This is the best part of the process; trying all of the plants that have bloomed and been tried. Call a couple of friends over and ask for their opinion. Then, you get to pick the one that’s the closest to what you want. Usually, you’ll end up with 3 or 4 that you really like so what I like to do is give them a little test for fungi and whatnot. I take one clone from each plant that I’ve picked and then take them outside and introduce them to fungi like oidium. I leave them there for twenty days to see if the plants get infected or not. If you end up with a plant that hasn’t gotten any fungi on it, then that’s a winner; if it didn’t get infected by force then it won’t happen accidentally. This is a great way to tell if plants are fragile or not. I’ve already discovered a few practically immune strains.
If you notice that your plant suddenly stops growing it’s because it’s filled the flowerpot up with roots and it needs a transplant. You’ll need to constantly transplant it until a certain point, in which it stops growing at around 20L. At this stage you’ll need to prune the roots and transplant it back to a 11L pot, leaving enough roots to fill a 7L pot so that it can grow some more. The plant will look sad for a couple of days but it should be happy again on the third day. You’ll need to do this every 5 months.
Today we’re going to talk about how to find the perfect strain, and keep it for as long as you want to get that perfect bud each and every time through cloning. We’ve done a few articles about how to clone your plants, so now we’re going to explain where to get them from.
Grab your chosen clone or clones and perform an apex pruning, which is essentially pruning the top of the plant. Once they grow out their branches you’ll need to cut the tips off the branches just once, leaving two other sprouts underneath wherever you prune to make sure that two more branches will grow from where you’ve cut one. It’s better to give the plant the shape you want before getting the clones. Once your plants are ready to be pruned again, you need to prune the upper leaves rather than the lower ones so that the plant grows out wide at the top. Keep growing the plant that way and you’ll end up with around 40 calyxes pointing upwards, making for nice and straight clones which makes everything more comfortable.
Now that you know which clone is the one for you out of all of the clones that you had, it’s time to grow your mother plant. Remember, having a plant that is resistant to oidium is honestly very useful, due to the fact that one day they could end up catching it if not and all of that hard work might have been for nothing. Also, if you decide to give away the rest of the clones make sure that you don’t end up giving another grower a plant that has fungi on it, as it could be disastrous for his or her crop.
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Growing and maintaining mother plants is a whole world in itself. Many growers haven’t even delved into this topic due to how difficult people think it is. The thing is, when you stop and think about it, these plants have the capacity to stick around for as long as we want, making it possible for you to constantly get clones from one particular plant that you love. If you ever get tired of planting normalish seeds that people recommend to you, but only one of them is any good, they turn out to be hermies or sensible to fungus, then the best thing for you is to find that perfect strain and milk the plant for all it as by making clones. That way you always have the weed you want, or you can exchange it with someone else that smokes for their bud. Either way, you’ll have a nice constant supply of something that you know is good.
Once you have your clones ready to go, rooted and guaranteed to survive, you can then move them to a growth area where they can also be put to 18h of light, and then pass the plants from the seeds to the flowering period. Keep your clones alive while the plants flower, and you’ll begin seeing which one is the most similar to the one you want.
Grow them just like you’d grow any other plant, 18 hours of light for about a month and a half, and then you can start getting cuttings. You’ll need to wait for them to get kind of big, as if you clone when the plants are too small, you might lose the entire plant afterwards due to rot. Get about four cuttings from each plant if you can.
Growing and maintaining mother plants can be a challening, lengthy but rewarding and satisfying task if done properly. Read on to find out how.
Let’s take a look at why mother plants are so important as well as how to maintain and preserve the quality of a mother.
You’ll want clones taken from mothers with strong cell walls and high carbohydrate levels. Use nutrients that have a high percentage of calcium to help bind cell walls and increase the density of carbohydrates. These carbohydrates, plus water stored in the clone, will be used to produce roots.
Some farmers also protect their mother plants by germinating and growing them in an organic base. “By starting out organic, you allow your mother plants to build up immunity to fight diseases as opposed to protecting them with strong non-organic mediums and nutrients,” said Cody Erickson, head grower of Khush Kush in Bellingham, Washington.
Mother plants stay in the vegetative stage as clones are repeatedly clipped from them. It’s important to only take cuttings off a plant in the veg stage, and not off a flowering plant.
Mother plants have a life cycle, just like all living beings. Even with meticulous care, your favorite mother plant will show diminishing returns over time. The clones taken will grow with less vigor, produce lower-grade cannabis, and leave you reminiscing of better days.
Once you have chosen your mother plant, focus its nutrient regimen specifically for a mother. It needs to stay healthy while handling the stress of having cuttings repeatedly clipped from it.
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This post was originally published on May 11, 2018. It was most recently updated on February 27, 2020.
This can take anywhere from a year to several years. It’s a good idea to store seeds from plants you’re currently growing so that when the time comes, you’ll be ready to start over with the same genetics you love.
The key to cloning cannabis is to start with the right mother plant. Learn about mother plants and how to pick the best one for high-quality clones.