If you are from a place where growing cannabis is legal, you may expand your plant by growing clones indoors. Planting marijuana clones is an easy process which requires some simple steps to complete. Pick a clean pot with new soil and give it a warm and moist environment with ample lighting to make sure the clones grow.
Ensure a Normal and Healthy Environment
Quarantine your clones for three to five days. When you got your marijuana clones from an external source, make sure you quarantine them first before you go and plant them. Put them in another room and let them stay there for three to five days. During this period, you must examine the clones and make sure they don’t have pests or fungus that can spread to other plants.
- Blistered, twisted, and wet-looking leaves are signs of russet mites or broad mites.
- Bite marks or small specks on the leaves are indications of spider mites.
- Yellow spots on the plant’s leaves signify the presence of a fungus known as leaf Septoria.
- Fuzzy patches, white spots, or powdery-looking leaves are indications of white powdery mildew.
Dip the Infected Marijuana Clones in the Foliar Pests or Fungal Control Products
Both fungi and pests will disappear when you use a fungal or pest control product. You can get this in a cannabis supply store or garden shop. Pour the fluid on the container where the clones can fit in. Dip every clone in the fluid and allow it to dry completely before you start planting. Make sure you wear gloves to keep your hands unexposed to the solution. In case it occurs, make sure you wash the water with warm water and soap right away. You should avoid getting your eyes in contact with the solution as well.
Start with Clean or New Pots with Drainage Holes
The pots must have drainage holes to prevent the soil from getting waterlogged. To avoid contamination, you must use new pots or sterilized pots before you start planting the clones. Dip or spray used pots in hydrogen peroxide or bleach to cut leftovers and the biological residue from past plants. Allow the pots to dry completely before you use them. You can also transplant the marijuana clones in small or medium-sized pots to avoid draining and wasting the nutrients while watering the plants.
Use High-Quality Soil with High Nitrogen Levels and Good pH Level
Select organic soil with a wide array of ingredients. Soil must contain high nitrogen amounts for marijuana clones, compared to soil that has more phosphorus for flowering shrubs. Make sure the pH of the soil you prefer to use is around six for better results. You must buy new soil instead of reusing soil to make sure the clones are not contaminated with fungus or pests from other shrubs.
Plant marijuana clones when the roots are three inches long. Although some growers choose to plant their marijuana clones when the roots are already one inch long, it is better to wait until they are three inches or longer. This will help reduce the possibilities of transplant shock.
Fill the Pot with Slightly Compacted Soil
Leave one inch of space between the soil and the top part of the pot. This will let the water settle down before the soil absorbs it. Get another pot and use its bottom to gently compact the soil. Avoid compacting it that much as it can stop the roots from spreading.
Create a Hole in the Soil and Carefully Put the Clones in It
Never force the cuttings in the soil. Instead, use the pencil’s end to form a hole in the soil and slowly put the clones in the hole. You can use your fingers in filling the hole. When you’re done, get some soil to cover the roots. When you planted the clones in rockwool, you can dig out somewhere in the pot for the rockwool. After that, put the rockwool and clones in the pot then add soil to seal the rockwool.
Water and Mist the Clones Right Away After You Plant Them
Use distilled water for your plants. Avoid using tap water because its mineral, chlorine, and sodium content may damage your clones. As soon as you are thru in putting the clones in a pot, water the soil and let the water run through the holes in the pot’s bottom. After that, you can use a mister or spray bottle to mist the leaves and the stem of every plant.
How to Take Care of Clones
- Make Sure the Temperature Ranges Between 72-77degrees Fahrenheit. Clones need a warm climate for them to survive. They thrive well when the room temperature is between 72 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Make use of a cooling or heating system in the grow room when necessary. Do everything you can to keep the temperature consistent. Fluctuating temperatures can harm your clones.
- Keep the Soil Moist. Check the soil every day to know if the clones need water. The soil must be moist and not saturated. If you can, water the clones as frequent as possible in small amounts. Use a spray bottle or mister to keep the leaves the moist.
- Provide Little to No Breeze for Cloned Plants. It is important to check the ventilation system before you plant the clones and adjust it when necessary. Clones are weak and young, so the excessive breeze will dry out them. Make sure there is little to no breeze within the space where your clones are.
- Treat the Matured Cloned Plants After Six to Eight Weeks. After six to eight weeks, clones are adult cannabis plants. When the roots grow at the bottom, you may transplant them in a bigger pot. Give them a similar volume of light, water, and proper air circulation to help the clones grow further and produce flowers.
Give 18 hours of poor light every day. Clones don’t need strong and bright light. All they need is a weaker light like the one that CFL or compact fluorescent bulbs can produce. Forget about HID or high-intensity discharge light bulbs. Put the bulbs eight inches or 20 centimeters above the clones. Set times on the light bulbs so the clones will gain 18 hours of lighting and 6 hours of dimness in every 24 hours.