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Commercial Cannabis & Hemp Clones

Growing Healthy Cannabis Clones

Growing healthy cannabis and hemp clones is an extreme undertaking. Understanding what commercial farms need for their upcoming grow season is only the first step when dealing with corporate cloning. The 2017-2018 cannabis growing season has met many difficult moments, starting with who farms were sourcing their clones from. Oregon farms were scrambling this grow season to find methods the OLCC would approve to spray and eradicate pests farmers were picking up from local clone companies who did not monitor what they were shipping out. Local clone companies made millions while the farms receiving product were bound to suffer from extremely difficult pests like the russet mite. Other factors such as multiple large fires caused the UV light spectrum to be diluted and thus the yielding of the cannabis and hemp plants has also been reduced. Fortunately with companies changing their grow around, from decon-rooms, to purchasing cannabis and hemp clones from reputable companies, the following years look extremely profitable for these companies.

CBD Clones or THC Clones

The big question these days is what type of clones should a farm purchase? From CBD to THC, the types of clones are changing, and so are the products that are coming to market. For example CBD also known as Hemp or Cannabidiol, is the medicinal end of marijuana and lacks the psychoactive elements the feds are out to get rid of. Thus allowing for easier transportation, cultivation, including licensing for farms who want to grow CBD. The downside to CBD is the fact that once you grow CBD on your farm, you cannot grow THC plants as the CBD will ruin your THC plants. Growing CBD means your farm is going to be strictly CBD and not a combination of the two. The good thing is, you’ll have an easier time getting your product to market since the laws are less-strict on the item when compared to marijuana. Processors are actively purchasing CBD in flower and trim form and processing into isolate or distillate form for consumption of humans and animals. Ironically enough, animals are becoming the larger market for ingesting CBD, specifically due to illnesses and other issues like anxiety, people are starting to actively seek out CBD oil online for their animals.

Purchasing Clones in California

Unfortunately, the cloning laws have not been defined in California yet. Oregon has already started and almost expired their “no questions asked” policy in regards to purchasing clones from unlicensed producers. Come 2018 all clone growers in Oregon, regardless if they are hemp or cannabis, must have their license per item being sold. All items must enter a software called METRC, which tracks the cannabis or hemp, from “seed to sale” is what they call it. This gives local legislature plenty of oversight to tax and monitor the process, and thus impacts those cloning companies who are trying to transfer from medical cloning to recreational cloning. California cannabis still has a year or two to fully mature and become defined. Cloning companies are staying tight and undeterred since they can function under the MMJ act of CA proposition 64. The state seems to fall slightly behind Oregon, who is still struggling to figure their own situation out – by only a year or two. Sadly California cloning might become more strict with such defined legalities. The paperwork to file as a licensed cloning company in the state of CA is almost 2-3x more tedious than that of other states like Washington, Oregon, and Nevada.

Cannabis & Hemp Clone Investors

After the recent 2017 win for recreational cannabis in California, has become the time for companies who would not typically jump into the cannabis market, doing just that. Cannabis and hemp investment companies are serious about their money, and are coming from industries not typically expected. With the expansion of the new industry is new business opportunity, such as B2B efforts like growing for other farms, renting farm equipment, processing services, and many other items including licensing and compliance consulting. Companies are enjoying the room to move and the amount of profits to be made from the industry. Everyone expects the industry to filter itself out in regards to those “un-motivated” cannabis farms, who cut corners and provide an insufficient product. Over the next 5 years companies will gain capital from sales including investors to help fund their start operations. Investors have been waiting for this moment for some time are now starting to take a look at future potential.…

Cannabis Clones of the Future - Los Angeles California

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 …