For years, black market marijuana growers have employed a myriad of techniques and strategies gathered from oral tradition and mentor/mentee relationships to grow their respective harvests. As more states move forward with medical and recreational cannabis legalization, this black market, grower culture is evaporating along with its associated nomenclature. Black market growers are now called cultivators, and their cultivation processes are now regulated by the state. With cultivators emerging from the underground, their cultivation methods are increasingly available to the public. One topic gaining interest is cloning weed. Learn here how to clone weed effectively and efficiently.
How To Clone a Weed Plant
Learning how to clone cannabis isn’t difficult when utilizing instructions based on seasoned experience. Follow these easy steps for cloning marijuana plants:
- Choose an individual plant that meets your cloning interests. I would advise choosing a younger plant that is 2-3 months old. This way you won’t have to be as attentive to the needs of the plant in the first few weeks.
- Heavily water the plant and check the pH of the soil. The pH range should be approximately between 5.8 and 6.3.
- Water the plant heavily for about 3 days.
- Choose a branch near the bottom of the plant with healthy, full leaves. Cut the branch at an angle and place it in lukewarm water.
- Transfer the branch back to your nursery and prepare it for potting in small peat pots, rooting cubes, or soilless mixtures which can be purchased from your local plant store. Some cultivators prefer rolling the branch in rooting powder or gel when cloning weed plants.
- Keep the newly planted stalk moist by periodically spraying it each day with water, and place them in an enclosure that allows air flow but keeps them from getting too dry.
- Keep the new pot plants exposed to near constant light—more than 16 hours per day—unless you’re cloning for sex.
- In a few weeks, the clones will develop roots. Replant the clones carefully.
How To Grow Clones Outdoors: Can You Clone Outside?
Anyone can be successful at cloning pot outdoors. Initiate this process by clipping a branch for cloning and planting it for a few weeks exposed to near constant light—about 16 hours or more—until roots develop. About ten days before you decide to plant outside, leave the clones out in the sunlight during the day, but bring them in at night. Repeat this each day until you’re ready to plant. If you can, gradually increase the clones to outside exposure to effectively transition from indoor to outdoor.
Use good soil for cloning cannabis plants. I would recommend purchasing potting soil or using reputable fertilizer. However, avoid using excessive fertilizer because leaves will appear burnt, and the cannabis plant won’t grow to its full potential. If you see this occurring, stop using fertilizer and water the plant thoroughly until it looks healthier. Then, place your plant in a pot or large hole with potting soil in the ground where it can get ample sunlight. Don’t let the plants dry out and feed them consistently according to the fertilizer’s recommended schedule on its label. Pay attention to wind and the evening temperature because you may need to make modifications based on your locale.
When Should I Start My Clones Outside?
While this depends on the region in which you live, you don’t want to start your marijuana clones outside until daylight hours are as long as possible for the season. In California for example, your clones should remain indoors from April through June, but you would take them outside in July when they would receive maximum time in the sunlight. Understanding how to clone a weed plant isn’t difficult, but specific timing throughout the process is always crucial.
How Do You Take Care of Outdoor Clones?
Taking care of outdoor marijuana clones isn’t drastically different than taking care of indoor clones. You should feed them consistently according to the fertilizer’s recommended schedule on its label, and water them regularly whenever the soil feels dry. Because you’re cloning weed outside, you’ll want to spray for pesticides and protect your marijuna plants from excessive precipitation. You may need to place a temporary canopy over your clones if there is too much rain, but you don’t want to impede the sunlight needed for proper growth and a full yield.
How Do I Acclimate My Outdoor Clones?
If you’re transitioning to cloning weed outdoors, gradually increasing the clones to outside exposure is paramount. Approximately 10 days before your outside plant date, leave the clones outside each day, but bring them inside at night. You’ll do this for just over a week until you’re ready to plant. This process will “toughen” the cannabis, acclimating it to the outdoor environment.
As cultivators everywhere are transitioning from renegades to trusted professionals, cannabis enthusiasts are scrambling for resources and information regarding the best marijuana strains for cloning. Anyone can clone her favorite marijuana plants, and now many states are legally allowing individual people or patients to do so.
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