On today’s show, Kief from Emerald Zoo stopped by to share his vast knowledge of cloning cannabis. Kief started growing in the 1980s but started cloning in the mid-80s. That was how Kief got his start in the Cannabis industry.
Summary and Show Highlights:
The Process of Cloning
Kief started the show by talking more about the process before starting to clone. His advice is to research and find more information on not just the plant, as well as what you’re doing (Legality, set up, etc). Moving from the research aspect we shift towards the bare necessities to start, which is what Kief recommends, as many times people tend to over prep or under prep. Basics include surgical equipment because when cloning one should keep the plant as clean as possible. One of the most important components that Kief talks about is the pH balance in the plant’s water.
How important is pH balance in plants water?
Having the plants water at a range of 6.50 allows the plant itself to absorb more of the necessary nutrients compared to water that hasn’t been pH balanced. When cutting the 6.00-6.30 range allows the plant to grow roots quicker. Kief shared with us that roots don’t grow from the bottom but start by the walls of the plant.
What are rookie mistakes?
The most common rookie mistake that Kief shares with us are too many people is not prepared properly. You do not need a hydroponic set up for cloning but you also do not want to be underprepared either. Clones also do not need high-intensity lights. Kief says that they’re babies, high-intensity light does nothing that he recommends is having the clones on 20 hour of light and 4 hours of the lights being off.
What do you need? How much is it?
Kief lists humidity dome, heating lamp, a reservoir for the water, air pump to aerate the water, and meters that monitor the water all for a couple hundred bucks! Another alternative is to buy the materials used but also keeping in mind that going to cheap will throw readings and measuring off.
What do you not need?
High-intensity lights, big pots, or a massive amount of soil is unnecessary when cloning. Not properly taking care of your grow will give problems because the plant is not where it needs to be in regards to its health and nutrition.
How do you tell if you have a good clone or a bad one?
The best way to tell is by looking at the plant. According to Kief studying the plant and its structure is key when trying to decide if a clone is good or bad. Not only that but looking at the walls of the plant to look for any evidence of pests. Since pests tend to run away from direct sunlight looking over the walls for any evidence of pests would be a good start. Since looks can be deceiving Kief also gives us a helpful tip by telling us to keep an eye out for white hairs by tubes!
When and where should home growers clone?
Every cultivator is different but it really is all personal preference when it comes to where they want to grow. Kief talks more in depth of his own procedure and stating that after 14 days into flowering a plant is safe to harvest for cloning. Giving the plant good hygiene and following safe procedures allows for any place to be a good environment to clone.
How do you produce successful clones?
Talking in great detail Kief notes temperature, humidity, and time are the main focus when producing a successful clone. Kief also touches on letting air in gradually with a low-speed fan and how important that is to the overall health of the plant. The next aspect is the nutrition of the plant.
How do you feed them?
In a market that is flooded with so many different products Kief keeps is simple. He feeds his grow 2, 3 part nitrogen-based nutrient that is very much diluted. As for as feeding his grow this is what Kief does, that it.
How often do you feed them?
Every 3-4 days is when Kief suggests feeding your clones. You have to keep in mind that while the clones are in tubes inside the dome they will only get fed a handful of times.
Doing some research on your states growing laws is very important. A lot of states have transparent laws when it comes to growing but knowing your state’s limit would greatly reduce putting home growers in any harms way.
Be safe! Do not advertise what you are doing. Kief draws a lot of emphasis on safety and making sure that not only your grow is safe but you, the grower, is safe as well by making sure your set up is safe. Installing everything properly is very important, which could prevent a fire from occurring, especially having a 24 hour a day set up. Kief also leaves us with advice to do your research and find reputable sources to gather information from. Kief shares his favorite source Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Grower’s Handbook which he uses to help him with his cloning.