The Ultimate Guide to Cloning Weed

bright green weed plant

Weed can be grown or propagated from seeds or plant cuttings

The method a weed gardener ultimately settles for depends on their preferences and what characteristics they’re looking to have in a mature plant and their eventual harvest. 

In this piece, we’ll dive into the specifics of cloning weed. 

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What is weed cloning?

small pot plant

Rest assured that cloning weed is a simple process that’s neither evil nor dangerous. Cloning weed simply means selecting a healthy parent plant that the farmer feels has the traits that they’d want in their crop. 

They cut a small portion of the parent plant and propagate it. That means, after cutting a sapling, it’s planted in a pot or tray in order to develop roots. The propagated sapling will have the same traits and qualities as the parent plant, hence the term cloning. 

Common weed traits that gardeners look for in a parent plant can be any of the following:

  • High productivity
  • Bright colors
  • Foliage that is healthy

Benefits of cloning weed

Gardeners who opt to clone weed are often looking to preserve certain plant traits such as the ones mentioned above. An additional feature that a gardener might want to preserve in a weed plant is potency -  cloning can help achieve that efficiently. 

A weed grower who wants a faster turnaround on weed harvesting will lean towards weed cloning. That’s because they mature faster than planting seeds

Weed seed propagation takes longer to grow to maturity and the harvest is often staggered so ultimately all the plants are not ready for harvest at the same time. That can be a pro as well as a con for a weed gardener.

If a gardener is looking to have a consistent harvest that’s all done at the same time, then weed cloning will provide that result as all the saplings planted at the same time will come to maturity at the same time. 

Perhaps the biggest benefit is that seeds tend to generate inconsistencies in the quality of the harvest, the strength of the plant, time of maturity as well as potency.

However, weed cloning allows the gardener to have control over preferred traits in their crop and therefore an ability to generate more consistent results in the quality of their end product.

Drawbacks of cloning weed

Cannabis seeds, if properly stored, can last for decades. The same cannot be said for saplings as they can only be harvested from an existing parent plant. 

How to clone weed by cutting propagation

Cloning weed is not as hard as it sounds. As a matter of fact, it’s a fairly easy process that most weed growers will master with ease. 

Step one

Choose a weed plant that has the characteristics that you desire. The plant that you choose is referred to as the parent plant.

Now, cut a healthy sapling from the parent plant. The one at the extreme end of a branch yields the best results. Ensure they have tightly spaced nodes as this an indicator that they’re actively growing. Cut below the densely spaced nodes. 

Step two

weed plant in pot

Place the cutting into the soil. Dipping the cutting in a rooting hormone is also recommended as it helps with the development of roots.

The rooting hormone comes in the form of a solution, gel or powder and for optimal results dip the cutting’s planting side for three seconds into the rooting hormone before planting. 

Step three

Ensure the cutting is an inch deep in the ground while surrounding the planted part loosely with soil.

This should be done in a pot or a tray. In the event that one’s propagating more than one cutting in the same pot or tray, make sure that the spacing between the saplings is three to four inches. 

Step four

Cover the tray or pot with a polyethylene cover so that the environment the cuttings are growing under resembles a greenhouse. This step ensures consistency in humidity levels for the cutting.

Making sure their growing environment has consistent moisture at this stage is crucial. The optimal temperature for the rooting stage is 70 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Step five 

Within three to five weeks one can expect the root of the cuttings to have developed to a length of two to four inches.

At this point, the cutting(s) can be transplanted into individual pots where they’ll grow to maturity

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Conclusion

Cloning weed is not rocket science, it does, however, need meticulous care when choosing parent plants and making the cuttings.

Dipping saplings into the rooting hormone is vital as it increases the pace at which the cutting will develop roots. 

For faster harvest turnarounds and consistent quality, cloning weed is a great way to plant weed for cannabis gardeners. 

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