If you can mist your clones a couple of times a day so they don’t dry out, you may be able to skip the clear top altogether. Another option is put the clear top over your plants while you’re away from your grow area(like when you’re at work), then take it off while you’re around to check on your clones and mist them regularly with water. Most domes have vents to let them expel extra air, and you will want to open them if it starts looking too misty in there! 2.) Give each clone a little something extra to help make roots.
In addition to cloning gel or powder, some growers recommend spraying the leaves with a very mild nutrient solution, as the clones can absorb a tiny bit of nutrients through their leaves. Cannabis growers may also add a small amount of … >>> Vitamin B-1 (“Western States B-1” found at Home Depot) >>> Potassium silicate protectant (“Dyna-Gro Pro-tekt” is a great source that has been time-tested for cloning marijuana) To promote root growth, try to give new clones a minimum level of nitrogen and possibly increased levels of phosphorus. Basically, any sort of flowering nutrients would be well suited to give to new clones. However, make sure if you’re feeding them nutes to give them only 1/4 to 1/2 the recommended amounts for seedlings! 3.) Use rooting powder or gel (that has been properly stored) When creating clones, many people prefer to use some sort of cloning solution or powder, which contain hormones that help the clone root and can be purchased from a grow shop, garden store, or off the internet. Gels tend to evenly coat the plant much better than powders, but if you’re not sure you can use both!
Store your rooting powder or gel in a cool, dark, dry place and never use “contaminated” rooting powder or gel. If the package was unsealed when you got it, or if you’ve dropped anything into the rooting hormone, discard and get a fresh package. Foreign materials like leaves, dirt, dust, etc can cause bad stuff to grow in your gel or powder, and will negatively affect your cloning results. Some cloning gels come with a handy applicator tip, which makes it easier to use and reduces waste and the chance of contamination. 4.) Take cuttings from a well-established and healthy plant. You will tend to get better results if you use clones from a well-established plant (at least two months old). Younger plants may not be totally mature, and their clones can take a lot longer to root, or may not root at all. If you grow a plant in the vegetative stage for about 2-3 months, you will be able to get dozens of clones off a single plant. It’s completely fine if you plan on just taking a couple of clones from a plant then letting it continue growing. In fact, it’s best to take the clones off the bottom of the plant since these clones tend to take root in much less time than clones taken from the top of the plant. 5.) Take clones off the bottom of the plant for faster rooting, off the top of the plant for faster flowering. If getting plants to root as fast as possible, it’s best to take the clones off the bottom of the plant since these clones tend to have more root hormones and tend to take root in less time as clones taken from the top of the plant. If you want to flower the plant right away to determine the gender, then you’ll often have better luck taking a clone from the top of the plant, which tends to be more primed to flowering. 6.) Prepare the mother plant for cloning if you can. If possible, give a potential mother less nitrogen then usual when feeding for a week or two before cloning as this will promote better rooting in her clones. Save yourself a boatload of frustration by always taking more cuttings than you need. You will lose a few clones in the beginning, but I promise it will get easier. I’ve had a clone that didn’t really do anything for almost a month (it didn’t wilt or grow) and I was just about to throw it away before it suddenly exploded with new growth and became a healthy adult plant. However, it’s usually a lot easier to take many extra marijuana clones and throw away any that are taking longer than the others to make roots. 8.) Don’t forget to label every cannabis clone, or you will regret it! You might be amazed at how much you can forget in the week it takes for roots to form 🙂 9.) A cannabis clone from a flowering plant will grow differently at first, this is normal! You want to take clones off a cannabis plant when it’s in the vegetative stage if possible because cuttings will root faster, but you can also take clones from a flowering plant if you have a prize plant you want to save. When taking clones from a flowering cannabis plant, choose clones from the bottom of the plant and immediately pinch away any buds you see. Other than that you can treat new clones exactly the same as any other.
Clones from flowering plants may grow more “bushy” than their parent plant, and will often show other strange growing patterns especially in the first few weeks after being cloned (for example rounded leaves).
It’s completely normal for clones taken during the flowering stage to have weird leaves and growth patterns for the first few weeks.