Category: Medical Marijuana
| Posted on Thu, March, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
These days it seems Cannabis growers only talk about using clones. A clone is a cutting from a ‘mother plant’ and according to Wikipedia any organism whose genetic information is identical to that of a parent organism from which it was created . Many medical marijuana dispensaries offer clones for sale as a service to their patients. The advantages would seem obvious, you know what strain it is, what you can expect for yield and strength. And for an indoor grower it shortens the entire cycle by a month or more.
However there are other growers that rarely use clones if at all. The anti-clone argument goes like this: Annual plants like cannabis were never “designed” to be maintained for years and years in order to maintain “clone only” varieties. Because these plants do not live for more than a year in natural conditions, perpetually fighting off environmental stresses, diseases and insects weakens the “vigor” of the genetics. The original plant from seed is capable of yielding more than a cloned offspring- the difference in yield only increases with time.
Cannabis plants grown from seed produce a Tap Root, cloned plants simply cannot-they produce a fibrous root system only. The Tap Root is a survival advantage in nature, as it is in any growing condition. A tap root not only more firmly anchors the plant down for better support, it is capable of driving downward to great depths in search of water and nutrients; an immeasurable advantage when growing outdoor crops in hot and dry conditions.
Indoor growers will tend to use clones more than outdoor growers for those reasons. Another advantage to seeds is a legal and practical one.