Marijuana cloning gives you the opportunity to have dozens of near-identical female plants ready to flip into flowering as soon as their root system can handle it.The first few times I tried cloning cannabis, I failed miserably. Even though I watched endless tutorials on the subject and read countless cloning how-to articles, I just couldn’t make it happen. I followed to the letter the advice that was dished, and yet my little cannabis cuttings stayed green a week or two, then fell over and died, with little to no root development. At the time it was soul crushing.
It was so frustrating that I gave up for a while. But eventually, having dealt with a plethora of unforeseen, unfortunate circumstances, I realized I had no choice but to become a master at marijuana cloning if I wanted to realize long-lasting success. Here’s why…
1. Marijuana Cloning Preserves Unique Genetics
Sooner or later, you have a female marijuana plant that looks, smells, tastes, stones and yields better than any plant you’ve ever grown before.
I’ve grown 10 non-feminized seeds of a specific marijuana strain and gotten good phenotypes from all six females those seeds produced. However, one phenotype was clearly superior and I knew this lady she was a keeper.
At this point you have two choices: A partial harvest that allows you to regrow the plant, or cloning.
If you harvest that plant all the way to the soil line and you haven’t taken clones, you’ll never see that exact phenotype again. What a waste of good genetics! Some plants are one of a kind and you want to perpetuate them for more than one season.
2. Marijuana Cloning Saves You Time
When you’re sure of your favorite phenotypic plants, you can take clones from them.
Generally, clones are taken during late grow phase or from permanent grow phase motherplants, but some growers want to observe phenotypic performance in the early weeks following the transition to 12-12 lighting, and may take clones within a couple of weeks of that transition.
By the time you’re harvesting your older plants, the clones you took from them will be well along in grow phase and ready for bloom phase.
Compared to growing each new crop from seed, you can get 1–3 more harvests per year doing a perpetual marijuana cloning cycle.
3. Marijuana Cloning For SCROG And SOG
Marijuana cloning gives you standardized female plants ready to flip into flowering as soon as their root system can handle it.
This provides the opportunity for a dense sea of green (SOG) garden of single-cola clones that have bud development from top to bottom, and grow no more than approximately 14–24 inches high.
Or you can use marijuana clones in screen of green (SCROG) garden, with a screen trellis through which the plants grow to provide horizontal support for shorter-than-usual plants that are trained to be dense with horizontal bud development.
SOG and SCROG methods maximize square footage, light output, and horizontal space. They’re perfect for smaller grow ops, especially those with limited height.
4. Cloning Allows You To Trade And Sell Cannabis Genetics
Thousands of people sell marijuana clones and seeds, but only a few of these boast genetics worth buying.
If you create reliable rooted clones from fantastic phenotypes, you can sell them for at least $10 each, if not more.
And very rare cuts of the most on-trend strains including Platinum Kush, Sour Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies, Querkle, Golden Goat, Jesus OG, Durban Poison, Space Queen, Tangie and Neville’s Haze are selling for as much as $1000 per cut — sometimes more! So think of the moneymaking potential of a superior clone.
5. Marijuana Cloning Helps You In Emergencies
In our article on how growers deal with overwhelming natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey, we explained that if growers can’t save their adult marijuana plants, they can at least clone the plants and bring those clones to safety.
There are several unfortunate scenarios in which growers have had to quickly shut down a grow room or outdoor marijuana garden, including:
- Impending natural disaster such as hurricane, fire or flooding.
- Landlord announces sudden visit to a rental house in which you’re growing.
- Electricity or water supply cut off, and no backup generator or water supply.
- Invasive family or friends stopping by for an unplanned visit.
- Relationship breakup, with your partner threatening to nark you out.
- Impending potential bust or grow house rip-off.
- Air conditioning or other equipment sudden failure, with no way to repair.
- Plants threatened by pests, molds, mildews, fungi and diseases.
- Sudden need to be away from the grow house and you have no grow helper to fill in for you.
In these circumstances, you can take your clones, put them into a humidity tray and dome, tape it shut, and take them with you as you make your escape.
The clones might have a difficult time of it, but if you can keep them alive until you have a chance to restart a new crop cycle, it’s better than a total loss.
Take a look at our how-to article about successful marijuana cloning that will help guide you to become a master marijuana cloning expert today.