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Marijuana cuttings will naturally root rather quickly if they are kept in perfect condition and are prepared correctly. They don’t have any roots, so their ability to get and maintain water is limited. In order to avoid a water shortage (a cause of wilting and, ultimately, death), you need to trim your plants well. Read this article to find out how to get your clones to root faster.
How to root cuttings
Using a rooting machine is the best way to root cuttings. You can also do it by hand fairly easily.
To get started, trim about 6 – 8 inches of healthy cuttings from plants that are in good condition. Remove the majority of the leaves except for the ones on the top.
All cuttings will need to be submerged in rooting powder or gel, then put in either rock wool, oasis cubes, planting mix or sterile soil. Keep the temperature at about 72-75*F. It will take about 8-12 days before the roots begin sprouting. You can attempt to root the clones in water if you are only doing a few.
To keep it sterile, boost the amount of oxygen in the water, and encourage rooting, make a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) and 5 parts water. Give the cutting 10 Watts of cold, white fluorescent light per square foot. Keep the clones in a location where the humidity is at least 65% or more. If you use a cover to make sure the humidity is just right, be sure to take it off once 5 or 6 days have passed. Even after you take the covers down, continue to keep the humidity high.
After about 5 days give it a dose of flowering formula fertilizer at 25% potency. You will not raise the strength of the light to 20 Watts per square foot. Over the 10 days go ahead and enhance the strength of the nutrients by mixing in a little grow formula. From the time, you started to the time you are done it should take about 2 weeks to see the roots.
What to watch out for
If you are growing your clones in the water, be aware that algae can easily clog them up. This will result in the clones not growing properly. You can prevent this by the use of a dark, dull looking container to retain the water because this will block algae from growing.
Cuttings from a flowering or ripe plant
You are able to clone all ripe and flowering plants. If at all possible, you will want to use cuttings from a shaded area so the buds aren’t as matured as the other ones. Stay clear of using woody stems when you are selecting your clones. The harder the stem, the more difficult it is for the clone to start rooting. Get the medium of your choice and place your cuttings in there. You will need to have the light there the entire time. The cutting will begin rooting and the newer top growth will become fruitful.
If your clones won’t root, don’t fret. There are plenty of things you can do to get the cloning process going. All it takes is about two weeks of proper care for your clones to start taking root.