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The Grow Room forums; I was reading the April 2007 magazine when I came across a pretty interesting article. Somebody asked what was the ...
Best way to make clones
I was reading the April 2007 magazine when I came across a pretty interesting article. Somebody asked what was the best way to make clones, how do you make clones, what's a good temperature, etc. This article was a great read. Check it out.
ARTICLE FROM HIGH TIMES APRIL 2007 MAGAZINE
The best way to make clones is always the way that is best for you! You can propagate or reproduce cannabis by cutting a growing branch tip and rooting it. Here's the way I like to make clones.
Choose a mother plant that's at least two months old. If the variety is difficult to clone, leach the soil with 2 gallons of water for each gallon of soil every morning for a week before taking clones. Don't add fertilizer. Use a sharp blade to make a 45-degree cut across firm, healthy branches, generally those that are 0.125 to 0.25 inches [3 to 6 mm] wide and 2 to 4 inches [3 to 5cm] in length. Take care not to smash the end of the stem when making the cut. Trim off 2 or 3 sets of leaves and growth nodes so the stem can fit into the soil There should be at least two sets of leaves above the soil line and 1 or 2 sets of trimmed nodes below ground. When cutting, make the slice halfway between the sets of nodes. Immediately place the cut end in water. Store cut clones in water while making more clones.
I like to use Oasis root cubes. Saturate cubes in water pH balanced at about 6.0. Make a hole in the cube a little larger then the stem. The hole should stop about half a inch from the bottom of the container to allow for root growth. Dip stem in a rooting gel as per instructions. When planting, take special care to keep a solid layer or hormone gel or powder around the stem while gently packing soil into place. Lightly water until the surface is evenly moist. Keep cuttings moist at all times, but don't let the soil get soggy. Clones root fastest with 18 to 24 hours of fluorescent light. Coll white fluorescents [or a combination of warm and cool white] are excellent for rooting. Clones root fastest when humidity levels are 95% to 100% the first two days and gradually reduced to 80% to 85% during the following week. A humidity tent will help keep humidity high. Construct the tent out of plastic bags, rigid plastic, or glass. Remember to leave openings for air to flow in and out so little clones can breathe. If practical, mist clones several times a day as an alternative to the humidity tent. Remove any sick, rotting, or dead foliage.
Cut leaves in half to lower transpiration surface and keep them from overlapping. Clones root faster when the growing medium is a few degrees warmer than the ambient air temperature. For best results, keep the rooting medium at 75 to 80 degrees F [or 24 to 27 degrees C]. Keep the air temperature cooler by 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit [or 3 to 5.5 degrees Celsius] than the substrate. Use a heat pad, heating cables or an incandescent light bulb to heat rooting medium.
In about two weeks, your cutting should be rooted. Signs that you've rooted include yellow leaf tips, roots growing out drain holes and vertical growth of the clones.
I hope everyone enjoyed the read. I typed it right out of the magazine. Man, my neck hurts!
"I hope everyone enjoyed the read. I typed it right out of the magazine. Man, my neck hurts!"
lol thanks for the sacrifice.
Great post Pauliojr, a couple tips that you can utilize, or not...make your cuts under water, and I like using a piece of styrofoam, take a pencil and "stab" holes thru it, place in your water, and add your clones.
A cheap way to maintain your humidity...
You are right my friend. I have heard from many people and many videos to make the cuts under water to prevent air from rushing up the stem.
Originally Posted by videoman40
Great post.I am an underwater cutter myself and last 12 clone sessions am at 100 percent survival "knock on wood".I don't like to cut the clones leaves though. I know a few who do and have tried it twice and found for some reason it slows growth and rooting.Just a personal preference but everyone should expirenment and see what works best.Great post though will help alot of new cloners out.
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clones are a pain ive had good luck but i like to keep my short cycles becouse i grow so many diffrent types to breed for seed stock its faster just to grow more
Clones are a sure fire way to get that perpetual harvest going! Easier than seed as you already know which are females and how well the mother plant has done in the past. As far as leaf cutting goes I also discourage it for a few simple reasons:
1. The cutting is already 'shocked' to a degreee and under stress
2. There are no roots on a cutting yet to uptake nutrients (nor should there be any in your clones water source)
3. By cutting back the leaf area, you only further stress the cutting and reduce the amount of leaf area that can provide photosynthesis. Remember the cutting has to use energy to grow roots- so why reduce the surface area of the leaf if that's the only energy intake possibility?
4. As the plant starts to root it will rob some nitrogen from the leaf area to use elsewhere. If there is less to start with then you get the picture.
I ran my crop for the past 4 years on clones alone and I'm glad I did!
keeping them under a dome for 4 straight days misting the lid and plants time to time works gradullay leave the dome off.
trial by fire taught me to clone... it was clone or die... i highly recommend it, mostly so that i'm not alone in my suffering
Originally Posted by videoman40
you use styrofoam as your medium, in place of soils/vermiculite/etc??
i want to know more...! please tell
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