You can practically find autoflowering feminized seeds for sale almost anywhere especially if you are looking for them online. In fact, most Americans are actually getting their marijuana buds and seeds online from cannabis seed banks. That said, you yourself might have even been growing feminized seeds since you know of their advantages and benefits to your grow space.
However, you do not always have to rely on seeds whenever you are growing marijuana plants. Cloning is also a good option for you to develop and produce more buds in your cannabis grow space. But since the world now mostly relies on feminized seeds, is it safe to use them as the mother plants for you clones?
But before we get to that point, it is imperative to understand more about cloning first.
What is Cloning?
When you hear about the word “cloning”, there is a really good chance that sci-fi concepts will immediately flood into your mind. Movies and television shows have fed us the conventional (and sometimes wrong) understanding of what cloning is. Cloning is not always about using high-tech futuristic materials to get DNA samples from an organism and instantaneously creating a copy of it. It actually is a bit different when it comes to the cannabis world.
When cloning cannabis plants, the basic concept is still the same. You will have to secure a genetic material of what we call the “mother plant” for you to start the cloning process. But that is where the similarities between this process and the sci-fi concept of cloning stop.
Instead of using the plant’s DNA to grow a marijuana plant from scratch, you are actually cutting a part of it (usually a healthy stem or branch from a mature mother plant) and then growing a new cannabis plant out of that cut. Essentially, you are merely creating a copy of it by cutting a part of it and then growing a plant that is genetically the same as the mother plant. That is how you basically clone cannabis plants.
Why Clone Marijuana Plants?
- It is faster
Cloning marijuana plants instead of growing them from seeds is a lot faster. That is because you will be skipping the germination process when growing new cannabis plants out of clones. You are essentially cutting around two weeks by using clones instead of seeds.
2. You already know what you are getting
Growing clones are essentially creating a genetic copy of the mother plant you used. That means that there are no more surprises. You know what you are getting and that is most likely a plant that is just the same as the mother plant you used.
3. The clone carries the same attributes as the mother plant
When using the cloning method of creating new marijuana plants, you will be getting a plant that has the same attributes as the mother plant. So if the mother plant has a unique kind of scent or flavor and has effects and THC levels that are optimal, the new plants created from that mother will essentially have the same attributes. This is also great if you want your buds to have more uniformity in terms of their attributes and effects.
4. Doing so is generally cheaper
Truth be told, cannabis seeds can be pretty expensive. So if you want to save up on cash, you can dispense with the need of using seeds by growing clones instead. That is because you practically do not have to shell out money when you are starting new plants using cloning since you are merely using a pre-existing mother plant.
Can you use feminized marijuana plants as mother plants for your clones?
Generally speaking, yes you can. Female marijuana plants that come from feminized seeds can still be used to create clones. It is also safe to use them as mother plants if you are cloning new cannabis plants for your grow space. That is because these plants still have the same structure and capabilities as plants that come from regular cannabis seeds. But the question here is if it is advisable for you to create clones using feminized marijuana plants.
In that sense, a lot of experts will agree that you should try as much as possible to avoid cloning using female mother plants that come from feminized cannabis seeds. One of the first reasons for such is that there is a bigger chance for your clones to become hermaphrodites.
Hermaphroditism in cannabis plants happens when a female plant forces itself to develop male characteristics in an attempt to propagate its kind and to pollinate itself and other nearby female marijuana plants. Hermaphrodites are more likely to arise from feminized cannabis seeds because they do not carry male genetics. As such, they will be forced to become males themselves and develop pollen sacs just so they can propagate. So if you are creating clones from a female plant coming from feminized seeds, there is also a chance that your clones will carry the hermaphrodite genes that their mother has.
Another reason is that regular seeds have stronger genetics as opposed to female seeds. That is because regular seeds are developed from generations of backcrossing to make sure they end up with genetics as pure as possible. In that sense, you will not only minimize the risk of getting hermaphrodites from your clones but you will also most likely end up with clones that are superior in terms of genetic makeup compared to feminized marijuana plants.
However, if you insist on using feminized seeds as mother plants for clones, the best strategy is to use several mother plants to try to weed out the ones that have a tendency to become hermaphrodites. If you find that one of the mother plants you used did not develop clones that became hermaphrodites, consider yourself lucky. You can use that mother plant to produce more clones that most likely will not end up as hermaphrodites.