When you have decided to try cloning cannabis, you want the best you can get. If you are going to be getting your clones from an outside source, there are factors you will want to keep in mind. Here is a quick guide to shopping for clones, including a handy 10 question list to help you know you are spending your money wisely.
Always question the source
If you are getting your clones from outside your own garden, you want to know a lot about the source. Getting clones off of random plants can mean potential pests, diseases, or even getting a male plant by mistake. The number one absolute factor in determining where to get your clones is reliability. Is the place neat, clean, and above all organized? If not, you can get all the right information, but end up bringing home the wrong plant! Labels are vital!
If the clone is coming from a professional grow or dispensary, you will want a list of questions ready, so you know exactly what you are getting.
- What is the strain, and it’s lineage?
- What are the growth characteristics (tall, short, lean, bushy, etc.)
- What are it’s strengths and weaknesses (drought tolerant, mold resistant, sensitive to temperature or nutrient deficiencies)?
- What is the length of the flowering stage?
- What chemicals and nutrients were used in the grow this clone came from?
- Were there any instances of pests or disease on the plants in this grow?
- What cloning or rooting gel was used.
- How old is this clone, and how old was the plant it came from?
- Any tips or tricks to get the best yields from this strain?
- Do you have herb from this plant to sample?
Some of these questions are obvious. You want to know about potential threats to your garden, if it will need training, and what it might be sensitive to. Knowing basic characteristics like flowering time and structure are key to structuring the grow environment.
Asking if they have herb grown from the same plant or at least same crop as the clone came from is a great way to know exactly what good harvests from it will be like. Knowing how old the plant that the cutting came from is also very important. If it was taken during the flowering stage (a big no-no), it may have a strange growth pattern for a few weeks. Clones taken in the vegetative stage root faster and grow stronger.
Health & development
When cloning cannabis, you need to take a close look at the clones. The two biggest signs of good cloning are established or growing roots, and the health of the leaves and their structure. Roots will grow directly from the stem, and ideally, you want to get a clone that is well on its way to being a fully developed plant to ensure it survives the transportation and replanting process. When you don’t have a cloning area in your own garden, this helps you go straight to planting.
It is important to have vibrant, strong leaves on your clone, because, for the first part of its new life, the leaves are the only source of moisture and nutrients. A source that uses humidity chambers to keep clones healthy will probably have better results.
Look at the overall structure on the clone. It needs to have fan leaves, a terminal shoot, growing nodes, and a healthy main stem. If it lacks growth nodes, it can be slower to get going. Without a sturdy main stem, it could grow into a weak plant that needs support to hold its own weight, especially during flowering.
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