When most people talk about cloning the first thing that comes to mind is Dolly the sheep or the 1996 Michael Keaton movie Multiplicity.  With the legalization of cannabis, however, there’s a whole new type of cloning we need to be talking about. That’s the cloning of a cannabis plant to get more plants for your garden.  Don’t worry; this doesn’t have anything to do with DNA or mad science; it’s a time-honored gardening tradition that goes back nearly as long as gardening itself. If you’ve ever wondered how you can accomplish this feat and get more hemp plants for yourself, then read on and enjoy this handy guide from Dime Bags.

Getting Started With Cannabis Cloning
Remember how we said it’s a fairly easy process? Well, it is, but you’re going to need a few things to get started.  These are water, a razor for taking cuttings (NOT a pair of scissors, those puppy’s crush stems before they cut), a medium to root it in, and rooting hormone.  All of these are easy to get from your local home and garden shop. Now that you have all of these available, it’s time to take a look at your crop and find yourself a likely candidate.

Which Plants To Clone
So what you want to find is a good healthy plant that’s growing strong into its second month of producing vegetation.  You can go earlier if you absolutely month, but don’t try it with anything less than three weeks old. During this period you’ll find that your cuttings have a better chance of taking off and rooting firmly.

How To Prepare To Clone
Alright, so here’s where things get tricky.  You don’t want to try to clone a plant that has been fertilized within the last few days.  The presence of nitrogen can make your cuttings try to bush out into vegetation instead of driving down roots.  Be very gentle and work in a clean environment, over-agitating either the mother plant (the one you’re taking the clone from) or the cutting can lead to bad times.  When you make the cut, use a 45-degree angle to get as much surface area as possible for rooting purposes, and then dip it straight into the water, so air doesn’t have a chance to get into the stem.

Once you’ve taken all the clippings, you want its time to dip them in a rooting hormone and get them into your rooting medium.  Some people suggest using water for this, in part because its the best way to quickly see how successful your clone has been. Others suggest Rockwool cubes, a special kind of rooting material that’s renowned for its arability and retention of moisture.  Finally, of course, you could just use soil. None of these are wrong answers, its all a matter of preference in the end.

These are just the absolute basics to get you started.  If you’re looking to get serious about cloning marijuana and growing it, then we suggest you do some serious research into the subject.  We hope that we’ve provided you enough of an overview to understand how easy it is, now get out there and start developing the next great strain!

Additional Reads:

Cannabis 101: What is a Thai Stick?

How to Clone Cannabis Plants 

 

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