Over the years, cannabis clones have been accepted as one of the best options to grow and raise marijuana plants. This option involves making duplicate plants from cutting back mature mother plants. It is, therefore, an excellent way to keep your favorite strains around, which are beneficial to the grower or otherwise very productive. Cloning alone is not enough to guarantee optimum cannabis production. Nowadays, many growers are not only concerned about the rate at which they produce young plants and what are the different clone sizes but also how fast the roots develop after cloning! This has brought in another new concept called rooting hormones. Let’s first define it and then we will learn importance of rooting hormones.
Definition of a rooting hormone
A rooting hormone is typically a mix of plant growth hormones, which play the role of stimulating the plant cutting so it quickly sends out and develops new nodes (later referred to as roots) from a stem node. This hormone can be either synthetic or natural, and they are available as a rooting gel, powder, or liquid form.
There are five plant hormones that are generally considered to be acceptable for plant cloning. These are cytokinins, abscisic acid, gibberellins, ethylene, and auxins. However, when it comes to rooting marijuana cuttings, cytokinins and auxins are vital. In fact, studies from some of the most reliable researches show that most cannabis cutting from mature mother plants will naturally produce their own rooting hormones shortly after cloning.
It is important also to note that some cloned strains are finicky, and so the rooting hormone might yield insignificant effects. Notably, some strains take an extremely long time to develop the rooting system without the use of this hormone. When this is the case, the rooting hormone slows down the production and yields of the entire garden. However, that does not mean that the rooting gel, powder, or liquid does not have any importance in rooting marijuana clones. In fact, it has many more benefits than you thought, and below are just some of them!
1). Speeds up rooting development
As stated in the definition section, this type of plant hormone helps greatly in speeding up the rooting development of new cannabis plants. Despite the fact that most cannabis clone strains often transmit rooting hormones of their own to the wound, it will naturally take some time (longer than expected) to develop roots. Some rooting hormone products are formulated to utilize marijuana hormones and produce bacteria that boost nutrient uptake and help develop strong roots.
2). Accelerates plant growth
The auxin hormone, for instance, is one of the plant rooting hormones that accelerate the overall growth of a given cannabis plant. It achieves this objective by helping the plant focus from producing cells for a green stem to manufacturing cells for robust roots.
3). Ensures roots produced are of high quality
Rooting hormones not only accelerate plant growth through successful plant rooting, but also help in the production of higher quality roots. It typically simplifies the entire task of plant propagating. Higher quality roots mean that the newly developed roots hold strongly into the soil, thereby making vertical gardening possible.
An effective rooting hormone (whether it is gel or powder) is an essential part of successful cannabis cloning if all the conditions are strictly followed to the letter. Since these hormones increase root initiation rate and ward off diseases, their use lays the groundwork for a nonstop supply of healthy clones and more productive marijuana plants.