Taking Clones(VEG ROOM UPDATE #40)
Hi Steemians. So time to clean out the veg room to make room.
These ugly plants are my Tahoo Og. Yes I have let these go to shit. But it's ok, because I am not going to flower them. I just needed to let them grow out, to give me some good shoots to take cuttings.
As you can see, I have quite a few good ones!
As I explained in my post from yesterday, cloning is the key to my grow. Not only taking clones off plants before flower. Sometimes I need to just grow a strain to get cuttings, and get rid of the plant I took the cuttings from. Not only for the future of a strain, but also to just make room in my 18 inch by 3 foot closet. I give 90% of my plants away to my co worker. She then finishes them outdoors in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The other 10% I throw out in my back yard. I know it's late in the season, but I hate to kill plants, so I will go ahead and let my co worker take these to finish.
Bottom shoots are the easiest part of the plant to clone.
After your 45 degree angle cut of a bottom shoot, you then want to shave off the outter layer of branch.
Then put your cuttings in water.
I use hormone powder. There are other methods you can use, gel, aloe vera, or even just water and time. But I recommend using some type of hormone to induce rooting. Me personally I don't want to take the chance of losing a strain forever.
Then set cutting into your medium. Make sure you ensure the cutting is pressed against the medium.
I then set the cutting into a seed tray and set in my 24 hour light cycle veg room. Now if you live in a dry area, I recommend you invest into a humidity dome. My veg room is small, and usually packed with plants, I do very well with my method. During summer my success rate is 100%. When it's cold it drops to maybe 90-95%. It takes longer to roots when it's cold. Some people use heating pads. One important thing to remember, do not let your medium dry up. Now I just need to wait 8-12 days, and then there will be ROOTS! Ahh my mouth is watering thinking about it ;)