There are many benefits to auto-flowering strains, including the fact that they are very fast and produce high yields. Plus, many auto-flowering strains have high THC content.
However, one of the main disadvantages of auto-flowering strains is that they are not very receptive to cloning.
Come with us as we explore the ins and outs of auto-flowering strains and why they aren’t great for cloning.
Because auto-flowering strains don’t work on a specific flowering timeline, it isn’t possible for us to manipulate them. When it comes to cloning, you must be able to cut a particular branch off of the mother plant and dip it into a rooting solution.
Once dipped, the clone will begin developing roots and eventually turn into a large plant.
The growth process takes a bit of time, however. A photoperiod strain only begins to develop when it gets 12 hours of darkness, similar to when it is in the wild. When it comes to autoflowering strains, they flower automatically. Even if you are giving the strain 24 hours of light, it will begin flowering.
Now, imagine you take a cutting from that plant. You then take that cutting and dip it into the rooting solution.
Well, because it performs exactly as the mother does, it will start flowering before it has any time to grow. Essentially, all you’ll have is a tiny plant that was not able to develop proper roots. When it comes to autoflowering strains, you really have to consider timing over everything else. Trying to clone an autoflowering plant will just leave you with stunted plants.
If you’re planning on cloning your plants, it is best to use a photoperiod strain. You will need to give it 5-6 months to complete its cycle, which while longer than auto flowering strains, will allow you to continue cloning.
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