How to Grow Clones | Pro Tips for Growing Marijuana in California
You’re off to a great start growing legal marijuana once you purchase Homegrown Nursery’s cannabis clones. That’s awesome! You already skipped the initial steps you would have had to take if you had bought seeds, but now, what next?
If you’re wondering how to grow clones into healthy marijuana plants, you’re in the right place. Here are a few tips to help you throughout the entire cannabis cultivation process.
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Tips on How to Grow Marijuana Clones
Whether you’re an experienced farmer or this is your first time growing cannabis, we want to support you. Our cultivation experts have some top tips to share. So you can learn how to grow clones into healthy plants, and uncover some essential secrets for marijuana cultivators.
Cannabis Plant Clones: Things You Should Know
Ever since growing marijuana in California became legal, many growers are looking for ways to cultivate their plants. Starting with cannabis clones is an excellent investment, but what else should you know about clones? Different from a seedling, a clone is already an adult plant. Keep a close eye on it during the vegetative cycle as if you’re not careful it can start pre-flowering. Ideally, you want to have a plant with plenty of buds, so the stronger it grows, the better it will flower.
The cannabis plant goes through two cycles during its life, vegetative and flowering. Balancing the time that the plant stays in the vegetative cycle is highly recommended to ensure robust and flavorful buds. During the vegetative cycle, it grows roots and foliage. So, the plant should receive plenty of light, ideally 18 hours a day. Pay close attention to your marijuana plant during this stage to make sure it grows healthily. Some signs of heat stress include curling or drooping leaves, and lack of light may cause the plant to become a hermaphrodite and start producing seeds. We will dive deeper into more details about this process in the sections ahead.
Right after purchasing your clones
We recommend you make space for your clones before they arrive so you can transplant them immediately. However, if you’re unable to transplant your clones right away, here are some tips on how you can temporarily store them until you’re able to do it properly.
- Start by preparing a diluted nutrient solution: 400 to 600 ppm (parts per million) and water your clones with this mixture.
- Place your clones under a low-intensity fluorescent light, preferably with T8 or T12 bulbs. Avoid T5 lights at this stage, as it can make the clone grow faster.
- Keep the cubes moist but pay attention to avoid water accumulating in the tray.
- If you see that the clones are stretching and growing fast, keep them apart and prepare to transplant as soon as possible.
Follow these steps to give yourself more time to set up things properly for your clones.
Preparing To Transplant Your Cannabis Clones
Start by preparing the soil you chose to receive the clones. This preparation can include soaking, conditioning, or a number of other steps. To improve the structure of the soil, you can use substances such as synthetic or organic fertilizer as well as oyster shell meal, which can help with the pH buffering.
First, transplant your clone to a 1-gallon container, and once the roots are developed, you can transplant it again to a larger vessel. It’s crucial for the cannabis plant to have a fully developed rootball, which can take a couple of weeks.
Transplant Your Clones To A Larger Space
Want to reduce the transplant shock some clones may be feeling? Soak your cannabis clones in a solution with vitamin and hormones for about 15 minutes before transplanting them. You can use solutions such as Superthrive or Vitazyme, which are known to minimize stress on growing plants.
While your clones are soaking, dig a hole in the larger pot or grow space, about the size of the 1-gallon container. The rock wool cube should be at the same level as the soil. Fill in the soil around the cube, making sure it’s all in contact, and the rock wool cube is not exposed. Water your clone thoroughly to ensure there are no air pockets, and the cube is in contact with the water. Always pack the soil gently around the cube after watering, and after a few weeks your clone will be well-rooted.
Ease Your Cannabis Plant Clones Into Direct Light
Depending on your location and the current season, you may choose to grow your cannabis plants outdoors. In our nursery, clones are kept under a 24-hour fluorescent or LED lighting. So, it’s crucial to make a smooth transition into natural sunlight to avoid shock.
After transplanting, start by exposing the marijuana plant to indirect sunlight and partial shade for the first few days. Also, check how humid the rock wool cube is. Sometimes, the soil in the pot can take the moisture away from the cube, and it will be too dry to support the plant. If you see this happening, pour water into the cube itself.
As your plant is growing, keep an eye out for nutrient deficiencies, mildew or other issues. Once you feel your plant has reached a good size, you can change the lighting schedule to make it start flowering. The plant will begin to grow buds as soon as it starts getting at least 12 hours of darkness, and that’s when you need to control the schedule. During the flowering process, the cannabis plant must obtain 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness.
How To Grow Marijuana Clones For High THC?
Undoubtedly, the flowering process is the most exciting part of growing marijuana in California or anywhere else where cannabis laws are in place. Depending on the strain you choose, the flowering process can vary in time. On average, it usually takes a couple of weeks. It is crucial to monitor your plants daily to check how buds are growing and make sure they’re all exposed to the same amount of light.
The best time to harvest your marijuana buds is when they have a higher concentration of THC. Harvesting at the right time is vital for gaining a potent effect. When trichome heads look milky-white, and the hairs are darkened and curled, you’ll know the buds are ready for picking. Magnifying glasses can help you inspect the trichome’s appearance. However, this timing may change depending on the specific strain you chose and the particular effect you are hoping to gain from the plant.
We hope this helped you learn more about how to grow clones. If you’re ready to start growing marijuana, count on us to help with top-quality feminized clones with verified genetics.