Plumbing Correctly to Grow Hydroponic Cannabis Clones
Growing cannabis clones in soil dates back to as far as can be remembered. Since then, cannabis and hemp cloners have developed different styles of growing and plumbing their cannabis grow systems, including clones and hemp mothers. Cloning (also known as Striking or Cutting) is taking a section (sometimes the top) from a high quality mother plant a grower or farm wants to replicate. Often time growers and farms outsource their clones to local companies to grow offsite and be prepared for the up-coming season. Sometimes the farm will want their own mothers grown offsite, as freeing up the space can allow the farm to replenish easily and maximize cost per square foot. Clone companies are starting to offer discount deals for those companies with larger recurring orders, in other terms – as a recurring clones purchasing subscription program.
A bonus of growing clones via hydroponics is the clone grower has complete control over the plant and can actually turn clones faster then that of a traditional soil cloner. The unfortunate side of cloning via hydroponics is the amount of water required to maintain your clones, including the potential for things to go south quicker than that of soil cloning. With the pros of hydroponic clones, comes the down-falls, which includes clones very sensitive to change. Fortunately with some time and practice, anyone can learn how to clone via hydroponics and learn the plumbing required to self-sustain these clones.
Proper Steps to Grow Clones via Hydroponics
Look at it like growing any vegetable. Growing cannabis clones via hydroponics is the same thing as growing any plant or vegetable via water vs soil. The process of cutting or stalking the clone is as follows.
Step 1. Set up the appropriate clone system/ hydroponic system
Step 2. Gather some trimming shears, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls or paper towel, and a plastic cup
Step 3. Sterilize your tools with the rubbing alcohol
Step 4. Choose your highest quality mother cannabis or hemp plant (this is what all growers/ farmers look for during a grow)
Step 5. Cut from the lowest branches of the plant
Step 6. Remove excess leaves / debris if needed
Step 7. Cut at 45 Degree angle (like your mother does with her roses)
Step 8. Place in hydroponic clone mediums and begin 🙂
Additional Material Breakdown for Cloning
Root Hormone is used on the clones and will be applied on the lowest section of the clones before being placed in a hydroponic pod. This helps prohibit any new roots from growing. Typically root hormone is only needed on hydroponic clone systems and not aeration or soil clone systems. The root hormone comes in jell or dry forms, some prefer the jell yet both work just as effectively. Be very cautious to not allow the root hormone to come in contact with any other part of the clone as it may kill the entire clone or cannabis / hemp plant with ease.
Lighting for your Clones
It is very important for you to keep your clones in adequate lighting. Fortunately you don’t need special clone lighting to grow them. You just need to keep them in the light to avoid any issues.