Q&A with Jorge
Clones by the Number
I’m a second-time grower. The first time I grew only one plant. I’m going to run one 1,000-watt high-pressure sodium (HPS) light this time. What would be the best number of plants to grow? I read the last issue of HIGH TIMES and still have no idea how to clone, and I have just a few killer seeds.
Grow as many plants as possible under the 1,000-watt HPS! Sprout all of your “killer” seeds and any others you might have. Make sure to label all seeds/plants. Grow them until they show signs of sex. About half will be female. Cull out the males. If you started with 50 plants, you should now have 25 plants under the 1,000-watt lamp. Some of the plants will be stronger and take up more room. Other plants will be small and grow slowly. The weak plants will also be susceptible to pests and disease attacks. If you have to cull out any more plants, it should be the weak ones.
Don’t plant only a few seeds. There’s a heavy attrition rate for seeds/seedlings when grown with an inexperienced hand. The more seeds you plant now, the more plants you’ll have to choose from later.
You should also practice cloning when plants are in the vegetative stage. Cloning is quite easy, and the more practice you have, the more likely it will be that all of the clones you take will root quickly and grow into strong, healthy plants. Take a few clones every week from the vegetative plants. Once you know the sex of the plants, you can take only female clones.