The Usefulness of Cannabis Clones
When cuttings are taken from a parent, cannabis plant which carry an identical genetic information, these cuttings are called cannabis clones. Cannabis cloning is basically “taking a cutting” in order to propagate the plant through an asexual reproduction and planting to produce a healthy shoot.
Cannabis clones have one parent and this means that a single clone is an exact genetic copy of the parent plant, such that the cannabis clone is taken from the parent plant during its vegetative state because the quality of the plant produces higher yield in this condition. It is easier to note down what strain is the cannabis clone and other information on it, like plant sex, genetics, yield, potency, as well as its time-savings benefit for the plants to grow as there is no need for seed germination.
Cannabis clone cultivators are benefited from this cloning process in the following ways: they are ensured that the gender of the clone plant is the same as the gender of the mother or parent plant, since, ideally, female cannabis plant are sought after; they save money on seeds, as there is no need for the cannabis clone to got into seed germination; they are able to produce large quantities of new, individual plants faster from clone stage to plant stage than from seed stage to plant stage; and when they have a high yielding, good tasting, and high potent clone plant, they can replicate it.
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The mother plants must be prepared well to ensure successful cannabis cloning and here are the proper steps to follow, before cutting is done: make sure to withhold fertilizing the mother plants within days leading to the cutting of the plants, so that the excess nitrogen in the leaves and stems will not attempt to grow vegetation and instead divert the growth energy to the roots; work in a sterile environment so as not to invite in bacteria; look for lower branches that are sturdy and healthy; and cut as close to the main stem as possible with a razor at a 45 degree angle to the branch to promote faster growth; and place the fresh cutting immediately into water to prevent air bubbles from forming in the stem since the formation of bubbles can prevent water from being absorbed into the stem.
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When the cuttings are transferred to the water, it’s time to clip their leaves to help support proper photosynthesis and create a more sanitary environment for rooting, therefore, clip the leaves about halfway down the stem using scissors and include unnecessary leaves from the bottom so no leaves are touching the growing medium.
The rooting medium is a choice of which the cultivator is more confident to grow the cannabis clone successfully and there are three options: using rockwool cubes or a non-soil equivalent, which can provide good airflow and moisture retention; transport the clone into the soil; rooting in water.