Clones are the exact genetics as their mother. The idea is to keep about 8-10 mother plants and have them grow to about 4 feet. Large enough so I can clip 50 or so clones from each mother. The mother’s wont bud because we keep them in the grow room. (18 Hours of light)
To make a clone you will need a cloning solution, these have nutrients and hormones that help clone the root. You then want to take a clean razor blade and cut the shoots off the plant at a 45-degree angle in between the nodes. You want the clones to be about 4-5 inches tall. The node is where the plant branches out from the main shoots. After you make your cuttings to the clone’s you will then have to apply the root cloning solution as soon as possible because if you give to much time an air bubble could form and slow down the whole grow process. After the initial cuts are made to the clones dip the end into the root solution and transfer them to 1-inch rock wool cube. You want to push it in enough so it is firm and wont easily fallout. But make sure not to put it all the way through the rock wool.
You want to mist your clones with pure water daily around 2-3 times through out the day for about 10 to 14 days. After 2 weeks you will begin to notice roots, you want to keep them under fluorescent tubes at 24 hours of light to maximize growth. For the first 4-5 days I keep the clones about 4-5 inches away from the bulbs. After 5 days I will place them 1 inch away from the bulbs till I start to see the roots come in. Once you start to see roots its time to transplant them into dirt cups or into your airoponics system. The next step will be to put these clones under HID light and watch them flourish.
Some brands of cloning solutions to use are “Woods” and “Clonex”
So after about two weeks when you start to see substantial growth in the roots it will be time to transport the plants into larger gallon pots and put them under Metal Halide lighting for fast strong growth. When transporting into gallon pots you want to aim to get them in 5-gallon pots of possible. So after about a month you will take your plants and change it to a 12 hour light 12 hour pitch black cycle.