Seeds vs Clones (pros & cons)
So you have made the decision that you are going to grow your own cannabis plants. I have made this page, seeds vs clones, to help you decide whether you want to begin to raise your plants by germinating cannabis seeds or using clones. There are two methods to choose from when starting a plant’s life, each of these methods has its pros and cons, choosing the right one can make a big difference to the final outcome. I have provided some information below that can help you make a good decision as to whether it would suit you best to begin growing from cannabis seeds or clones.
A clone is a small plant. When beginning your grow with clones you have a small head start. This allows you to get into the flowering stage slightly faster resulting in a quicker harvest. Clones that are taken from a mother plant are genetically identical, this means that when using numerous clones it is easy to fill out to the growing space evenly resulting in an efficient grow. Taking clones allows a grower to keep their ideal genetics(smell, growth pattern and rooting quality etc). When choosing seeds vs clones, remember that you can put a rooted clone straight into the flowering stage without any vegetative growth. One small plant however, will not reach its maximum potential yield whereas multiple plants will optimise potential yield.
Clones can be hard to get hold of for the inexperienced first time grower. Buying clones from another grower should be avoided if you are trying to keep your plants a secret. Clones that have come from another grow room could be carrying unwanted bugs and disease, this would cause you a lot of trouble and make the process a lot harder than it is. Clones can be very sensitive to HID lights when transferred from a fluorescent cloning lamp, if clones do not adapt well to the new light growth will be stunted or even worse they could die. Although a grower can put a rooted clones straight into flowering without any vegetative growth they would have to use a very high number of small plants to maximise the potential of the space they have, doing this can be very inconvenient in a bad situation. Taking your own clones means having to use a seperate room for a mother plant and a place for the clones to root. Clones can fail to root easily if the environment is not right.
Buying seeds from a reputable seed bank such as Sensi Seeds means that you will not have to come into contact with any other marijuana grower to obtain them, this is good for a person who is trying to keep their garden a secret. When buying seeds there is an option for feminised only, this is a bonus to most growers as it’s unlikely that anyone is interested in male plants. You are also given information on what that particular strain is capable of in terms of yield, THC content, and flowering time. The seeds are highly likely to evolve into very healthy plants free of disease and unwanted pests. Using seeds is helpful to anyone who is intending on growing multiple strains as there are thousands of strains to choose from available on the seed market.
Seeds can often take slightly longer to become complete than an already rooted clone as there is a small amount of time that the grower has to spend on germinating the seeds and getting them established as strong healthy plants before they can be considered to go into the flowering stage. There is a small possibility that a seed will fail to germinate, although it’s very rare that this happens it is worth taking into account. It might be a good idea to germinate a spear throw away seed just to be on the safe side. Its worth taking all these factors into account when on the subject of seeds vs clones.