If you’re growing in rockwool cubes or other starter cubes like Rapid Rooters, then you know your clones are ready to be transplanted and receive regular light when you actually see the roots coming out the bottom of the cubes.
When you recreate the right conditions, you don’t need a cloner or humidity dome, yet these types of devices make successful cloning and root growth happen practically by itself.
3.) Use rooting powder or gel (that has been properly stored)
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That’s why a nice humid cloner works great, or you can mist your plants a few times a day until they start forming roots.
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Cloning gives you the power to take one plant and get unlimited new cannabis plants for practically forever! You can clone clones without a problem. Each new clone is a genetic copy of the original plant.
As the grower, you’re looking for hardy female plants with fast growth, big roots, huge yields, and potent buds.
If the package was unsealed when you got it, or if you’ve dropped anything into the rooting hormone, discard and get a fresh package. Foreign materials like leaves, dirt, dust, etc can cause bad stuff to grow in your gel or powder, and will negatively affect your cloning results.
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At this point you will have to make a decision. Which female plant looks the best? You’ll want to keep the one that best meets your needs. I usually go for plants that are short, bushy, healthy, and strong. If you’re growing indoors then you’ll want to choose plants that exhibit the ideal characteristics for your application.
The reason that we are going to grow multiple potential mother plants at first is because even though a batch of seeds may have come from the same plant, each plant can exhibit unique characteristics known as phenotypes. For example, some plants stretch and grow tall, others are short and bushy. Some plants just seem to grow better than others. It’s all genetics!
Once you get your seeds together it’s time to grow! Germinate and plant you seeds, once they reach a manageable height, you will want to determine their sex. We want to determine the sex of the plants so that we know what we’re working with. You may need to search on google for how to determine the sex of the plant you’re working with.
Step 2.) Dip the cut end of your new clone into the cloning gel and hold it there for about 30 seconds. Insert the cut end of the clone into the rockwool cube. Make sure the cutting is secure in the rockwool – Compact the rockwool around the base of the clone so that there are no air pockets. Don’t squeeze too tight.
It will take a bit of time before your plants start to show signs of their sex – Maybe around 15 to 20 days depending on variables such as strain, genetics, light type, etc. Once you sex your plants, toss out the males and keep the females.
Some growers report problems with plants that have come from a long line of clones – Reduced growth rate, unstable growth, lower yields, etc. We recommend starting a mother plant from seed just to be safe. If you are starting a mother plant from another clone, then you can skip this section and move onto the “How to Clone from a Mother Plant” section below.
Give your plant a few days to recover from switching between two different light cycles before you start taking clones. Switching back to a 24 hour or 18/6 light cycle may shock the plant, but it should stop flowering and revert to a vegetative state within a few days. Once it is stable you’ll be able to start cloning
Step 4.) Give your clones a week or so to take root. Once you see a few roots start to poke out of the rockwool then you can transfer them to your primary growing space. Transplanting is easy, simply insert the rockwool into your desired grow medium.
Step 1.) Take a cutting at a 45 degree angle from the bottom 1/3 of the plant. A branch with a leaf or two should do it. Make sure your scissors are clean! You want to cut at a 45 degree angle because this will help the clone take root faster by exposing more area for the roots to grow from. If the leaf is very large then you can cut it in half. This will help the clone to focus more on the root system and less on the leaf itself.
Learn how to clone and manage mother plants with our complete guide to cloning!