How to Clone Cannabis using Aloe Vera Plants
If you’re growing cannabis you’ll eventually want to start cloning your own plants. This is especially true if you manage to get a fantastic strain and wish to either – breed or increase the yield. While cloning isn’t especially a difficult thing to do – it can be a daunting experience.
Often times I see growers ask, “Am I doing this right?” or post pictures of dead clones that simply didn’t root. Today – we’re going to be taking a closer look at cloning your cannabis plants and how you can use Aloe Vera as your rooting agent.
The Fundamentals of Cloning
For those interested in cloning, it’s actually pretty simple – in theory. However, in practice there are so many things that can go wrong. Nonetheless, we’ll go through the basic process of cloning to get everyone up to speed
Step 1: Making a Cutting
The first step in cloning requires that you make a cut on the branch that you want to clone. This will be done at the base of the stem and will require a 45º cut. The reason you don’t want to cut horizontally is because you want to promote root development.
At 45º, you essentially give the plant the best fighting chance to heal without creating a dieback situation.
Step 2: Dip it in Root Hormone
For many – this is the part that is harder especially if they can’t get their hands on root hormone. The thing is – you can’t clone without dipping it in Root Hormone. Thus – in this step, if you don’t have access to root hormone – simply use Aloe. We’ll talk more about that later.
Step 3: Place the Stem in a Starter Cap
The next step in the process is to have pre-soaked starter caps and to plant the cutting in there. This can also work if you’re doing soil transplants. Simply place the cutting into the starter cap, and mist the plants with a healthy amount of water.
Step 4: Cover the cuttings
Next – you’ll want to cover the cuttings. This will allow it to keep in moisture which should allow the roots to develop. (Read Full Article)