Restarting The Garden
Almost everyone has taken a piece of a plant and placed it in water or soil until it grew roots. As it developed, the leaves, flowers, fruit and other characteristics of the plant were exactly the same as the donor plant from which it was taken. This is an example of asexual reproduction. Marijuana clones are a result of the same process and they preserve the genetic code of the úmotherî plant.
Cuttings root easiest when they are made while the plant is still in its vegetative growth stage. However, they can be taken even as the plant is being harvested.
Cuttings root within two weeks when they are given a clean, humid, moist, warm environment.
Cuttings do not have a root so they have a limited ability to absorb water. Keep the humidity between 75 and 85% so they aren’t placed under stress.
Cuttings root fastest when they are kept at about 80-85° F (27°-29° C). It is important that both the air and the rooting area are kept warm. At lower temperatures the clones root slower.
At first use a moderate amount of light, about 10-15 watts per square foot (110-160 watts per square meter). A 4’ (122 cm) long rack holds four 10î x 20î (25 x 50 cm) trays. Two standard T-8 fluorescents or a single HO T-5 fluorescent provides enough light until the cuttings start to root. After they have rooted, they require twice the light, which is supplied using two T-5 HO fluorescents.
Planting mediums: Cuttings can be rooted in coir, vermiculite, perlite, peat moss, Jiffy∆ pots, Oasis∆ cubes, and rockwool. Most professional cloners prefer rockwool, which promotes very fast rooting. Cloning machines use aeroponics or aerated water instead.
Scissors: choose comfortable ones. Spring loaded scissors are easy on the muscles because they do not have to be pulled back to open position.
Clean, well-lit work area.
Small jars or glasses filled with water to hold the cuttings before they are prepared for planting.
Alcohol or hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and cloth or paper towels for sterilization.
Root dip solution. It should contain naphthalene acetic acid (NAA), indole