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growing clones in soil

Growing clones in soil

Fill to 1 inch from the tip of pot and gently tamp soil by pressing it down with your hand. This helps ensure that air pockets do not develop; these can dry out your roots and will negatively affect plant health. After tamping, you should have 1 ½ to 2 inches of space between the lip of the pot and the media. This space is important so that you do not overflow the pot while watering.

Finally, thoroughly water your clone. Thorough initial watering helps ensure there are no air pockets or dry spots in your media so that the cube comes into good contact with the water.
You need to introduce your clones to sunlight (after transplant) in a gradual, slow manner. Starting with partial shade and indirect sunlight will be beneficial for the first few days. The partial sun will get them invigorated to grow and the shade will ensure the heat is not so strong that they are overwhelmed and go into shock.

Most clones are kept under 24 hours of light in nurseries, whether you are buying from a dispensary or direct from Dark Heart they are likely used to 24 hours of light, but most often the clones are kept under fluorescent or LED lighting and are not yet used to strong or powerful light/heat given off from the sun. Most clones are stored under 24 hours of artificial light in nurseries and dispensaries. When a clone is moved from 24 hours of artificial light directly into intense sunlight, it can experience shock.
Next, fill in media around the clone’s cube. Be sure that the bottom and sides of the cube are in good contact with the media. The rockwool cube should be planted so that just the very top of the cube is exposed. If the cube becomes exposed through watering, gently pack some soil back around it. After several weeks, the clone will be well-rooted, and this will not be an issue.
Ideally, clones should be planted as soon as they get to their home. We recommend preparing the space before picking up your plants. If you do need to store them temporarily before transplanting, the following is suggested:

  1. Water your clones with a diluted nutrient solution (400-600 parts per million or ppm) and place them under a low-intensity fluorescent fixture; T8 or T12 bulbs are ideal for this purpose, T5 bulbs are can cause plants to begin “stretching” before you are ready.
  2. Be sure to keep the cubes moist, but be careful not to allow standing water to accumulate in the tray. This will cause the rate of growth to slow, keeping them a manageable size and ensuring that some clones are not dwarfed by larger ones.
  3. As your clones begin to stretch, be sure to rearrange them to prevent some clones from being “shaded out,” and transplant them as soon as possible.

Cannabis clones go through two cycles in their lifetime: the vegetative cycle and the flowering cycle. During the vegetative cycle, a plant is doing the majority of its root and foliage growth and should be receiving roughly 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness each day. If clones are not kept in the vegetative grow state long enough this can cause something called pre-flowering. Cannabis plants are photosensitive, meaning they will flower if they receive too much darkness, which can also cause a plant to stress (hermaphrodite: produce seeds). It is important to keep a close eye on the plants in this early stage of life and to watch for signs of heat stress such as drooping or curling leaves. If they do show signs of stress give them a break and move them back to the shade. It is wise to continue to give supplemental lighting through the dark cycle of the day ensuring they do not receive more than 10 hours of darkness.

The flowering cycle is the point at which the plant is receiving roughly 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. In an outdoor garden, the plant is naturally triggered to flip to its flowering cycle around the time of the Summer Solstice, which falls between June 20-22nd each year.

Cannabis plants are very sensitive in the early stages. Special care is needed to ensure that your cannabis clone grows into a beautiful and healthy flower. Our clones are guaranteed to be pest and disease free, but to ensure you are successful with the plants you choose we provided some tips on how to care for them.

You shouldn’t need to spray your clones with water, but if you feel more comfortable doing so, don’t overwater. Spray just enough, once every three days to keep the humidity.

Make sure your infrastructure is built for growing clones. No matter where you’re growing, you want to be sure you have ventilation, a systematic light source, room for all plants and other necessities. If you are growing a fresh batch of new clones, try to grow them in a small nursery where they are set apart from your more mature plants as they will need more attention.
Check out a few of these tips to help keep your clones alive and thriving.

Cloning isn’t a difficult process, but it is tedious. Unfortunately, we can’t offer a comprehensive article on every aspect of growing clones, but we can provide a few tips and pointers to help your little clone grow big and strong.
There are all sorts of ways to grow your own marijuana. Some people prefer seeds for natural growth reasons, others prefer growing clones, which are a quicker, more effective way of growing genetically identical buds that were first produced from a mother plant. Amazingly, cannabis is one of the few plants on earth that have the ability to regrow themselves from their former selves. Though the term clone may seem weird and Orwellian, many dispensaries have caught on to this new way of growing. It’s a great way to start your own harvest from a mother plant you really enjoy.
When taking the cuttings, look for lower branches that are healthier and more sturdy. You want your cuttings to be between 8-12 inches. Have your rooting stimulator ready to dip the cuttings into.
Remember, clones are much more sensitive than an already developed plant. Make sure to keep an extra close eye on them within the first 7-10 days.
To start cloning, you will need a razor for taking cuttings, water, rooting medium and rooting hormone. Wipe down all trays, scissors, blades, cutting board and prop dome down with a mild bleach solution and thoroughly rinse before starting.

Be sure to use a healthy mother to clone. The sturdier the mother, the healthier the clone. Try and wait at least two months into the mother’s cycle before taking a cutting.

Check out a few of these tips to help keep your clones alive and thriving.