We get people asking a lot of questions about plenty of different topics when it comes to growing at Cultivate.
We noticed that a lot of newer growers (and even some experienced customers) would ask some of the same questions about cloning. Once you get the basics down, cloning is very simple, if not just tedious depending on the size of your garden.
So here’s some of the most frequently asked questions about cloning that we get at Cultivate.
When is The Best Time for Coning?
Before you cut any clones, you need to make sure you have a sufficient mother plant that you can take the clones from. This will be a female plant expressing the best genetics in your selection after at least 5 weeks of growth from seed.
You want the plant you are cutting from to have plenty of side branches and shoots that are developed enough to cut. Check out our guide on how to clone to find out the best way to cut clones and when.
What Medium is Best for Clones?
You have options for what medium you decide to use for your clones. However, as clones are small and delicate, you can’t just plant them straight into your garden and expect them to take off. They need to be monitored individually in a contained environment.
Rockwool or coco blocks are a popular, as they are designed for holding clones and most can be put in different size trays together with covers that keep them safe from outside exposure. Those with more experience may consider using an aerocloner instead.
Cultivate carries all of these options, plus the containers and supplements to help produce the best clones possible.
What is the Ideal Temperature for Clones?
Temperature and humidity are essential to successful cloning. If your temperature is below 68°F, your clones will avoid rooting. It is best to keep your humidity level at 70% and temperature at 75°F.
A warm and wet environment is ideal. Keep your clones hydrated and covered with a propagation dome at the proper temperature to maintain humidity. Be sure to watch for mold, as too warm and wet won’t be good for your clones.
How Do I Know When to Transplant My Clones?
If everything is done correctly, temperature and humidity maintained, you should see your clones start rooting in 7-10 days. If you are planting larger, more mature clones, they may root even sooner.
Continue to monitor your plants until your roots begin to break through the bottom of your medium. You can then transplant straight into your new medium.
At this point, you want to cut back on how much you are feeding your clones. As your new medium dries, the roots will reach down for good grip and to find food, making them more secure.
These are just some of the more popular questions we get asked here at Cultivate about cloning. If you have specific questions or just need help with your clones, you can talk to us right here, or come into Cultivate and chat with us in person!