How to choose an MMJ cloneOn August 11, 2017 by darren
Our preferred choice is to pop seeds when starting new plants. Main reason is no plant material from another garden. However if a clone is the only option(s) available here are our best practices on choosing an MMJ clone.
- Perform a visual inspection of the clone before touching.
- Are there spots on the leafs? Spots mostly mean mites, mites are unwanted bad bugs.
- Is there yellowing on the leafs? Yellowing can mean watering issue but in small clones is likely to mean weak roots.
- If the plant fails one or both of the first two visual inspections above and the strain is a genetic that is desired all is not lost. There are things that can be done to re-condition the clone and make it acceptable. Link to article
- Has the plant been topped? Colorado state law requires facilities to sell clones no taller than eight (8) inches and no wider than eight (8) inches. Because of this law clones can be topped (cut) multiple times. Each time the top is cut off of a plant the stalk splits into two. A plant that has been topped once will have two tops, etc.
- What is the plant & planter contained in? At this point in the plants life it is taking in water mainly though its leaf system, only minorly through roots, although more as root systems are developed. Note the humidity percent in the clones immediate atmosphere. How is it contained?
- How thick is the base of the stalk? Thicker can be better but not always. It depends on branch thickness at clipping. A physical squeeze test (noted in #2) may be performed.
- If the plant passes the first two visual inspection points pick up the plant and perform a physical inspection.
- Squeeze the stalk gently with two fingers and pull up very, very lightly to test the strength of the roots. Remember, clones are branches that were cut off a plant. Branches aren’t cut with roots. Roots take time and the right nutrients to develop.
- Rub the larger leafs. Are they dry? Remember, at this point most water uptake to the plant is mainly though the leafs.
- Touch the soil. Is the soil moist? Watering the soil is mainly for root development at this stage of a clone not feeding.
- Are there live roots sticking out the bottom holes of the clone planter? This is a good sign that the clone has strong roots and is ready for transplant before the plant becomes root bound.
Important: Once a clone is picked it is time for pre-treatment! Please read the linked article about how to pretreat clones before any new clone is introduced into the garden.