Is Cloning Auto-Flowering Cannabis A Good Idea?

2 years ago

This is the main cola off my last harvest of Sweet Cheese auto-flower.

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These are clones from photoperiod GG4 genetics.

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The other day, I was busy with changing things over in my veg room and flowering tent. I was also cutting and preparing some clones of Gorilla Glue #4 for a hopeful and healthy outdoor grow this season when a friend of mine stopped by. He never saw the cloning process before and had all kinds of questions for me. As I was cutting some potential candidates, he asked me why I wasn’t cloning that one? The one he was asking about is an auto-flower strain of Sweet Cheese.

Here are the ones that survived my last traditional GG4 cloning endeavor.

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After I was done explaining it to him to the best of my knowledge, I realized what a great topic this would be; therefore, I’m going to do my best and try to remember my conversation from a few days ago? I’m sure my friend isn’t the only one who doesn’t know why it’s not a good idea to clone an auto-flowering cannabis plant?

What’s an Auto-Flower Strain?

An auto-flower strain is different than photoperiod (traditional) strains that have a typical 16 to 18-week life cycle. What happens for an auto-flower strain is they go from a vegetative state to the flowering cycle without making any changes to the environment. They also start to bud without adjustments to the lighting schedule.

Traditional strains require 12-hours of darkness to initiate the flowering cycle. This imitates its natural environment outside that works in unison with the sun and is the reason why planting cannabis outdoors in the spring allows the plant to be finished with its life cycle before winter arrives.

Auto-Flowering Clones Follow the Mother’s Genetic Timeline

The life cycle for an auto-flowering strain is about 10-weeks to harvest; therefore, when you cut a clone from an auto-flowering strain it follows the same growth cycle as the mother plant. For example, if your mother plant was 3-weeks old at the time of cloning? It will take at least 2-weeks before there are any signs of roots popping out of the starter plugs.

At this point, there’s only about 5-weeks left for the auto-flowering plant to finish its life cycle. Clones from an auto-flower strain are generally very small and don’t produce more than a few popcorn buds.

Advantages to Auto-Flowering Strains

The advantage that I find with auto-flowering strains is having a harvest in between my other harvests. I only have room to flower two photoperiod indoor plants at a time, but I have more space in my veg room than I do my tent; therefore, I can get away with letting an auto-flower strain do its thing in the corner.

I also like the fact that the quality of the cannabis is just as good as a traditional strain, but I’ve also discovered the bounty isn’t as much? On the other hand, the biggest advantage of growing auto-flowering strains is saving money when you run out of weed in between traditional harvests.

This is my next Sweet Cheese auto-flower that's 3-weeks old and in its final home.

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How do you plan to revert them back to veg stage??

Since autos are not photosensitive they are not cloneable. They are so delicate, you can't even top them as they have no time to recover due to their internal clock.

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I didn't clone the auto-flower. Those clones in the photos are traditional GG4.

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A-ha... Seeing photos and the headline made me think that...

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It's ok:) I just wanted some pics of clones in the post. I actually just edited text above the clone photos, so others will know the difference. Thanks for pointing that out:)

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Glad I'd help. Even by getting confused haha

Professionally written dude! Nice to see people are taking the clones actually before plants enter flowering, saving time, lowering the stress and doing it the right way. Maybe its advisable to say if you are buying clones submerge them completely for a few seconds in weak h2o2 solution to kill all bacteria and pests you could be introducing to your garden. What EC have you been running with your GG4 during flowering?

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Thanks:) I always cut my clones as soon as the mother is big and healthy enough in the veg state. Like you said it lowers stress, and I find that it gives them a head start. The EC I use is the 3-part series of Micro, Grow, and Bloom by Advanced Nutrients, In the veg stage, I go with more grow and less bloom, then for the flowering stage, I decrease the grow and add more bloom. I also use Cal-Mag throughout most of the plant's life cycle and during the 2nd week of flower is when I start adding a series of enhancers. That's also a good tip about giving clones a bath before you introduce them into your garden. I always cut my own, but if I did get one somewhere else, I will definitely use your suggestion:)

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By what I mean with EC you can check on my Smoke.io EC post.
I'm interested in EC levels of watering solution or how much could you feed them without hurting them.

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PH levels. Gotcha, I'll check out your post.

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Not PH man, EC!
Like electric conductivity. Measures level of dissolved solids in a solution. I'm giving up if this one does not work.

Very interesting !

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Thanks, it's a topic that doesn't come up much.

Nice flowers. Top :-)

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Thanks, it tasted just as good as it looks:)

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:-)

Thanks. New to the platform and learned a thing or two already just from reading your post.

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Welcome to smoke:) I'm glad you enjoyed it.