Plant Cloning 101 – Mother Plants
A mother plant is specifically grown to provide cuttings for starting new plants i.e. clones.
The cutting will be genetically identical to the mother, which is why you want to choose a mother that is a strong grower with good genetics. In other words, a healthy plant.
Using a fertilizer formulated for the needs of mother plants, like MotherPlant two-part plant nutrient, is important for the successful rooting of clones. A good fertilizer for mother plants is one that limits excess nitrogen and provides the important building blocks for carbohydrate accumulation. The excess nitrogen contained in standard fertilizers results in low carbohydrate reserves and poor rooting of clones.
MotherPlant fertilizer is formulated to strengthen the cell walls of plants, improve water holding capacity and stress tolerance. This results in energized cuttings that are better prepared to generate healthy new roots.
Find MotherPlant nutrients online and in hydro stores across the United States. For the serious grower that wants to successfully clone their favorite strain, or just keep their garden going, this is an important step.
Water your mother plant a few hours before you plan to take cuttings. This ensures that the cuttings will be well nourished and hydrated, preparing them for successful cloning.
Spray Clonex Mist on the chosen donor sights a few days before taking clones. This will help to stimulate root development in your cuttings.
Check out Plant Cloning 101 – Getting Started for information on preparing to take plant cuttings.
Download the Clonex Propagation Guide. It’s full of information on how to take a cutting, how and when to use Clonex and Root Riot products, plus it covers mother plants and transplanting.