November 05, 2021 4 min read
While it sounds like something that should be left to the professionals, cloning a cannabis plant is actually pretty simple to do. Cloning a plant involves taking a cutting, such as a branch, from a live plant called the mother plant and growing a whole new plant from that cutting. This new plant will have the exact same genetic makeup as the mother plant. If you found a cannabis plant that produces effects you absolutely love, that’s a great reason to give cloning a try. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the world of cannabis cultivation or have been harvesting your own marijuana for years, don’t be afraid to clone cannabis plants at home. It’s just a few steps and some even say it is easier than growing cannabis seeds.
The mother plant, or the plant you want to clone from, should be at least two months old and not flowering. The plant should be in the vegetative stage when cuttings are taken. If the cutting is taken from a flowering plant, it will take a long time to revert back to the vegetative stage it needs to be in to grow properly prior to flowering. Clones from mother plants that are too young will grow very slowly and may develop poorly. Luckily, taking a cutting has little to no effect on the health of the mother plant.
Because autoflower strains are forced into the flowering stage based on time such as a certain number of days, it is impossible to clone an autoflowering cannabis plant. These plants can not revert back to the vegetative stage in which the plants grow rapidly prior to putting all energy into creating flowers.
It’s quick and easy to learn how to cut clones. Take a few cannabis cuttings, even if you only plan to grow one plant so you can choose from the sturdiest of clones to transplant when the time comes. To begin cloning, gather the necessary tools for cutting and don’t forget the root hormone, which will help the cutting develop roots quickly.
Clones grow roots at different speeds, but most will be ready to transplant in around 10 to 14 days when the roots are around 1.5 to 2 inches long. Check and replenish the water in your grow tray daily and mist the plants if you want to increase the humidity. Clones grow best with high humidity and at least 15 to 18 hours of light per day.
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