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Top 11 Hydroponics Motherplants Bigger Harvests Tips

Hydroponics, moms & flowers go together well! Hydroponics, moms & flowers go together well!

Unless you’re able to buy rooted clones from a medical dispensary or other reliable source, hydroponics motherplants are essential if cloning is the way you get new plants into your hydroponics garden. Here are the important things you need to know so you choose and maintain the best motherplants:

1)     Motherplants grown from seed produce stronger hydroponics clones for longer (as compared to motherplants grown from clones).

2)     It’s a bit of a hassle, but it’s best to monitor potential motherplants from the time they’re germinated or cloned all the way through at least one harvest, dry & cure cycle. You do this because the only way to really know if these are the hydroponics plants you want as motherplants is to sample the dried and cured harvest. So how do you regrow a harvested plant? See #5 below…

3)     After you’ve monitored a start to finish season, and sampled your harvest, look at all your data on the plants. You’re looking for the ones that grew the fastest, matured the earliest, produced the largest, most potent hydroponics flowers  that fit your maximum yield and enjoyment profile. Select as motherplants the ones that absolutely outperformed the other females grown at the same time.

4)     Size up the space you have for your motherplants. They’ll be larger than your other plants. Properly trimmed motherplants are usually large-diameter or otherwise pretty wide; each one can take up 40 square feet or more and they require consistent 18-hour days of MH or a powerful LED panel like the Stealth Grow. You don’t want to skimp on the environmental factors your hydroponics motherplants grow in. Light, water, climate control and space should be at ideal levels so your mothers store lots of strength and energy that will serve you well at cloning time.

5)     Here’s how you harvest a plant without completely killing it…so you can rejuvenate it. Before harvest, and based on what you’ve observed of them all along, choose the plants that could work as mothers. When you harvest them, you leave 20% of the lower branches and leaves. Then you reduce the amount of water you give them, put them back on grow phase nutrients, and stick them under 18 hours of grow phase light. In a few days or weeks, they’ll kick themselves back into grow phase. Before then, you’ll have tasted what you harvested from them, and you’ll know if you want to keep them as mothers or not. If not, you cut them to the ground. The flowers you left on when you harvested the first time will still be potent.

6)     Trim and thin your hydroponics motherplants as they rejuvenate. You want several strong main branches that produce several side shoots each. You don’t want an impossibly bushy plant with leaves and shoots so dense that aeration is impossible inside the plant canopy.

7)     Grow your motherplants in their own perpetual veg chamber. Feed them high quality nutrients, light and water. It’s best not to try to grow them in the same room with younger grow phase crops. Every four months, check the size of the root ball to ensure your motherplant isn’t rootbound. If you have to transplant to a larger container, wait at least two weeks after that before you take cuttings (transplanting is a stressor that can affect the vigor of your hydroponics cuttings).

8)     Only add C02 to your mother room chamber if you want faster growth. Be aware that this could backfire on you if your mothers grow too fast or busy, requiring more trimming to keep them manageable.

9)     Do not take cuttings from the very top of your hydroponics motherplant, or from the very bottom. Instead, take cuttings from the most vigorous shoots on the tips of stems located on middle third of the plant. If you pay close attention to your plants, you’ll see that this section is usually the one with the fastest growing shoots. These shoots have a lot of vigor and nutrients onboard, which leads to a higher success rate for your clones.

10) If you take more than a handful of clones from your motherplant, give the plant at least three weeks to recover before you take more cuttings. Give the motherplant a dose of organic hydroponics Vitamin B hydroponics formula after each cutting session.

11) Hydroponics motherplant genetics will weaken. Cloning your motherplant to produce another motherplant is popular, but it doesn’t give you the most vigorous cuttings. I highly recommend that you import new genetics via seed into your hydroponics garden. Use them to breed with cherished motherplants that are more than 12 months old. Then start all over again with the motherplant selection process. Not only will you ensure the most vigorous mothers, but you'll get to upgrade your genetics and bring new qualities to your flowers.

Hydroponics motherplants secrets just for you


There are many other tidbits of information we can share with each other so we get the most out of hydroponics motherplants and cloning, and you’ll get that information here in later articles. For now, recognize that hydroponics motherplants are a way for you to maintain your favorite females and produce cuttings. Combined with new genetics from seed-grown crops, motherplants are an integral part of a successful, high-yielding hydroponics strategy.

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