Do you know that it is possible to clone cannabis plants? It’s a kind of survival experiment for plant and cannabis growth.
What is cloning, and why would you want to clone a cannabis plant?
There are two ways to go about breeding cannabis plants. The first is through sexual reproduction, where a male plant is seeded with a female through pollination to create seeds. These seeds can then be planted to produce genetic hybrids of the two mother plants.
The second method is through the cloning of cannabis, otherwise known as asexual reproduction. The clones are rooted cuttings that are genetically identical to the plant from which they were taken. There are many benefits to cloning that contribute to its popularity among both commercial and domestic growers. If performed correctly, not only can cloning cannabis be economically advantageous. But it also has the potential to offer your garden a new level of stability in the values of the active ingredient and uniformity of harvest. Through cloning, you can create a new crop with exact replicas of your best plants. Since the genetics are identical, you are getting a plant with the same characteristics, so if you happen to encounter a strain that you like, you may want to clone the plant it came from so you can produce more buds with the same characteristics. Consider taking clones from your garden if you are trying to select and replicate plants with desirable traits such as aroma, cannabinoid profile, yield, growth time, active principle levels (CBD or THC). Not only does cloning save you money time and money not having to burst new seeds, but you are also ensuring that your harvest is genetically indistinguishable. Furthermore, cloning is the answer to self-sufficiency. Given the right conditions, you could perpetuate a phenotype for all the crops you want without having to start new seeds.
Cannabis cloning in an amateur way
Getting started with cloning in your backyard is relatively simple and requires only a few key elements:
- A scalpel to cut the cuttings (try not to use the scissors when you take the cuttings because they tend to crush the branches, making rooting much more difficult)
- Some water
- A means of rooting
- A rooting hormone
When selecting mothers to clone, look for plants that are healthy, robust and about two months into the vegetative cycle. If you can’t or don’t want to wait, give it at least three weeks before making the first cut – at this point in a plant’s growing phase. Your new cuttings will have a better chance of rooting. Preparing the mother plant for cutting will require some steps:
- Make sure you don’t fertilise the plant in the days before taking the cuttings. This will allow the nitrogen to escape from the leaves of the plant. When you take the cuttings, an excess of nitrogen in the leaves and stems will fool your clones in an attempt to grow vegetation instead of diverting energy to rooting.
- Work in a sterile environment. Do everything possible to have sterilised work tools for working both mother plants and new cuttings.
- Look for lower branches that are robust and healthy…