An increasingly popular method of hemp cultivation involves “cloning” the plant. This method involves taking a cutting from a “mother plant” that will then grow its own root system to become an identical copy of the original.
Cloning hemp is regarded as the only method that provides reliable consistency across a full harvest. This cloning process allows an identical genetic to grow year after year.
Cuttings are generally taken from the lower branches of the mother plant that look the healthiest. The cuttings are then encouraged to root in water, soil, or rockwool. Roots begin to sprout after one to three weeks, depending on the method used.
The plants are then relocated to mature in fields or other controlled growing environments. This method offers a high level of stability and sustainability with a predictable outcome.
While it’s the only way to reach absolute consistency, growing hemp by way of cloning has its own challenges.
Seeds Vs Clones, Pros & Cons
- Cannabis plants from seeds grow what’s called a tap-root, which is like an extension of the main stem that grows straight downward. Tap-roots are able to penetrate deeper into the soil for better water access.
- Seeds can be stored for a long time and are easily moved.
- Free from pests, disease, and viruses from the get-go.
- Some growers suggest seed-grown plants are healthier and stronger than cloned plants.
- Inconsistent genetics—every plant will contain slightly different concentrations of cannabinoids and other plant compounds.
- It can be difficult to identify the gender of a seed. With the exception of breeding, male plants must be detected and removed from harvest before pollination occurs.
- Seeds take longer to grow and develop into mature plants.
- Consistent and predictable genetics that will lead to an equally consistent product.
- Clones are taken from female plants and gender identification becomes a non-issue.
- Cuttings from a mother plant grow to maturity faster than seed-grown plants.
- Clones will all require the same growing conditions, meaning conditions will not need to be adjusted between harvests.
- Clones can carry diseases and pests inherited from the mother plant. Great care must be taken to keep mother plants in good health.
- Instead of growing a hearty tap-root, clones will only grow secondary roots from the stem that branch out laterally.
GROWING HEMP – THE BEST METHOD FOR CBD
Which method is better for creating CBD oil?
Some companies may choose to grow from seeds, or pull from multiple harvests with a variety of genetics, potentially leading to inconsistent results in their extracts.
We believe consistency in genetics when growing hemp is absolutely critical to making the best possible CBD products.
This is why Hemplucid utilizes hemp cloned from healthy mother plants with a carefully developed set of superior genetics. Cloned plants allow us to offer natural hemp-derived products that provide powerful and consistent benefits with every batch.
Until cannabis breeders can create true-breeding seeds for growing hemp, the cloning method will continue to be necessary for consistent hemp-derived CBD products.