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Posted 23 December 2009 - 09:42 AM

I'm very new to growing so I apologize if this is a stupid question. Also, how many times can a plant be cloned? Thanks.
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Posted 23 December 2009 - 09:45 AM

When you see people talking about their "mother" plants, they're talking about a clone they took from a plant that later turned into a strong female. That plant then is meant to be the mother for more clones, thus, yes, you can clone a clone.

As far as I know, any living plant can be cloned but you have to be mindful that their current condition at cloning is inherited by the clone. Thus you don't clone a flowering plant intending to make it a mother. A clone from the flowering plant would produce a flowering clone.

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 09:48 AM

Sweet. Thanks for the quick reply.

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 10:09 AM

cloning a clone causes genetic drift. keep a mother and clone off that

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 10:27 AM

I thought clones were supposed to be genetically the same? So the clone from a clone will be different from the original plant that started off as a seed?

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 11:23 AM

I'm very new to growing so I apologize if this is a stupid question. Also, how many times can a plant be cloned? Thanks.

Hey Damien
A donor plant from seed will give you the most vigorous cuts, but to answer your question... yes.

Many people grow this way, depending on a few factors -which I wont bore you with right now-

I personally run cuttings from cuttings, etc. for years at a time and have never experienced any problems.
Many well known, knowledgeable and experienced breeders/growers will tell you the same.

If environmental conditions are kept dialed in constantly and consistently from crop to crop then there will be no problem maintaining the genetic integrity of that particular pheno..

To help maintain vigor, always take the next crops cuts from the best looking previous cuts, and so on.

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 11:28 AM

I thought clones were supposed to be genetically the same?

They are, you are correct.

So the clone from a clone will be different from the original plant that started off as a seed?

Absolutely not. If environment is kept identical from crop to crop then genetic integrity will be maintained.

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 12:31 PM

It was told to me that the potency would decline if cloning from a clone, but I have now taken clones from clones for the past 3 grows with no problem, and you can indeed take a clone from a flowering mother, you stand better chances of the clone surviving and taking off very quickly, not to mention its much quicker than to start from seed.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:01 AM

Thanks fellas. I want to take this approach but not if it diminishes the quality or potency.

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 11:50 PM

I had inquired about this same thing, previously.

A clone of a clone will be identical to the ORIGINAL plant. Genetics do not change down the line. I think the misconception comes from the idea that we are using computer to clone them (like we would people or dogs) but we're not.

There is no danger in cloning a clone of a clone of a clone. Just be sure to clone when the plant/branch is healthy.

Do keep in mind, that if the original plant germinated 4 years ago - the clone of a clone of a clone will also 'think' it is 4 years old.

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 06:58 AM

Do keep in mind, that if the original plant germinated 4 years ago - the clone of a clone of a clone will also 'think' it is 4 years old.


Does a plant 'thinking' that it is four years old make any sort of difference?

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 12:16 AM

So when is the best time during the grow to clone?

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 06:48 PM

It sure does :) When growing with clones, the clone is considered as "mature" as the mother plant. So, when using clones from a 4 year old mother, you're clones should have offset nodes (sign of maturity) just like mom ;) You're able to flower sooner with clones, then if you were waiting for a plant to mature from seed before flowering. Hope this helps.

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Whoa. This just through me on a whole different loop. So will there be a difference in the growing speed or quality when cloning from a 2+ year old mother or a 1 year old clone? Thanks for all this new insight.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 02:11 AM

Sorry, I thought the post made that clearer.

I don't agree that taking clones of clones affects growth speed or potency, the reasons followed.


That really makes me feel a lot better because even though I've read that ordering seeds and having them delivered is some what safe, I don't want to take a chance. I would much rather keep cloning from clones.

Sorry to tack on another question to this but how long can a mother plant live if it is kept on the 18/6 cycle? Also how tall would she get? I know species vary but I am now wondering if it would be possible keeping a plant growing for years on end. I'll be in a basement with 10' high ceilings.


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