Starting your garden with strong clones is one of the easiest ways to ensure a great yield come harvest time. Taking clones from a mother plant is an art where practice will make you a pro. The first few cuts you make may not work out perfectly, but after only a few you should start to get the hang of it. Here is an explanation of one method beginners can use to get clones from mother plants.
Cut Lower Branches
Lower branches are the youngest and have the best hormones for quick root development. Using lower branches will give you the best chance at creating solid clones that will develop roots and be ready for the vegging stage as soon as possible.
Cutting the young lower branches is also best if you plan on budding the mother plant since the lower branches don’t get enough light to produce large buds.
Snipping Your Clones
Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut your clones. Snip the stem the long way so that there is the most surface area available to begin growing roots. Some growers also cut the leaves in half due to transpiration. The theory is that the less leaf area the more nutrients go straight to creating roots.
Trim the bottom stems of your new cutting and get ready to plant.
Planting Your Clone Seedlings
Your seedlings should be immediately dipped in some kind of root enhancing hormone solution, powder or gel. This will help ensure strong roots grow. Once dipped in rooting compound you can place your seedling in the medium of choice. Using a jiffy pot or rock wool cube makes this step easy. Just push the seedling down in and you’re all set.
Waiting for Roots
At this stage you do not want to give the clones any nutrients. Just put them in a clear plastic enclosure with your fluorescent light well away from the top of the container. You want the clones environment to be warm and humid.
Some experts also place a heating pad under the clones container to help the roots along. In 7-14 days you should see most of the clones popping new roots from under their cubes. Now they are ready to plant.