It’s important to cover the cuttings with some sort of a dome so that it develops roots. After the roots grow a bit, you can introduce them to artificial light or sunlight and they will grow normally like any other cannabis plant. Cloning is perfect for photoperiod strains, but the question is if the same applies for autoflowering plants. Find out how you can clone autoflowering plants in this video: Can I make clones from autoflowering plants? Autoflowers are different compared to photoperiod strains.
Photoperiod strains start flowering as soon as they are introduced to a 12/12 cycle of light/darkness. However, autoflowering strains will start flowering irrespective of the light provided. In simple terms, autoflowers have a preset cycle and they will start flowering within just 3-4 weeks of growth. Like photoperiod plants, autoflowers can be cloned as well. It’s not impossible to clone autoflowering strains. They are normal plants just like other cannabis plants. But, the problem is that growers are rarely successful in cloning them.
Cuttings taken from the mother plant grow are rooted so they can grow into new plants. But, it’s different with autoflowers only because of the genetics. Autoflowers come under the Ruderalis species of cannabis. They are popular because they are the fastest to flower. They have a different timeline when compared to Sativa and Indica. In the wild, Ruderalis varieties adapted to the harshest of weather conditions. While photoperiod cannabis growers need to wait a minimum of 5-6 months for their plants to grow, flower and produce buds, autoflowers finish their cycle within 3 months. Yep, they are amazing and can produce two batches of harvest in the time taken to produce one batch of photoperiod strains. However, it is due to this very reason that you can’t clone autoflowers successfully. Many growers specifically look for autoflowers when they purchase seeds because they are fast, produce great yields, and have a high content of THC as well. But, among the many advantages, the only disadvantage is that it’s not very receptive to cloning. Since they don’t have a specific timeline to trigger flowering, it’s not possible to manipulate them. Now, with cloning, you need to cut a specific branch and dip it in a rooting solution. The cutting will develop roots on its own and grow into another big, beautiful plant. Photoperiod strains will start flowering only when they get 12 hours of darkness, just like in the wild. When cannabis plants realize that the periods of darkness are increasing, they start flowering. Obviously, you can manipulate the plant to grow as long as you want by providing 18 hours of light. You don’t have the luxury of manipulating the growing or vegetative period because the plant will start flowering even if you provide 24 hours of light. For instance, let’s say you sow an autoflower seed. You wait a bit until the plant produces a few nodes. You see that the plant has several nodes to grow into other plants. Or, maybe you can actually try this because it becomes even easier to understand why you can’t clone autos effectively. So, now you dip the cutting in a rooting solution and wait for it to develop roots.
Meanwhile, the mother plant continues to grow and starts flowering. Remember that the clone will perform exactly like the mother.
And before it can even grow, it will start flowering. In this process, you’ll be left with a small plant that has no time to develop proper roots either. With autoflowers, timing is everything, and since cloning requires time, it’s not possible to clone autoflowers.