Plants have the ability to clone themselves, meaning you can create exact copies of your most potent and highest yielding plants. Once you get the right set-up you can just buy the seeds you want and make hundreds of copies per seed.
How Does it Work?
Clones are rooted cuttings that are genetically identical to the plant they were taken from. The theory is very simple; you clip one of your favorite plants and move it to a different spot to grow by itself. But the actual practice has many nuances that can make it tricky (if you don’t know what you’re doing).
Here it is step-by-step:
1.Cut a branch from a vegetative mother plant.
The mother plant needs to be big enough, it usually takes between 1-2 months into the vegetative cycle.
Choose one that’s healthy and sturdy, that you want to many more of!
TOP TIP: Make sure you cut off at least 3-5 inches of the branch with at least one internode and some leaves
so it can re-sprout. Cut it at 45 degrees to give a larger surface area to create new roots.
2.Dip the branch in a rooting hormone
This is vital to support growth independently from the mother plant. The herb plant will naturally transmit rooting hormones of its own to the stem wound, but hormones will speed up this process.
There’s a choice between rooting gels and powders, with a ton on the market to peruse.
3.Insert the clone/branch into a rooting medium.
There are four main schools of thought for the rooting medium: rockwool, soil, water, aeroponics. Each has its own pros and cons, so it’s a great idea to experiment to see which suits you. Aeroponics works best in my opinion with a high success rate.
The main thing is that your clone has light and humidity to keep it happy, so remember to keep it under a clear hood as this will keep humidity at its peak.
4.Keep the clone under light until it roots.
This needs to be consistent for the next 14 days until you start to see vegetative growth on your new clones. It’s important at this stage, to remember that your clone is undergoing big change and will need to acclimatize.
For roots to form, you should keep the lights on for 24 hours for best results – but you can also try 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness.
5.Expose the clone to the natural environment.
You should now start to reduce the humidity to prepare your clone for the outside world.
You’ll want to minimize the stress as much as possible, so avoid shock to the plant by taking this reduction slowly.
Planting your well-rooted clone
There’s no doubt that it’s a cheaper than buying seeds, and time-saving since you don’t have to worry about male plants. Experimenting is all part of the fun, so our advice is to try growing from seed and clones. You don’t know which you prefer until you try!
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