Q&A with Jorge
Is it possible to take cuttings from a flowering plant, force it back into vegetative growth and use it as a mother? Will roots form? Should I clip off the flowers to prevent rot? Would the process resemble the regeneration of a flowering plant?
Yes, but why would you clone a flowering plant? First off, the root system is generally impaired, because the clone will be stressing out trying to grow roots without enough green leaves to promote photosynthesis. Second, it will be reverting back to an earlier vegetative-growth stage and won’t be prone to growing fast. Damping-off and rot often become serious problems.
Your goal is to grow a mother plant from a crop you are about to harvest. Go ahead and harvest the crop as you normally would, but keep a few lower branches that still have leaves and a few small buds on them. Snip off all the big buds and let a few small ones remain where the leaves are. Grow several of these favorite plants under 18 to 24 hours of light. They will revert back to vegetative growth in four to six weeks. First leaves with one blade will appear, then with three blades, then five; soon, new shoots and branches will grow. This is the time to take your clones—from the new branches that are clearly in vegetative growth.