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Monster cropping is a powerful method of creating huge buds from flowering cannabis plants. Also known as Flowering Clones, it’s not as popular as other training techniques but it often leads to remarkable harvests.

By taking the budding clones and putting them back to vegetation, we create a bunch of plants with more colas. Thus, its name is an apt description of what to expect when we practice it. In monster cropping, that’s exactly what we’ll get: gigantic plants that produce monster buds.

While it leads to successful results outdoors, monster cropping is even more useful in the grow room. As any indoor cannabis grower knows, it’s tough to maximize every inch of space and light in an indoor setup. Most of the time, the plants don’t get equal amount of light, so some would be flowering while others are still vegetating.

To combat this problem, it makes sense to grow cannabis plants that are already in the same stage of the flowering cycle. As such, instead of just one mother plant hogging the light and air, they will be optimized by several clones.

Once the plant is fully grown you will need to start thinking about flowering, and of course, harvest time. Our free little Harvest Guide will help you determine the best moment to cut your plants. Download it here.

Additionally, the cloning process boosts their energies to grow long side branches and produce more THC. As a result, we get bushy plants that create huge delicious buds.

To get the best results, the right knowledge is necessary as well as a bit of growing experience. So, in this article, we will discuss everything there is to know about monster cropping. Once we understand the basics, we can apply this method with confidence.

How to Monster Crop Marijuana Plants

It’s not typical to take clones from flowering cannabis and many experts would even say that it’s not a smart move. However, growers who try it enjoy enormous results, and the science behind it checks out.

Before we start taking clones, it’s best to read up on the procedure to avoid mistakes. Basically, the process is the same except that in monster cropping, we take the cuttings while the plant is budding. But first, let’s look at some vital information to help us understand more.

Learn the Basics

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Monster cropping can cause considerable stress to the cannabis plant. Cutting good parts of it to grow the clones places a huge burden on its overall health. If not done right, it could weaken the plant and even cause it to stop growing.

Stress Rejuvenates Cannabis

Interestingly, if done properly, the effects of stress can be beneficial to the plants as it can trigger the development of desired traits. This includes the more vigorous growth of leaves and branches as well as more nodes and bud sites.

Best of all, experts believe that the stress response of cannabis plants is to release high levels of THC. And this is why training techniques often produce high-quality weed.

Monster Cropping is Not for All Strains

Unfortunately, due to the trauma on the plants, monster cropping is suitable only for regular photoperiod strains. Even so, they need enough time to recover from the damage. Luckily, regular strains have long life cycles which help them get more time to heal and finish flowering.

However, auto-flowering varieties require only a few weeks to grow which is not ideal for cutting out clones. Hence, it’s better not to apply high-stress methods like monster cropping on them. On the other hand, they can handle all kinds of low-stress methods like LST, ScrOG, and super cropping.

Gather Materials

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When doing the procedure, always use clean and sharp scissors to reduce any chances of infection. In fact, some growers go to the extent of sterilizing their cutting tools. This is vital to help the plant heal easily from the damage and the clones to root successfully. Of course, we also need a container with clean water to soak the stem of the clones and make it root.

Start Monster Cropping

Now that we have the essentials, it’s time to learn about the steps. In this section, we will demonstrate how to execute monster cropping correctly.

Step 1: Choose the Clones

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The best time to cut some clones is when the marijuana plant is about 3 weeks into the flowering stage. But it’s also okay to take them later as this won’t affect the outcome.

When choosing which parts to take, go for the lower branches as they tend to root faster than from the ones on the top. And cut diagonally across the stem so there’s more surface for nutrients and water to get in. Additionally, it will provide more surface for the roots to grow.

When planning how many clones to take, keep in mind that not all of them will survive. Due to some unforeseen variables, some clones will just not sprout new leaves. So, it’s wise to keep a balance between how much to take and how much to leave for the donor plant to still produce a decent harvest.

Step 2: Root the Cuttings

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‘Clones root faster when the growing medium is a few degrees warmer than the ambient air temperature.’ ~Jorge Cervantes

After taking the clones, place it in a glass of water and let it sit there for some time. This will ensure that no air seeps into its fragile vascular system. Otherwise, the clone will suffer from a fatal condition and all our efforts will go to waste.

Step 3: Revert to Vegetation

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To get the clones back to the vegetative state, simply utilize the light schedule for that stage. Depending on what we prefer, we can choose 18/6, 20/4, or 24/0.

And don’t worry about the light’s intensity since the clones don’t need much to survive. Just be sure not to disturb the buds on the clones or they will stop growing.

Boost with SCROG

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To maximize the product of our hard work, we can combine monster cropping with the ScrOG method. To any serious cannabis grower, this makes a lot of sense as ScrOGging is easy to apply and highly effective. For sure, this combo will create heavy branches of monster buds in the shortest time.

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Monster Cropping Creates Monster Buds

When it comes to training methods, monster cropping may not be the most popular or common, but it sure offers amazing results. As such, we get several clones that grow great buds at the same time with the donor plant. So, it’s a great way to get an endless supply of superior weed.

To make monster cropping work, it’s important to focus on each step so we can avoid errors. Moreover, this method requires a lot of work, so commitment to the craft is essential. But once we see the stunning results, all the hard work will make all the trouble worth it.

Though experience on cloning is an advantage, newbies can still be successful with a bit of patience and knowledge. So, refer to this article to get guidance on how to go about this method. With enough practice, we will gain the confidence to use it as often as we want to get as many quality buds as possible.

The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]

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  1. By latewood

    ,01 May 2014
    I have done this a few times with success. I owuld like to add; I actually have taken cuttings during flower stage, and placed directly into moist soil pot. I left clones in the flower room under 12/12; Shorter photo […]Read More
  2. By latewood

    ,01 May 2014
    Oh yeah. The strain was "Oldtimes", an underground UK strain.
  3. By MacGyver Stoner

    ,01 May 2014
    I have seen this successfully done on a lemon haze with great results. There was always at least one unflowered clone at the suggestion of those 'experts' to supposedly maintain the original genetics better, but yes, a "perpetual garden" with […]Read More
  4. By MOJO

    ,01 May 2014
    THIS LOOKS AWSOME GOTTA TRY IT THANKS FOR THE TIP MAYBE A NICE VIDEO ON THIS LIKE YA DID ON THE SCROG
  5. By sad1gone

    ,04 May 2014
    I have never had very good luck with taking clones from a flowering plant, but maybe I have gone beyond the 3 week mark. The article makes me want to give it another shot though.
  6. By deep water led

    ,04 May 2014
    Monster Cropping over here on the west coast of the us is a totally different thing, which incorporates LST, Super-cropping, SCROG, and in most cases DWC Hydroponics all used together.
    1. By Blake akers

      ,08 Mar 2018
      I take em as late as day of harvest . I rarely loose one ...
  7. By [email protected]

    ,06 May 2014
    I have to ask about lights. It has to do with LED's. I have not heard much here about them. What are your thoughts about them
    1. By Tim

      ,07 Mar 2019
      There awesome , cost effective and the low heat out put is perfect for my set up sinceci put my stick 3in off the cola .. Sticks work great on "Tipped" plants since u can cover many colas /branches . […]Read More
  8. By dan

    ,10 May 2014
    I had forgotten about this, but yes it does work awesomely
  9. By Shirldog

    ,18 Jun 2014
    This article , like the rest I've read so far is awesome. This is something i haven't read about, and I've read alot. So glad to have found this site.Keep up the good work and thank you for the information.
  10. By 4changenow

    ,08 Jul 2014
    hey weed man--you are not a part of this organization are you? Have you free loaded all your life?
  11. By homefry66

    ,11 Jul 2014
    I've cloned a couple flowering plants, but couldn't tell you what kind, cause I had to hide from step-dad that came up to fix my electric that I blew. still have no electric on half trailer. lol but anyway these […]Read More
  12. By dan M harmon

    ,23 Jul 2014
    I am currently trying this method and am completely blown away at the massive results, omg no lost time topping etc , using cream caramel from sweet seeds and ive been growing 8years, this is an amazing find thank you […]Read More
  13. By Monk Bandit

    ,17 Sep 2014
    I fell across "monster cropping" just by dumb luck and a guy that let his plants get to tall for his room. I was asked to check out a grow site for a buddy and give him some pointers. Well […]Read More
  14. By MJsGirl

    ,01 Nov 2014
    I had 1 feminized Skunk XXX plant that grew pretty nicely. While she was in her 8th week during the flowering stage, I took 3 "bud clippings" - used root tone, a small greenhouse dome and waited. All 3 clones […]Read More
    1. By Dennis

      ,30 Mar 2015
      Can u help with my monster crop comment? Thx
  15. By Dennis

    ,30 Mar 2015
    I have 3 nicely rooted folwered clones. Do I leave the apex bud there? Do I need to remove it for re veg?
  16. By flamm

    ,16 May 2015
    Just had my best ever yield after accidentally monster cropping my cuttings. What I found was they filled the space much more evenly particularly the corners and required no scrog work making the veg time shorter. Cuttings took a bit […]Read More
  17. By Pruning Marijuana Plants – When And How To Prune

    ,08 Oct 2015
    […] behind Monster Cropping is legitimate, and you will certainly enjoy the results. Read the article Monster cropping marijuana plants for more […]
  18. By Mona

    ,12 Oct 2015
    Anyone know how/if potency is affected?
  19. By latewoodl

    ,16 Oct 2015
    Mona, Not sure what you are asking. If you are asking if cropping would affect potency; Then the answer is NO. Potency is not affected by one method of growing or another. Lights; Environment; Temps, and Humidity; Along with a […]Read More
  20. By racefan

    ,02 Dec 2015
    Back in 2004 we just called it flowering clones. Wonder who coined the super cropping phrase? Here's a link to a very old post one of my old moderators posted at grass city. http://forum.grasscity.com/advanced-growing-techniques/48941-what-flowering-clone.html
  21. By latewood.ILGM

    ,26 Feb 2016
    The general consensus is that you do not top or cut on auto flower plants. Repotting them is still up for debate. Some growers say place them in one pot and leave there. Others have started in some type of […]Read More
  22. By Keith

    ,14 Sep 2016
    This is the best thing I have read all a long. Before I read this I started doing it on my own and boy is it true.
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,14 Sep 2016
      Hi Keith, glad we could help!
  23. By Oz…both great and terrible

    ,30 Dec 2016
    I love the results of this method...multi branches w/o the slowing seen by topping...and when taken during the third week of flowering..they are rooted and growing at the mother plants harvest...so every 3 months I harvest (clone king areoponic units […]Read More
  24. By Tom

    ,24 Aug 2017
    Been growing for 35 years and never called it monster cropping lol 😂 but this process allows you to keep growing your favorites year after year. Works great and you can add new strains easily then rotate your stock. ✌️
    1. By tomalock

      ,26 Oct 2017
      Same here, I was told last year they gave this type of growing a name. I do the same thing this person does but I do it in a little different way...Works like a charm.
  25. By J-ROOT

    ,04 Apr 2018
    I've cloned both in the veg cycle and bloom cycle and it works great, I've scrog and cloned ak-47, train wreck, banana cush, super silver haze, white widow, purple haze, crystal, and it's all done indoors and it all works […]Read More
  26. By derold

    ,05 Jul 2018
    Does this require a second tent? Or do you revert everything to 18/6 including the flowering mother?
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,05 Jul 2018
      derold, It is a matter of choice whether or not you use a 2nd tent to keep plants in perpetual veg 18/6. It is a good idea to keep the mother in a separate space.
  27. By Clyde

    ,08 Aug 2018
    This is very interesting, but just so i understand it correctly.... Take a plant that is about 3 weeks into flower and cut some clones from the bottom if possible. root and put those clones back under veg lighting schedule […]Read More
  28. By latewood_ILGM

    ,09 Aug 2018
    Clyde, At least 3 weeks of flowering or more. Cuttings from the bottom root easier. Only use regular seed genetics (seeds that have to be sexed once in flower), You will cull the males. Do not use auto flower genetic […]Read More
  29. By Stells

    ,15 Aug 2018
    Just so I get this right.... cloning in flower would revert her back to veg state? So this would mean having to have a separate light set up? Why couldn't it go back in with the 12/12? Has anyone done […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,21 Aug 2018
      Stells, Yes, you would need a veg area. I use a small area 2'x2' and a 2' T5 with 4 bulbs. I have placed these cuttings in both a veg photo period..say 18/6, and I have set them out straight […]Read More
  30. By Stells

    ,19 Sep 2018
    Sorry! Just picked this back up... thank you for advice. I realised straight after id typed that of course it couldnt go 12/12 as would be straight back to flower. Doh! I know ive read somewhere that the best time […]Read More
    1. By bradah willz

      ,27 Sep 2018
      I've read that some folks clobe all the way to harvest
      1. By latewood_ILGM

        ,04 Oct 2018
        bradah willz. Sorry. That is bad advice. Should not clone late in flower.
    2. By latewood_ILGM

      ,04 Oct 2018
      Stells. It is not advisable to clone at finish. Cloning for "monster cropping" is best 2-3 weeks into flower. For normal cloning op, you need to clone before inducing flower photo period. :) Join our forum. We can help you […]Read More
  31. By Darin

    ,20 Mar 2019
    Thanks for the awesome tips Robert,and happy b-day!
  32. By Vanessa

    ,20 Mar 2019
    Love your vidoes & your growing guide! 🙂🙏✌️
  33. By Ricky

    ,20 Mar 2019
    What a great article and I cant wait to give it a try. I've got no experience growing but I've did alot of research about growing weed in the last 2 years now and I'm saving money for a complete […]Read More
  34. By Jon

    ,21 Mar 2019
    Did this by mistake thought I had two trainwreck mothers, scrambled to take low cuttings 3 weeks later when I realized I was missing a mother. ended up with the biggest buds I'd ever grown. Didn't know why. No more […]Read More
  35. By Wyatt

    ,21 Mar 2019
    Monster buds are the way to go! I have used this method for almost a year and it works wonderfully! FYI Don't touch the clone at all for at least 14 days. If you move the clone at all in […]Read More
  36. By Brutmiester

    ,22 Mar 2019
    Did I miss it somewhere in here or what? HOW LONG SHOULD YOU REVEG?? Until a certain size? Or a certain amount of time? Doesn't seem to say, I guess. Thanks bruhs. And thanks author! Happy BYaY! Keep up the […]Read More
    1. By latewood ILGM

      ,02 Apr 2019
      Brutmiester, This article is about Monster Cropping but, I can say that after a reveg, You ask how long should you wait. I ask; How long should you wait for what? I advise you to join our support forum, where […]Read More
  37. By Rena

    ,03 Apr 2019
    I'm going to try monster cropping for 1st time this video answered alot of questions plus what not to do. Thank you

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