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Cloning cannabis plants lets you continue producing buds very similar to those of the parent plant.


Cloning cannabis plants lets you continue producing buds very similar to those of the parent plant.

If you have any familiarity with gardening, cannabis or otherwise, you have likely heard of cloning plants, or taking “cuttings”.Unlike a collection of seeds, which are essentially the offspring of the plant that made them, clones are just what they sound like – genetically exact copies of that plant from which they were taken. Though changes to environment and other conditions during growth can alter the results, most clones deliver medicinal marijuana very similar to their parent.

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What Does Cloning Cannabis Mean?

Cloning is a type of asexual reproduction of which some plants are naturally capable; the method is generally used to maintain and nurture desirable qualities of a certain strain or species.

The primary benefit of cloning a cannabis plant, rather than always growing from seed, is that the final product is practically guaranteed. Because cloning produces an exact copy of the mother, the clone’s potency, yield, growth rate, and final size should all be very similar to its parent. Because they are all likely to be the same general size and shape, cloned plants are well-suited to dedicated growing methods such as SOG and ScrOG.

Can Feminized Cannabis Seeds Be Used for Clones?

Yes, they can!

It is still important to select seeds, germinate, and grow the original plants first, especially if you are new to medical cannabis and unsure which strains are best suited to your treatment needs. Once you have determined the best strains for you, cloning enables you to continuously grow the type of medication you require.

Selecting a Mother for Your Clones

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Choose a young female cannabis plant to clone.


Choose a young female cannabis plant to clone.

Male or Female?

Perhaps the most important factor when choosing the best mother cannabis plant for your first clones is the sex of the plant – cloning a male plant is impractical, since males do not produce buds (needed for harvest). Cloning a female is definitely the best bet.

Luckily, when you buy from Growers Choice Cannabis Seeds, you’re guaranteed to germinate and grow only 100% feminized (female) cannabis plants, so this concern is eliminated.

How Old Does a Plant Need To Be Before it Can Be Cloned?

Once you have decided which strain you want to clone, germinate and grow the mother plant for at least four weeks, but no more than three months. Ideally, you will create your clones from a healthy plant still in the vegetative stage.

Read More: See our Germination Guide for the best way to germinate your seeds

Preparing for Marijuana Cloning

A week or so before you plan to clone, consider cutting back or completely stopping fertilization of the mother plant – especially nitrogen – for better root development in the clone. Also check the pH level of the growing medium and make any necessary adjustments. Just before cloning, water the mother plant well and check it carefully for pests or signs of disease.


The clone you remove will be the exact age of the mother plant from which it was cut. This means you will have a regular-size 4-week-old plant (the mother), and a tiny, seedling-size 4-week-old plant (the clone). This discrepancy in size is why it is best to cut clones from plants in the vegetative stage. Cloning plants in the flowering stage requires reverting the clone back to the vegetative stage so it can properly grow produce buds. This reverting process can take a very long time, and provides more opportunity for something to go wrong.

You may want to clone all the young plants you are growing. This will allow you to pick and choose which strains you want to grow again (you can always discard cuttings you don’t want), and prevents an unfortunate situation: discovering your perfect medical cannabis comes from a plant you didn’t clone.

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