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To take a cutting:

First, transplant your new weed clones into a more permanent container and medium. Often the grow medium used to house fresh cuttings at the shop will be different than what you use. Also, pests may be present in its medium when you bought it—transplanting your clone to a cleaner space will help mitigate any potential root damage.

Never hesitate to research a dispensary or grow facility before buying clones.

Transplanting your weed clones

Take this time to properly clean your clone with whatever IPM solution you deem fit. A popular method for cleaning new clones involves dipping them into a light solution of whatever safe and approved pesticide you choose.

Most clones will be ready to transplant into soil in 10-14 days, but some root out quicker, and some longer. You’ll know they’re ready when the white roots are an inch or two in length.


If you take a clone from a plant you already have, they’re free! You just need to invest in some supplies. Although, you can buy clones from a dispensary if you want.

When getting ready to transplant, be sure to keep the environment sterile. Transplant shock can occur, so be sure to use gloves when handling clones.

Growing a mother plant cannabis

Once this process is done, we like to give them a little test for fungi and whatnot. I take one clone from each plant that I’ve picked and then take them outside and introduce them to fungi like oidium. I leave them there for twenty days to see if the plants get infected or not. If you end up with a plant that hasn’t gotten any fungi on it, then that’s a winner; if it didn’t get infected by force then it won’t happen accidentally. This is a great way to tell if plants are fragile or not. I’ve already discovered a few practically immune strains by using this method.

If you notice that your plant suddenly stops growing it’s because it’s filled the flowerpot up with roots and it needs a transplant; you’ll need to constantly transplant it until a certain point, in which it stops growing at around 20L. At this stage you’ll need to prune the roots and transplant it back to a 11L pot, leaving enough roots to fill a 7L pot so that it can grow some more. The plant will look sad for a couple of days but it should be happy again on the third day. You’ll need to do this every 5 months or so.

Grab your chosen clone or clones and top them, which is essentially pruning the top of the plant. Once they grow out their branches you’ll need to cut the tips off the branches just once, leaving two other sprouts underneath wherever you prune to make sure that two more branches can grow from where you’ve cut. It’s better to give the plant the shape you want before getting the clones. Once your plants are ready to be pruned again, you need to prune the upper leaves rather than the lower ones so that the plant grows out wider at the top. Keep growing the plant that way and you’ll end up with around 40 calyxes pointing upwards, making for nice and straight clones which makes everything more comfortable.

Step 2: Cloning the Plants and Flowering the Seeds

It’s extremely important to adjust the pH in your irrigation water due to how long the plant is going to spend in the same flowerpot. If you keep an eye on it you shouldn’t have any issues with nutrition and whatnot.

Once you have your clones ready to go, rooted and guaranteed to survive, you can then move them to a growth area where they can also be put under 18h of light, and then begin flowering your original seeds. Keep your clones alive while your plants flower, and you’ll begin seeing which one is the most similar to the one you want.

Mother plantStep 4: Grow Your Mother Plant

Of course, this process requires growing indoors and having a room and lighting system dedicated specifically for your mother plant. This is already enough to turn many growers off the idea, as not everybody has access to two different rooms for maintaining mother plants and then growing out the clones.

This is the best part of the process; trying all of the plants that have bloomed and been harvested. Call a couple of friends over and ask for their opinion while you’re at it! Then, you get to pick the one that’s the closest to what you’re looking for. Usually, you’ll end up with 3 or 4 that you really like.