Since the legalization of marijuana in many different countries, growing your own cannabis has become possible in some markets. There are a few main ways to do that: using seeds or clones. Each has its pros and cons, and choosing the right solution for you can mean success or failure.
Cloning, in cultivation terms, is a process where the cultivator takes a “cutting” from a mother plant that (ideally) has great genetics and is in great health, in an effort to reproduce it. If done correctly, the cloning process can be repeated again and again.
If you are considering cloning, you will definitely want to spend time researching the cloning process and know best practices before you begin to ensure you are fully prepared. After researching and preparing, you must find a trusted source to purchase your clone. Preferably, it will be someone you know or a reputable breeder that has a healthy adult plant to take cuttings from. This will help eliminate any questions you have regarding the health of the clone and remove the risks associated with ordering a clone online from someone you don’t know.
Clones have high potential to fail unless treated with the right amount of nutrients and light to avoid “seedling shock”, which results in failure of the clone to take root. They are also susceptible to disease (especially if the “mother” plant is diseased), fungi, and pest damage. Cloning is not easy and may require an investment to get started, but once you have the tools you need and really understand the process, it becomes second nature.
Cloning can be a great way to save time and money, in the long run. Cultivators are able to harvest the crops of a clone earlier than a seed, which will allow them to grow more at a faster pace. They can also start cloning their own plants, which will eliminate having to buy them elsewhere.
As always, when it comes to cultivating hemp or cannabis plants, you should refer to your state laws in order to protect yourself and ensure your operation is legal/protocol is being followed.