How to Clone Weed Plants by Yourself
Did you know that you can clone your weed plants? You don’t need any high tech lab equipment, and you don’t even need to be an experienced gardener, either. In fact, cloning weed and sustaining a garden of clones is quite a bit easier, not to mention more cost-effective, than growing each of your plants from seeds. Whether you grow for personal use or are a commercial grower, learning how to clone weed plants in your own garden is a must, so read on for some tips and tricks.
What Is Cloning?
Cloning, scientifically know as asexual reproduction, is the process of creating an exact genetic replica of an existing plant. Unlike sexual reproduction, which involves the cross-pollination of two plants to create hybrid seeds, cloning requires only one parent plant, and the resulting plant will be the exact same as the parent, meaning, if you find a certain bud you really like, successful cloning will guarantee a steady supply of that exact strain, including your favorite characteristics, from flavor and profile, to yield and grow time.
Consider Your Clone
After you learn how to clone weed plants, there are a few things you should consider before diving into the actual process. First, you need to think about who you are growing for. Will the clones be for personal use? If so, make sure you are cloning a strain you thoroughly enjoy, because you will have ample amounts of the same bud. If you’re a caregiver with patients, consider what strains your patients like the most, and the benefits offered by each strain you may want to clone.
What You Need
You will also need an original plant to take cuttings from, with the preferable maturity being around two months into the vegetative cycle (although cloning can begin as early as three weeks into the cycle if you truly can’t wait). Make sure the strain you choose is stable and sturdy because you don’t want a garden full of weak plants.
Choosing a Rooting Medium
One of the most important steps in learning how to clone weed plants is researching rooting mediums. There are three preferred rooting mediums, the first being a non-soil medium such as peat moss or perlite, which promote airflow and moisture retention. Another option is simple soil. If using soil, choose one with low levels of nutrients, and be sure to not over or underwater the clone. If neither of these options interest you, clones can also root in water, so just drop the cutting in and wait for the roots to pop out.
The Cutting Process
Once you are ready to take a cutting, move the plant to a sterile environment. Moreover, be careful not to agitate it. Use your razor to make a 45-degree cut, as close to the main stem as possible. This will maximize surface area for roots to grow from. Be sure to collets strong cuttings, and that they are around 8-10 inches in length with several nodes for further growth.
Once your clones are tucked safely in their rooting mediums, make sure to keep them humid and give them approximately 18 hours of light each day. This is a very important, and delicate stage, so stay vigilant and be patient, because it will pay off in the end.
Transplanting Your Clones
Once you transfer your plants, you can consider yourself a successful plant cloner. Now that you’ve learned how to clone weed plants, you can enjoy your favorite strains year-round. Moreover, you can do it for as long as you want to keep growing them! Talk about a good deal.
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