Clones can be an easy and efficient way to introduce new genetics into your garden. Whether you’re looking for a proven strain to deliver consistent flavour and yield or hunting for a cut of some rare “clone-only” phenotype, bringing home some clones can be the way to go.
But clones can also create problems. Often described as silent killers, tainted clones can introduce pests and diseases into your grow and bring things screeching to a halt if left unchecked. There are some tips and tricks on how to buy the best clones in LA.
Here are some tips to ensure bad clones don’t make it into your space.
- Find a reputable source for cannabis clones
The most crucial step in finding clean clones is to choose a reputable source. However, determining the actual source of your clone may be difficult. If you live in a medical or adult-use state, you’ll be able to get clones from your local cannabis shop.
Most of the time, these clones come from growers who focus solely on producing clones, but sometimes cuttings will come from a third-party source. When purchasing clones for your home garden, always ask your shop where they came from. If you can’t get a legitimate answer, look for another source.
It’s important to know the origin of your clones because that’s where any problem would originate. Diseases, pests, incorrectly labelled genetics, and unknown pesticide residues are some of the issues with a mystery clone.
Never hesitate to research a dispensary or grow facility you plan to acquire genetics from, and always ask questions about the clones when purchasing.
- Inspect your cannabis clones
Not all pests, diseases, pesticide residues, or genetic markers will be easy to spot with the naked eye, but give your clones a good look before introducing them to your garden. You may be able to identify a problem if you know what to look for.
Look at these things:
A clone’s stem width is a great way to get a sense of its overall health and vigor. Thin and narrow stems typically mean that clone was taken from a weak or less viable branch. These cuttings may be more prone to disease or death and their root systems may take longer to develop.
Be sure to inspect all areas of your clone for the presence of pests. Large pests such as fungus gnats and even spider mites can be spotted relatively easily.
Check under each leaf and also check the soil medium, as some pests only live there. Certain pests can also leave markers—spider mites leave spots and webbing, and other insects can leave trace bite marks.
It’s almost impossible to detect harmful pesticides or fungicides on a clone. Often, these applications leave zero residues and can stay on a plant for the rest of the plant’s life. If you see any suspicious residue on a clone, ask your sales representative about their in-house integrated pest management (IPM) and always err on the side of caution.
Keep these tips in mind next time you’re in the market to pick up some new clones for your garden. Although it’s extra work, these steps can potentially save you a huge headache in the long run and give you the assurance that your grow will be safe from the unknown hazards that may dwell in a malignant cutting.