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GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR NEW CLONES:
- Always quarantine your new clones for at least a week before it joins your tribe. It has been in a public space (if you bought it from a dispensary) and people have been in that store from their gardens. Make sure you spray using organics to keep you and your cannabis healthy.
- Your new clone is probably hungry & ready to be transplanted. Check the roots but if they are abundant around the edges of the dirt it is time. If you don’t see any roots yet when you gently pull the clone out, it may have been recently transplanted. Wait for roots to show around the edges before transplanting.
- It has been being a fed a light or minimal diet of nutrients while at the dispensary or grow. When you start watering the clones with nutrients, start slow. Use the minimum suggested amounts for clones for whatever nutrient system you’re using.
- Don’t overwater your plants. Soil should be mostly dry before you watering. Water thoroughly when you do and make sure the water can drain each time.
- Don’t burn or stress your new clones with too much light or heat. Read below for suggested temps & light distances.
- Give it the correct amount of light daily. How much light versus lights off time your plant gets is important. It tells your plant to grow or start turning into flower. For the first weeks you have your plant you will want to give more light the darkness so it grows. Once you are ready to flower your plant (have it start growing the flower which is the part you smoke) you will put the plant into more darkness. Different strains take different amounts of time to grow and how long you want to veg (let your plant grow before flowering) varies by grower. Google & read to learn specifics for your strain or setup or give us a call for help.
- Remember to enjoy the process of growing. You are a new parent. Take too many baby pics and tag us because we love to see the babies grow up @ZeusClones on Instagram or up
FOR OUTDOOR GROWING:
If you are growing outside, it’s a good idea to wait a few weeks longer than you normally would to put clones outdoors. In the earlier part of spring, daylight hours are still short, and clones are far more susceptible to think its harvest time (fall) which will cause them to flower (start finishing and stop growing bigger).
Temperature is also critical. You want at least 72°F for your daytime temp. At night, a drop down to 65°F is about as far as you want, as the plants are still fragile. Wait until you are sure temperatures will not drop below the suggested temps to plant outside.
FOR INDOOR GROWING:
Clones cannot handle strong light right away. Imagine yourself in the winter heading to Hawaii pale as snow and getting a sunburn if you run out and stay in the sun too long. Your clones need to build a tan too before getting blasted with lighting.
If you have stronger lights like HPS (high-pressure sodium) or metal halide, 30 inches is a good starting point. For CFL’s 8-12 inches is safe (as long as the bulb isn’t very strong). LED’s can be really strong on new plants so use a CFL until the clones are ready to join the group.
The temperature should stay between 72°F – 76°F. Your lights will put off a certain amount of heat, so ensure that’s accounted for and you have proper ventilation.
FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR:
Start clones on a 18-hour light cycle. A 24-hour cycle can be started after about 2-3 weeks depending on preference. Read more about suggested veg times for your strain to decide what works for you, your setup and the desired results.
Moisture is very important. Early on, clones should receive both root and foliar feeding (feeding the plant by spraying it’s leaves). Proper moisture ensures the best results.
This is not essential but will get you the best yields off your plant. Each plant has slightly different grow methods and needs. Some plants like to stretch (grow towards the light) which can cause lots of empty space between nodes (each group of leaves on your plant).
There are many methods for training your new plant. Read about the different methods to see what works best for you. (Google: Cannabis plant training)
Different strains have different grow times. Our strain list (found on our home page) has the grow times listed for each strain. This will vary slightly from grow to grow so make sure to learn how to tell when they are ready to harvest. One of the easiest ways is to keep an eye on the trichomes as you get close to the suggested harvest time.
Most strains are 8-9 week or 60 days but there are many early finishing strains that are done by 55 days and longer strains that are done in 70.
Sativas typically take longer to grow than Indicas (but not always).
For the best quality cannabis learn about curing. This is an essential step where you are drying the flower and getting all of the moisture out so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
If you don’t cure your cannabis correctly you will end up with icky tasting cannabis and worse, mold or other issues. Terpenes are what make your cannabis taste good and without proper curing, these will be lost. (Google: How to cure cannabis)
Thanks from our family to yours. We are excited that you are growing and keep us posted with updates of your journey via our Instagram page.