carefully into the starter cube you soaked in the water before. Make sure it is sealed properly from all sides.
Taking Care of the Clones
Once you have completed all the above steps, you just need to take care of your clones properly. Try to keep the humidity level between 70 and 80 percent. And the temperature should be slightly above the room temperature. For one or two days initially, your clones won’t need light. But after that, you should use a low-intensity light source so that they keep their growth consistent.
You should note that your clones won’t need the light all the time. So, you should divide the schedule in a ratio of 18/6. In fact, the dark period is when your plants will grow the most roots.
In the end, when you see the roots coming out, it’s time to transplant your clones.
So, this was all you needed to know about cannabis cloning. And now is the time for you to try it out. Just give it a chance or two, and you’ll get a fair grip on the process. And once you have the expertise, you may also go for a medical marijuana grower license to take this to the next level.
Don’t know how to apply for it? Don’t worry! All you need to do is book an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor, talk to them, and if you qualify, you’ll get your license delivered to you in no time! Happy Growing!