How to make Cannabis Cuttings Easily
Which Branch to chose? How to prepare your cuttings?
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Today we’re going to cover one of the easiest ways to do a cutting with a Cannabis plant. Once that’s done we’ll look at how to chose the branch(es) to be prunes and transport them.
Weed, being such a resilient plant, make cuttings pretty easy to make. Newbie success rate is of about 50%, so if this is your situation prepare 2x more cuttings than what you need 😉
Here’s what we’re going to cover:
Making a Cutting from a Cannabis plant
As we started to say in the first paragraph, Marijuana is a very resilient plant so making cuttings off of her isn’t a very hard to make cuttings off of them.
We will divide in 2 main sections, the first the necessary needs for a cutting to survive and in the second different ways to achieve this; let’s get crackin
- What do cuttings need to survive
- Ways of making cuttings
Step 1 – Prepare everything you will need
Once you’ve cut the branch off you’ll have to act quickly, so it’s definitely a good thing to have everything prepared before you get started. Lets go over what you need
What is needed in order to make a cutting easily
- A pair of sterilized scissors
- At least 1.5L of water at a pH level of 5.8
- A block of rockwool per cutting
- Mud Soil Water Beads (or other water beads)
- A pot
- A half a bottle or clear container in order to place it over the cutting (needs 100% humidity levels)
- A glass of water
Step 3 – Cut the branch
This is pretty self-explanatory, you’re going to want to cut the branch in order to place it into the rock-wool.
There are some things you must be careful for thought!
- Sanitize your scissors or other cutting tool. You want to limit as much as possible the possible contact with germs.
- Cut the branch at about a 45° angle and close to the main stem.
Step 4 – Place the Stem in water
Once you cut the branch you need to place them quickly the glass of water you’ve prepared!
The reason for this is to avoid an air bubble to enter into the stem. If one was to introduce itself into the stem, the cutting will die for sure! (just like if an air bubble gets into our veins)
This step is crucial for your cutting to survive.
Step 5 – Placing the Stem in the Rockwool & Removing Leaf Mass
Once you’ve cut your cutting place it into the whole in the middle of the rock-wool.
Don’t hesitate to push don’t strongly to get it stuck in there nicely.
At this point you also want to remove most of the leaves in order to reduce the possibility of her sweating. Just keep a couple leaves so that she can photosynthesis.
Step 6 – Make sure there’s 100% Humidity
Until the cutting start developing some roots you need to keep her in an environment with 100% of humidity.
The DIY way of insuring this is to cut a water bottle in half, spray water all over the inside. Once there’s enough water all over the sides, place it over the cutting and there you go!
Step 7 – Cutting Ready for the Grow Room
At this point you’re cutting is ready to go into the grow room, but it’s not the end of your work!
For the next couple days you need to make sure she stays in an 100% humidity environment, so you’ll have to spray the water bottle regularly.
Make sure you don’t slack off on this, if ever she starts to sweat it’s basically a done deal.
You’ll also need to water the rock-wool and water beads regularly with water at a 5.8 pH.
Once you see some small hair at the bottom of the stem you can start adding some root booster.
Cutting Developing in the Grow Room
For the next week, maybe a little more, keep your plant in the tent and in these conditions. Once she starts taking, you can start reducing the humidity levels down to around 70%.
Transplant her into the first pot once she has a nice root system that’s grown in the block of rock-wool.
And there you go! You’ll have one nice new plant with the exact same genetics ready to grow 🙂
Which Branches to Prune to make your clones?
You might think that it doesn’t really matter which auxiliary branch you decide to prune in order to make your cuttings but it really does.
The branches lowest to the ground contain the newest hormones but also most rooting hormones. These 2 factors will strongly increase the chances of success of the cloning operation.
Cloning is one of the most traumatic things that a plant can live. In order to survive they must quickly adapt, change their whole chemistry in order to start producing roots and survive. The newer the hormones, the better chances of success.
It’s also important to note that smaller cuttings root much quicker than thinker one’s since they need much less energy to sustain themselves and focus on root growth.
- Make your cuttings from the bottom branches
- The larger the cutting, the longer it will take for it to develop a root system.
The Bottom branches contain the newest hormones
How To Transport Cuttings
Transporting freshly cut cuttings is actually pretty simple once you know how to do so, although you need to be pretty quick, the longer the trip the more chances the cuttings won’t survive.
In order for you to maximize your chances we’ve grouped these couple steps together 🙂
1. Prepare your materials
So the materials for this are pretty simple, all you need is:
- A pair of scissors in order to remove the branche(s).
Don’t forget to disinfect the scissors before using them in order to prevent bacteria transmission.
- An air-tight jar. Fill this jar about half way in water.
With this you’re ready to get your cuttings to go!
Alright folks that’s all for this one!
Until next time, be safe and grow easy