Before growing marijuana a decision needs to be made on whether to start from seeds or clones.
What is a Clone
A clone is a portion of a branch that has been cut from a mother plant and planted to become a new plant. A clone can be purchased from clone bank or if you are already established and have mother plants that you never bring to bud, you can make your own. Cloning your own can be challenging and rewarding. The satisfaction of knowing that you created your own plant from another, see it grow and thrive is exciting.
What are Seeds
Seeds are harvested off a plant and used to grow new plants. Feminized seeds are the best seeds to use when wanting to produce big, skunky, dense, delicious bud. You can purchase seeds from a seed bank or produce your own. If you want to produce your own you will need both male and female plants. The male plants pollinate the female plants creating seeds. If you do not want to run the risk of seeds being in your bud, then only purchase female seeds, so no male will pollinate your crop. If you choose to make your own seeds then you will want to take your selected few plants and move them into a room away from your non-seeding plants.
Consider This When Deciding
The things to consider are:
- Time (the time it takes for a crop to come to harvest)
- Variety (strains available in either seed or clone form)
- Quality (generation of the clone or the correct seed gender)
- Difficulty (germinating a seed or continued care of a clone)
- Expense (cost of seeds vs clones)
Time is something that needs to be considered before choosing seeds or clones. Seeds you must germinate for about two weeks before planting, so add that time to the total grow cycle. Clones are a jump start to growing by about a month. If you want to test which you prefer then do some seeds and some clones and see which you prefer. No matter which you choose, your end product will be the same.
There are thousands of strains out there and you need to decide which strains you want to grow. Also, you may not be able to get some of the strains you want in a clone, so you may decide to choose seeds because you really want that strain. You must also take into consideration:
- Cycle time of each plant (some take longer than others)
- Environment requirements (Some plants thrive is warmer temps, other cooler)
- Size (Some grow tall and thin and others grow short and out)
The size of your grow will determine your best options of strains. If you have a grow that is divided up so that you can have different cycles going in their own designated groups, great. Our grow is divided into rooms, so we can grow different strains, with different needs and time separately. If you do not have this kind of set up then read about each strain and keep all your plants the same. Some plants have a grow time of 60 days, others 90 and so on and so forth. Research is key.
Whether you choose purchase seeds or clones, research where you get them from. Read testimonials to find out if the quality is there. Some problems with clones would be: fungus gnat infestation, poor root development or mold. We purchase clones from a very reputable strain bank that back their clones with a guarantee. The root systems are strong, great variety, mother plants are first or second generation, fungus gnat and mold free. Mother plant generation is very important, think of it this way, cloning from a clone, you do not want to go that too fat down the line. Production and quality can diminish the further from the 1st generation. We actually drive about three hours to get our clones and that is fine with us, because we know that we are getting quality clones.
When it comes to quality seeds, if you order feminized seeds only, you should only get feminized seeds. Once again, read testimonials, and see if they carry some sort of guarantee. You may only be spending a couple of dollars on the seeds itself, but if you end up a male plant in a room full of females, your product will be full of seeds and that is not quality and takes away from your total yield weight.
Some strains are harder to grow than other. This is true with all plants. That is why there is always a rating on how easy or hard a plant is to grow. Purple plants usually have a harder rating. If this is your first time, stick with easy plants and eventually, as you perfect your craft, you can move into more difficult plants. If are doing this as a business then you need to think about maximizing your bottom line. One mistake can cost you and entire crop. That cost is not just the plants and potential bud, but water, electricity, filtration, bulbs etc… loss can be devastating.
Clones or seeds, start with easy and move your way up the line. Clones you may be able to move a bit faster, because they are established and you just need to push them on. Seeds you will start from scratch and that can be more difficult, especially with a strain that is rated difficult.
Basically, seeds cost much less than clones. Clones can run about $20.00 per clone and sometimes the more that you purchase the lesser the price. Seeds run about $10.00 per seed. Only purchase seeds from the state that you live in and never from overseas.
The choice between using seeds or clones is all about personal preference. It also never hurts to utilize both. Either way, you should try each way at least once, just to see the differences and results.
Please leave me a comment if you have any questions or something to add, I would love to hear from you.