The Future of Legal Cannabis Clones, is in Los Angeles California
With years of experience in the medical and soon to be recreational cannabis industry. Los Angeles California stands to be on the forefront of revolutionizing the mass-cannabis and mass-clone programs to be able to accommodate the growing demand for the product. For the time (before big cannabis jumps onboard) Growers are sourcing their clones from numerous clone growers in Los Angeles Ca, who specifically grow clones and keep the plants in “dormant” mode before the site/purchased is licensed as a legal grower and is able to bring the clones to bud. If California follows Oregon, they will allow growers to source clones from any clone company – no license required for the clone company, BUT – if you are a grower, you will need to have your license before the clones are brought to your property – this is a must!
The cool thing about growing clones, is you are growing a legal product that doesnt have as much value as harvested cannabis, and is a business in itself. It makes financial sense to have your clones grown offsite. Consider purchasing your Clones for sale in Los Angeles, from a clone company who is familiar with the process and has years of experience with clones specifically. Below we outline the clone growing process and what to look for when purchasing cannabis clones.
This article will take you through the process of creating your own cannabis plants without seeds, looking at the pros and cons of clones versus seeds, as well as preventing common problems with pests and mold. Ensuring fully organic cuttings without the need for chemical rooting material is also important so I include information about the perfect organic alternatives.
Cloning sounds like a scary artificial process, but any gardener knows that plants reproduce genetically identical versions of themselves naturally. With our scientific techniques, we are merely perfecting what they already do, and have made it more reliable and consistent. Whether it is a spider plant producing plantlets, or potato plants from tubers, or mint or strawberry runners sprouting sideways, these are naturally occurring clones.
Introduction to cannabis cloning
Cloning cannabis plants is similar to taking a cutting from any other plant. You will know when your mature mother plant is ready when there are vigorous shoots from where the leaves are alternating. Identify where there is a healthy new branch, and cut away at a 45 degree angle to ensure maximum stem exposure. With the right nutrients the roots of your new plant will emerge from this cut, and soon you will have a smaller identical copy of the mother plant.
Why cannabis cloning, not cannabis seed?
If you can buy seeds for cannabis cultivation, you may wonder why cloning is necessary. But when you have spent time testing plants propagated from seeds, you will start to see why cloning is so popular.
Seeds offer the grower a wide choice of varieties and guarantee of quality. However, despite similarities within strains, each seedling will vary and react differently to the same growing conditions. They will also produce both male and female plants. In cannabis cultivation, female plants are most desirable because only female plant produce buds/flowers.
Once you have found the perfect mother plant, with your ideal characteristics of flavour, potency, you will be keen to reproduce its qualities across your entire harvest. You also want healthy, hardy female plants with vigorous growth, good complex root systems and excellent yields. Given that all cuttings will generate genetically identical plants, you can be sure of their consistency. This is not the only advantage to cloning. They will also react in a similar way to their mother plant to their environmental conditions so it will be better for you as a grower.
If you take care of your mother plant, you will have a virtually inexhaustible supply of cuttings.
The benefits include the speedy creation of mature plants. Seedlings take around 6 weeks to even get to the sex identification stage, so you can see the immediate advantages of cuttings. Given that plants from clones are the same age as the mother plant, they are already mature and strong, so will grow faster than normal seedlings.
The other and most important advantage is cost. Cloning requires nothing more than scissors and a container of water. You can add rooting material to the stem to assist growth. It is all dependent on your growing conditions and subsequent care, but you are virtually guaranteed healthy female plants.
Hormone rooting for cannabis clones
Cannabis growers have endlessly debated whether hormonal rooting stimulators are needed for the cloning process. Given time, however, a stem placed in clean water will create its own rooting hormone. There are many commercially available options in gel, spray, liquid or powder format, and their purpose is to encourage the cutting to manufacture its own root cells. Synthetic plant chemicals in a rooting hormone will facilitate this process.
Organic rooting stimulators
There has recently been a move towards naturally occurring rooting stimulants because people want to avoid extraneous chemical intervention. This is especially important if they are advertising an end product as 100% organic. There are three relatively common natural substances which you can use for your clones. Aloe vera, willow extract, and honey.
The two major ingredients for hormone rooting are indolebutyric acid and salicylic acid. People claim that either powdered or fresh aloe vera assists with the rooting process. It contains many nutrients, useful enzymes and amino acids, but it also contains the two active acids mentioned above. Salicylic acid is synthesised by plants, and acts as a natural defence. Natural substances containing this chemical have long been recognised by horticulturalists as an excellent rooting compound. Fresh aloe has the added benefit of being a wetting agent.
Willow also includes both IBA and salicylic acid. For many years willow was used for pain relief which we now know as aspirin. You can either buy willow extract ready to use, or you can make your own willow ‘tea’ or willow water. It can be made from soaking cuttings of any salix species of tree or shrub in water. You then place your cuttings in it, and wait for the root system to develop.
Honey is also a natural rooting compound. It shouldn’t really be a surprise that this miracle substance is good for cloning plants. The reason why many plants fail to root is because bacteria can affect growth, and honey is renowned for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Dip the cutting in honey, and plant as required. It may not be as fast as synthetic rooting compounds, but growth will be good.
Whatever you are using to encourage root growth, store your rooting compounds in a cool, dark, dry place. Before using it, check that it isn’t contaminated and that the box or packaging hasn’t been damaged or tampered with. Do not use, or bring your plants in to contact with, anything which may adversely affect the health of your clones.
Preventing problems and dealing with pests
Cleanliness is everything when creating clones. Just as a hospital operating theatre demands high levels of hygiene from medical staff and their implements, you must also clean and disinfect all your tools. When you take cuttings you are leaving your plants vulnerable. Like humans, plants are also susceptible to infection and bacteria. This will negatively impact your crop, resulting in a poor harvest.
Once you have your cannabis plants growing happily and healthy, it pays to stay vigilant. There are a multitude of pests which are also interested in the properties of your harvest. The list of bugs is a long one, but includes aphids, flies, spider mites, caterpillars, and others. Any infestation must be caught early because it could affect your entire investment.
For instance spider mites are particularly persistent and difficult to eradicate. They develop a resistance to the normal methods of removal so you have to be successful first time, ensuring they are not hiding anywhere. Many initial infestations arrive in plants purchased as mother plants for cloning. This usually spells trouble because they could be ‘super mites’, and resistant to pesticides. They can demolish entire crops overnight.
If you are paying attention to your plants, you should notice immediately if you have even the smallest outbreak of powdery mildew, or powdery mold (WPM). Like spider mites, if you don’t catch it early, this microscopic problem can mean the destruction of an entire crop, as well as contamination of equipment. The only effective way to treat it is to prevent the problem occurring in the first place; good housekeeping and efficient air circulation will maintain plant health. There are some fungicidal sprays, as well as some natural plant remedies, but it is very difficult to eradicate.
When in doubt – do your research! Always keep up with your legal / federal cannabis guidelines when doing business in this industry. Enjoy!