Cloning in the plant world is a neat process that is almost exactly as it sounds.  Only instead of requiring some otherworldly futuristic technology and a scientist in a lab to execute the procedure, cloning a plant is something you can do at home with little more than a knife and some water.  It’s also just about the only thing that you can clone without being harassed for the unethical treatment of a living specimen.

A clone is a cutting from a mature plant that can be replanted and raised to full maturity as a genetic replica of its mother plant.  This can have great advantages in the case of overall plant vitality as a plant grown from a clone will have the same resistances to bugs and fungi as the mother.  In that same regard, if you clone a plant with a deficiency or pest problem those can also be carried over to the new plant.  Other than genetics there is also the added benefit of sooner yields as the clone is already much further on its way to producing fruit than a seed would be, but the risks are high.  There is a large amount of stress on a fresh cutting which causes the plant to go into a transition stage where the plant is extra sensitive until the roots take hold.  During this time the cutting must get the right amount of nutrients, sunlight and water as appropriate to its size and the nature of its specific species or it will die.

Cloning can take a bit of extra work but it can be very rewarding.  A lot of people regard cloning as a bit of an art due to the fragility of the process which makes it that much more rewarding when you find success, that and tomatoes.  Need I say more?  Next week we’ll break down the process for you step by step and provide other resources on our facebook page to help you triumph with plant cloning.

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