Seeds can be fussy, and you might spend a ton of money on them only to have them fail to germinate. Take my advice, save yourself the hassle, start with seedlings or cuttings and in no time you’ll be marveling at your first crop. The most effective way to get started growing your own medical cannabis is to take a cutting from another plant; for best results, start with a mother plant that’s been thriving in your own grow room.
There are many benefits of choosing a clone over a seed. One is that if your neighbour has managed to grow the plant well, then there’s a pretty good chance you will too. Remember, however, that to make the same kind of potent buds, you’ll need to try your best to replicate local growing conditions. And if you know someone who grows some killer Kush, you’ve got the perfect genetics right on your doorstep.
Don’t make the mistake of choosing plants based on only their appearance. There are many things to consider when making your choice – climate, light conditions, soil conditions, and more. We’ll take these factors into account when helping you choose which plants will thrive in your indoor or outdoor space.
What’s required for cloning cannabis?
- A spray bottle mister is ideal for watering plants, as the mister produces a fine mist which is sprayed upwards around the leaves and not directly on to the plant.
- A sturdy plastic container is specially angled at the top to give you a better view of your cuttings. And with a built-in humidity tray, you can keep them watered and protected from the light.
- Gardening rockwool and coconut fiber. These not only provide nutrients to our plants, but also saves us a ton of time trying to find the right roots in dirt.
- The best way to establish a good root system is with a rooting hormone. Using a rooting gel or powder will increase your success rate.
- A glass of fresh, clean H2O.
- A clean, new razor blade or knife is your best bet. That way, you won’t crush the plant’s stem while cutting off the leaves and gills, making it more difficult for roots to form.
- A young female plant that’s still in the vegetative stage, and not been switched to flowering stage yet.
How to take cuttings?
- To speed up the rooting process, submerge cuttings in water using a clean, sterilized jar. This prevents the cut end from air-drying and promotes new root development by keeping the stem hydrated.
- Be sure to cut just below a node, making “pinching” unnecessary. Doing this will also increase the rooting area. Plants can draw water better when roots grow into open pores.
- Before you begin, make sure that your hands and blade are clean. Use 90% rubbing alcohol to sterilize any potential sources of bacteria.
- Choose branches that are strong, healthy, and straight. If they’re too long (more than 10″) cut them shorter.
- Don’t fertilize the plant for a week before you cut it. Water it thoroughly before you cut the clipping, and leave it out of direct sunlight for a few days beforehand. This reduces the amount of nitrogen in the leaves and encourages root growth instead.
How to apply rooting hormones?
- Mix a little bit of rooting gel with a bit of water in a sterilized glass or jar.
- Prepare your growing medium by covering it and place the cutting’s stem in the holes. It must be damp, and you should mist it again to make sure it is wet all the way through.
- Remove a cutting from the water. Shake it to remove any excess water from the leaves. Dip the bare stem into the rooting gel and shake off the excess gel.
- Once the cut end has been dipped in a rooting hormone, place it into the growing medium. Firmly press the medium around to hold it firmly in place. Mist the plant afterwards.
- Rinse and repeat.
Don’t water too much or let the soil get soggy. If you want to water the plants, put some purified water (e.g. through a Brita filter) into a spray bottle, and spritz them daily. Your plants will need to be misted with regularity to help keep humidity levels stable and high. You should keep plastic domes or sheets over the plants at all times for this reason.
You’ll know when your cuttings have rooted by the appearance of new growth. Once you see this, you can transplant them for better growth. It’s tempting to bury them in a bucket with a tiny bit of compost, but it’s better to move them into something larger as the roots will get tangles and stressed.
Will this work for all cannabis strains?
The simple answer is, yes! However, different strain have different effects. There are thousands of strains available, with a wide range of effects. Look for images and videos of the ones you are interested in on websites such as Alt Hub, and try them out to see which one works best for you. Some people do better with sativa plants, while others prefer indicas or hybrids.
Think about visiting a grower that sells locally-grown cannabis, and see if they will let you take cuttings from their mother plant. If they like your stuff, maybe they’ll even hook you up with some free quality bud for your current and future growing experiments. When you grow a clone from a cannabis plant, you are basically replicating the mother plant. Master trainers have perfected this process over hundreds of years of testing.
One advantage to rooting a cannabis seedling is that it saves you the trouble of both finding and germinating seeds. Both tasks are pretty easy, but when you want to get started with your cannabis plant quickly, starting with a cutting is preferable. Tinctures, salves, and edibles are great ways to take cannabis medicine. Start with a tincture under your tongue or a salve as needed. I vape mine now, as it gives me a concentrated clean hit.