High to everyone! Some quick deets about my cloning routine … I use an aero-cloner to root cuttings, and I use no additives to my city tap water (PPM 50) other than a little liquid CaMg+ and I do mean a little. You can certainly choose to use products that help the rooting process along if you choose.
The big difference for you will be that you will have to clean your cloner out regularly. The way I run mine using just a 20-watt LED (household type) daylight spectrum bulb, I only need to clean it like 3 times a year. If you are using nutrients in your cloners you can run more powerful lighting and obviously root cuttings faster. Most of these type nutrients are synthetic, it’s not a huge deal this early in their life, but a consideration. Nano doses of organic Earthjuice grow also works well if you wanna go that way.
I like using small cheap tents to house my cloners if possible. However, no matter how you like to root cuttings, these tips will help you out if you don’t know them already. Bubble-cloners work very well too, and they are super easy to build from totes or buckets.
Being able to reliably root and grow cuttings is a must have skill if you ask me, for reasons I’ll explain below. In the video I’ll show you guys how to “shave” your cuttings to enhance their rooting speed and chances for success—I run a pretty consistent 95%+ rooting success using my style.
Where to Take Cuttings From
Basically, a simple rule of thumb here good peeps, take the cuttings from the lowest axial branches that have super healthy growth—boom! The super important part is the super healthy growth. Of course, you could use the very tip top of the plant to make a cutting from, and this works often as well, but increasing your odds is what it’s all about, and the mid to lower axial branches have higher probabilities of successfully rooting.
If you grow your vegging plants under a light source like T5 lights, these plants will have higher probabilities to root cuttings than if the vegging plants are grown under intense lighting, like the kind used for flowering. So, keeping mother clone plants under T5s would be optimal.
When to Take Cuttings and How to Cut Them
I like taking cuttings at any transplant, at the same time—right before the transplant. I routinely cut off lower axial branches at every transplant to aid in the air circulation around the plant, and opening up that lower part of the plant to air circulation—don’t underestimate the power of this move. I like to use super sharp scissors to take cuttings with; always clean your scissors between taking cuttings.
Being able to reliably clone gives you great power over your own destiny. With some proactive measures in place, you can grow from seeds, select your favorites, and continue enjoying them from flowering clones—of clones of clones etc. Your gardens will stay pest free, totally. No parasites; because truth be told most parasites ride in on imported clones … or friends coming into your gardens from pest infested gardens. Running pest free gardens is amazing!
Another HUGE perk here, is another rule of thumb, always flower clones when growing in containers. The reasons for this are twofold:
- First of all, clones do much better in containers than seed plants, they yield larger and have more potent resin production. Alternately, seed plants do much better outdoors in the ground than clones.
- Second, like I said above, more potent resin, and I mean that in a big way. Outdoors in sunshine plants reach maturity within the season, intense sunlight increases the plants’ metabolism, along with outdoor conditions, including wind. Indoors, even under intense lighting, flowering seedling plants produces a subpar level of potency when compared to flowering a clone of that seedling plant.