Cloning is used to save a grower time… and time is money when growing! Clones are always female (granted they are cut from a mother), root faster then seed and are easy to DIY. You will need a clone tray, clone gel or powder (can be bought online or even at Homedepot), sharp cutters, small rock wool cubes, spray bottle and T5 or low watt light to clone.
Most people make the mistake of over watering their clones (see image above) or spraying them with nutrients and water daily to keep them moist. In fact, less is more when it comes to watering clones. Are your clones looking yellow? you might be over watering or over nutrienting them. Think about it for a second… clones are cuts of plants and do not have root systems to absorb nutrients or drink tons of water. Further more the plant does not need to grow foliage, but rather mainly focus on root production right? A plant requires minimal if not any nutrients to grow roots, much like a seed will germinate and grow without nutrients. It requires water and hormones provided by the cloning gel and or powder and does not need to be nutrient-ed to death in order to root.
Adding Golden Tree Nutrients to my Clones:
Only, once the root system is “mature” enough to start absorbing nutrients you should start seeing small roots sticking out of the bottom of the rock wool cubes. Light light light…I cannot stress enough use the lightest nutrient mix possible as to not shock the fragile root system of the newly rooted clones. Mix 0.25 ml – 0.5ml of Golden Tree with a gallon of water and add it to the spray bottle. Pick up and spray ONLY the bottom of each cube lightly with the solution once every 1-3 days, depending on the “feel” of the cubes. Do not soak the cubes! The cubes should feel damp, but not wet.
Nurturing clones can feel quite tedious, but remember the healthier you can keep your crop from start to finish the more buds you will produce.