How to Grow Clones Hydroponically
If you’ve had a successful crop and are looking to replicate your success and increase the number of plants you are growing, cloning might just be your best bet. Though you may not be familiar with the terminology, cloning is a relatively simple process and is often done by growers of houseplants without giving much thought to the process at all. You may very well have already done this before!
At Tree of Life, we know that many growers want to learn more about how to grow weed from clones indoors, hydroponically. And it makes sense. Why not replicate a good thing? We love sharing our knowledge of hydroponic growing with you and are always striving to make your growing journey easier. In this post, we help you learn how to grow clones hydroponically in your own indoor growing setup.
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What are Clones?
Clones are essentially plants grown from clippings of an original plant. This means that the plants are genetically identical. Some types of plants are known for being easy to clone, such as pothos and tradescantia plants; however, crops such as cannabis and even some vegetables can easily be cloned. You might want to consider cloning a plant that is doing particularly well or one that you simply enjoy and wish to have more of. Regardless of why you wish to clone a plant, the process of doing so is relatively simple and, in many cases, much easier than growing from seed.
How to Grow Clones
Obtain a high-quality cutting – you can’t simply take a cutting from any part of a plant and be assured that it will develop roots. Take care in sourcing a cutting from an axillary bud and one that has not been damaged. An axillary bud can typically be spotted easily near the top of your plant in a spot where you notice new leaf development.
Prove clones with a rooting hormone – your clone does not yet have roots, so they will need to develop them. Adding a rooting hormone to growing media will boost your success in cloning your plant and make it possible to have a successful clone.
Maintain a humid environment – when growing your clone hydroponically, you’ll want to be sure that you have created a humid environment that will allow your clone to absorb moisture. As it will not yet have roots, a too dry environment will simply dry out your cutting and not allow for root growth to take place.
Keep your grow tent cool – just like a too dry environment will be a problem for growing clones, so will a too hot space. Though warmth can be important for plant growth, too much heat will dry out a plant and make growing impossible. Use a fan for your grow tent to help control the temperature of your space. This is important for both growing clones and typical hydroponic growing.
- Avoid providing too much light – light is important and having just the right amount is crucial when growing clones. Be sure to provide adequate light and adjust lighting as needed. Our post, How to Hang Grow Lights in a Grow Tent, offers insight into knowing how to place grow lights for all types of hydroponic growing.
What Supplies Make Growing Clones Easier?
Growing clones is easier to do when you have the right environment. If you are just getting started with hydroponic growing a grow tent kit can make the initial setup process easier. Be sure to also have the appropriate indoor grow lights to not only help you clone your plant but promote long-term success too.
Have questions about cloning or hydroponic growing? The experts at Tree of Life are always here to help. Contact us today to learn more about getting started or troubleshoot your growing concerns. We love sharing our knowledge with you.