Tips on Cloning?
I have 3 plants that are 4 weeks old (Grapefruit Krush) that I grew from seed. Shown below, they are 8 inches, 5.5 inches and 6 inches respectivley. I plan to flower them at around 12 inches … a couple weeks from now. I am trying to pick the best candidate for a mother, but I am not sure what I should be looking for. All 3 are quite different … one has shot up about 2 inches above the other two (top left), but has far fewer and smaller leaves growing from the stem-branch nodes. The node leaves on the next smaller one are similar in size and amount (bottom), but the smallest one has much bigger and more of them (top right). This might be a dumb question, but these leaves are important when it comes to flowering correct? My room has height issues, so 24 inches is as tall as they can get at full bloom so the stouter 2 plants seem a better option. I am leaning towards the smallest one with the bushiest stem (top right). I’d love feedback.
My other question is what do I cut? I have seen it on you tube before, and understand what to do once I have the cutting, but when I look at my plants, I am not sure what to cut. Do I just cut one of those big leaves off? Will taking four clones from one plant affect it’s flowering? Any advice would be very appreciated.
Edited Feb 6, 2012:
I have one week to figure this cloning thing out, specifically what to cut. The two pics below are “what I think I need to cut”. The second pic is the branch that comes out where the lowest fan leaf meets the stem. Hoping someone can confirm. My worry is that each plant only has 6 of these and removing 4 seems like it would leave the plant bare. Especially becasue it seems to me (I really have no idea, lol) that these will be bud bearing branches if left on the plant. Do I have the right idea here? Is it okay to take a clone so low on the plant? … read somewhere about not going too low …
The red line represents the cut.
SUPER CROPPING QUESTION:
In response to Al Bud below … below is a good example of one of my plants with two strong tops (at 7 weeks old). Would I just ‘pinch and twist’ them say, half way down from the top to where they divide? Do I do it hard enough that they will lay down … horizontal … 45 degrees? Is there chance of screwing up and really hurting the plant if I do it wrong? Will I lose the two top colas? …I always thought the most bud would be on those. Sorry … too many questions … this is all new to me and abit scary!
Edited Feb 8, 2012
Oooops! Pinched the wrong place!
Added Feb 8, 2012:
Back to the cloning question, thanks Al. I posted a picture below to show the plant better. The only thing I can find on the plant that looks clonable is those colas. I have looked much closer today and there are actually 10 of them (which includes the two tops). They all stem off just above where a fan leaf leaves them main stem. The bottom 2 are tiny (1.5-2 inches), and each set gets abit bigger that the last as you move up the plant. There is no secondary growth off of them that even comes close … infact the only thing growing off of them are fan leaves with tiny little growth where they branch off the cola. I can’t see how even several weeks will produce clonable outgrowth off of the main colas … can I use a couple of the small lower colas as a clone? Seems to me that they will never become anything substantial anyway.
Can’t find any secondary growth off the main colas big enough, or with a “top”
Tiny lower colas
Edited Feb 10, 2012
So … my curiosity got he best of me and I decided to give Al’s supercropping a REAL try. Big gulp! Gave the tops a GOOD pinch until I felt a good crack … a little twist … see below! The tops all lay down horizontal. On a couple plants I did 4 colas. I am not sure vwhat this will accomplish yet, but I am hoping it will slow vertical growth for a couple days at the least. It was tough snapping my girls necks! lol