Your weed cuttings will naturally root quickly when properly prepared and cared for optimally.
Clones don’t have any roots, so because of their lack of roots, they do not retain water easily. To avoid water shortage that causes wilting and potential plant death, it is important to trim your plants on a regular basis. Below, we will show proven methods that help you get your marijuana clones to root faster.
How to use a rooting machine or hand rooting your weed clones
There are two primary ways to root your marijuana clones. The first involves using a rooting machine, which is the optimal method. The second is hand rooting, explained here:
- Start by trimming 6-8 inches of healthy cutting from healthy plants.
- Remove all leaves, except the top ones from the cutting as mentioned above.
- Submerge the cuttings in rooting powder or gel.
- Place the above-referenced cuttings in your choice of rock wool, Oasis cubes, planting mix or sterile soil.
- Place the cuttings in an environment with a temperature of 72-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When you follow these steps, you can expect the roots to sprout within 8-12 days.
How to root cannabis clones in water
If you have very few clones, you might choose to root them in water, rather than soil, or some of the other methods listed above.
To encourage rooting in this case, keep the water sterile by boosting the oxygen content in the water. If you choose to root in water, follow these steps:
- Boost the oxygen content in your water by making a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) to 5 parts water.
- Expose the cutting to 10 watts of cold, white fluorescent light per square foot.
- Place the clones in an environment where the humidity is at least 65%. If you typically use a cover, make sure the humidity is right. Remove it after 5-6 days. Then, continue to adhere to a 65% humid environment.
- On day 5, give your plant a diluted dose of flowering formula at 25% potency, and raise the strength of your light to 20 watts per square foot.
- On day ten, enhance the strength of the nutrients to the plant by adding a small amount of growth formula.
- Following this water rooting method, you should see your plant start to root in two weeks.
An important caution: Clones grown in water are vulnerable to algae that can prevent optimal growth. One way to prevent this is to use a dark container, rather than a clear one, as the darker container prevents algae growth.
How to clone flowering or ripe weed plants
If you have plants around that are already ripe or flowering, it is possible to use the cuttings taken from an area of the plant that has been traditionally shaded, and root those.
Because the buds in those areas aren’t as mature as the others, they are more suitable for cloning. It’s important to avoid using woody stems when attempting to clone your plants, as the harder the stem, the more difficult it is for your plant to root.