How to Clone Weed Plants by Yourself

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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.

Because of the ability to control exactly what is being produced, cloning has become the go-to technique amongst home-growers and commercial growers alike, with one of the greatest benefits for both types of growers being the consistency that cloning brings to the quality of the bud.

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.

It is also important to consider grow time and the yield of the strain you want to grow. For caregivers and commercial growers, strains with high yield and fast grow times may be preferred if not necessary, so cloning a low yield strain may be a waste of time. On the flip side, if you are learning how to clone weed plants for personal use, then you may be able to afford a strain with a lower yield if it means you get your favorite flavor or effects.

What You Need

Cloning weed plants requires just a few simple items, including:

– A razor to take your cuttings. Scissors can crush stems and make rooting difficult.
– Enough water to store several cuttings;
– A rooting medium such as soil, a non-soil equivalent, or water;
– A rooting hormone is also optional.

Getting Started

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.

Once you have selected a mother plant, begin preparations by not fertilizing it for the days leading up to the cloning, to allow the plant to release excess nitrogen. Excess nitrogen can confuse the clone and cause it to divert energy towards vegetation efforts rather than rooting.

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.

Immediately transfer the cutting to some water to prevent air bubbles from forming in the stem. Once you have several cuttings, you should trim the leaves about halfway down their stems. This will help your clones take in more water and nutrients. Furthermore, it will prevent leaves from coming into contact with one another. If you choose to use a rooting hormone, this is the best time to do so. Now, you can transfer your clones to your chosen rooting medium.

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 your clones begin to show signs of vegetation, they are ready for transplanting into bigger containers. Be sure to show the same care in transplanting the clones as you did in cutting them. Transplant shock is one of the most common ways growers lose their clones. You certainly wouldn’t want to agitate and kill your plants after all your hard work thus far.

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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Jonathan E. Bass
 

Graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. I am currently a gardener. I have a small garden behind my house. I love it.

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