If you want to grow your own Cannabis plant, cloning is definitely something you should consider. Put simply, it is the process of making an exact copy of (cloning) your marijuana plant, removing the need of planting another seed. Cloning requires one to carefully consider the proper techniques, such as using the right cutting angle and more importantly, using an effective cloning gel for your plant. In this article, we’ll delve into the top gels that have been proven effective for cannabis growth:
How do I Clone a Cannabis Plant?
Good question! If you’re planning to do your own cuttings, you’ll need to get a mother cannabis plant and have in hand a sharp pair of scissors. Once your plants are ready for cutting, take the razor blade and sterilize it (to prevent infecting the plant) and carefully slice a cutting at a 45-degree angle on the plant. Next, get some sapling cubes to put your clones in and set up a moderately strong light (preferably, a T5 growth light). Once this is done, set up a 7” Humidity dome for the clones and get your cloning gel ready. You can look up more information about cloning online, but these steps cover the basics. We’ll now delve into what a cloning gel is.
What are Cloning Gels?
Cloning gels are a special formula that provides your plant clipping with essential nutrients and vitamins in order to help it grow roots without which, it is pretty difficult to do so. The cloning gel is usually applied to coat the cut stems before they are planted in soil. There are many cloning gels for a wide variety of plants. There are many gels available for Marijuana plants available in the market for cannabis growers. Here are top cloning gels that have been proven by users effective time and again.
Clonex Rooting Gel
The most popular brand of cloning gel amongst pot growers, Clonex is packed with root growth hormones, vitamins, and mineral nutrients. The gel is available in 0.5 oz. packet and in 3.5 oz., 17.5 oz., and 35 oz. containers if you’re considering higher volume plantation. The gel formula is meant to stick to the stem and provide a continuous source of nutrients and vitamins that are essential for the plant’s growth. Its active ingredient is Indole-3-Butyric Acid, 0.31% per volume. A generous coating on each stem will ensure proper growth of the plant.
Cautionary tip: Do not dip the stem directly into the bottled solution as it tends to contaminate the formula!
Pros: Faster rooting, with a 100% success rate in most cases. The formula is thick and stays where you put it.
Cons: Little pricey and molds can form when the gel is applied improperly.
Technaflora Rootech Gel
Another popular cloning gel, Rootech Gel is also water-based like Clonex and can be diluted with water if required. Generally available in 0.25 oz. tin container, one can also choose to buy the gel in higher quantities of 2 oz., 4 oz., and 8 oz. as well. The active ingredient here is also 1H-indole-3-butanoic acid but is provided in a higher concentration. The gel is very thick and is designed to stick securely to your plant.
Pros: The thick solution that sticks to the cuts. The user also has the option of diluting the gel, thus allowing them to spread out the solution to more batches of plants.
Cons: Cuttings can get infected if the gel isn’t properly used. Low volume of product for the price.
Quick Clone Gel
The natural Quick Clone Gel doesn’t seem to contain the active ingredient found in Clonex and Rootech but instead, is based on organic ingredients. It comes in two sizes, 2.6 oz. and 8.8 oz. containers. The formula is absent of any artificial dyes and is packed with amino acids, vitamins, and rooting hormones. The downside to Quick Clone gel is that it is a little pricey in comparison with other gels available in the market.
Pros: Provides strong and consistent rooting. The solution has a thick consistency and helps seal cuts. It is also less messy to use.
Cons: Improper use and contamination may lead to rotting. Product seal is not very safe and prone to contamination.
A cloning gel is important for anyone who is seriously considering to grow healthy cannabis plants at home. The gels mentioned above have all proven to be effective and don’t seem to indicate any particular downsides (aside from price differences). Stay high and happy growing!