APT Grow Guide : Cutting Clones

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Atlas Plant Trainer: Grow Guide Series Phase 1

Cutting Clones

Growing medical cannabis from seed is a lengthy process that has little guarantee and a lot of variation in strain genetics, effects as well as potency. Having the ability to cut a clone from a mother plant whose genetic makeup, potency, cannabinoid levels, and effects have been established saves you time and money. The strain we have chosen is called Salmon River OG that we got from Dynasty Genetics. We will cut about twenty to twenty five clones in hopes that we will get eighteen solid and healthy clones that successfully root.


Clean work space Gloves Clonex cloning solution Clonex cloning gel Clean pair of scissors (disinfected) Razor blade Cloning machine Small tent/ space

Step One: Prep & Set Up

Put on gloves. Cleanliness is very important. It could ruin the clone, or the entire batch of clones in your room. In your cloning machine begin to Balance water: (80-85 degrees) add cloning solution (clone X) 5-10 ml/L (50ml/ 1 Gallon) . Test Ph get it at 6.0 (Ph meter from Blue Labs has parts per million, or ppm, & thermometer ) It only takes a little to change a lot. Add Ph Down in small increments until you have worked  your way down to 6.0. When adding Ph Down do a good job of mixing the product. Take a small portion of cloning solution water out of the cloning machine with a cup to place your fresh cuttings into so they are nice and warm place to start their life.  Next, grab your cloning gel. If it is a new bottle, opt to use your freshly disinfected scissors to open the safety seal. Now you need a clean flat surface. Flip a solo cup upside down and apply the cloning gel to the bottom of the cup. Just to recap, you should have one solo cup with a small mixture of ph solution and one upside down solo cup with cloning gel on it.

Step Two: Cut Clones from Mother

With your clean scissors to trim away excess plant material and your fresh razor blade to make a clean cut, you can begin to take your first clone from the mother cannabis plant. Ideally you would like to take the clone from the bottom of the plant, but sometimes a mother plant is tall and untamable. This means cut from wherever is optimal on the mother. Find a nice strong branch and with your scissors,  trim away all the plant matter, the leaves, surrounding your clone. Everyone has their own method for cutting. Once you have some experience you will find you develop your own rhythm as well.

Step Three: Prepare Cuttings for Cloning

Be sure to trim away any growth from the branch for about six to eight inches from the top nodes of the mother plant. While some people trim the plant matter away after they have cut the clone from the plant, I like to do this before cutting the clone to decrease the amount of care that needs to be done after the cut has been made. Personally, I find this optimizes your time, decreases air bubble exposure, and increases efficiency in regards to the cutting process. Make a diagonal cut with your razor blade right above the last node that has plant material. Immediately after you have made your cut place the clone in the solo cup with the water solution. Do this as fast as possible to prevent air bubbles and increase your likelihood of developing a clone successfully. Continue to cut until you have a nice full cup of fresh cuttings ready to be transformed into clones.

Step Four: Prepare Clone for Machine

To start the process of cloning, take one of your cuttings out of the cup and with your razor blade slice the stem in two and then again into four, a criss-cross, on the bottom of your cutting. This creates more surface area for the cutting to sprout roots from.  If your stem is too small to split, simply scrape the outer layer off of it to increase the surface area for roots to grow. This plant may take a little longer to sprout roots, but this process is better than mutilating your cutting by trying to split the stem.  After the cut place the cutting back into your water solution and give it a little shake to free up any air bubbles that may have been created. An important thing to always keep in mind is limiting your cutting’s time out of the protection that  water solution gives it. Keep the cutting in the water for as long as possible during the cloning process to prevent air bubbles as well as other contaminants that may disturb your cutting. Next, dip the cutting in the cloning gel and place it into your cloning machine.

Step Five: Place Cutting in Cloning Machine

It is ideal to have your clone machine in its own personal tent so you have more control over temperature and humidity levels. Controlling these levels is much easier in a smaller space like a tent as opposed to a large room used for vegetation or flowering. You want the humidity and temperature set to a high level to encourage positive root growth.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, cutting clones is much less intimidating than we imagine. If you keep your workspace clean, keep your cuttings in water until you place them in the tray, and use a small, easily controllable, space you will see great results. Our goal is to show you exactly what we do in the grow room to provide healthy, sustainable, and high-quality medical cannabis. Cutting clones is the very first step of growing cannabis. Cutting the plants down and curing them will come later on, and we will walk you through every step of the way. When you begin a new adventure, or learn a new skill small hiccups can arise from time to time. Learning how to adjust to the unknown is necessary and not difficult when you have some guidance.  Keeping you informed and guiding you through any hurdles you may encounter is part of our mission. Growing medicine should not be overwhelming (for the most part).   We will be covering three different nutrient programs with our newly rooted clones and are excited to share the process with you. For issue that may arise from transplanting your clones, to feeding, to cutting, and finally curing our cuttings, our first hand solutions will be shared with you. Do you have an experience or any tips you would like to share about cutting clones from mother plants? Do you have certain products or tools you like to use for cloning? Leave a comment or a question down below!  

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