When Growing Marijuana Mother Plants for Cloning, It is necessary to determine the sex of the plant and find which ones produce the best buds.
Sexing Mother Plants
Once you have done this you will want to have clones of that plant already in vegetative growth, which you can use as your Mother Plant. Mothers produce clones which are cut from branch tips. These cuttings are placed in a solution and a growing medium and then rooted. Strong, Healthy Mother plants are the secret to any Grow Room. This insures you will always have females to produce big healthy buds.
Choosing Mother Plants
The best thing about marijuana plants is that any female can be turned into a mother plant. Choosing mothers can be done when starting from seed or by taking a clone from a clone. I always choose the short, bushy plants to be my mothers for clones as they tend to grow more branches than tall, skinny plants do. Always choose mothers from plants that have a high calyx-to-leaf ratio, which allows for more clones to be taken off of each branch. Its very important to know what strain you are working with when growing marijuana mother plants, as you will need to know the average life span of that specific strain, if not, you will end up growing your mother plants too long which will result in weak clones.
Lighting for Mother Plants
Growing Marijuana Mother Plants requires the proper lighting, or else you will end up giving them too much light causing burn, over growth, and nutrient deficiencies. On the other hand, not giving your mother plants enough light will result in weak, skinny branches that create weak clones. I personally have found a method for using grow lights to grow my mother plants that works perfectly. I take my rooted clones from the clone machine that have been under fluorescent lights and transfer them to grow buckets with hydroton rocks, this is the best way to grow mother plants for cloning.