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  Quote Ganja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 May 2006 at 18:52
Originally posted by dread

are you taking clones during the flowering stage ... I seem to be waiting for a while  to get cuttings that are big enough and id rarher start flowering 

Maybe I'm mis-reading Dread's intention, but I thought he wanted to put the plants into flower ASAP, taking a few cuttings beforehand in order to preserve copies of the flowering individuals.

If a plant is destined to be a mother, then growing it up before taking a serious number of cuttings is a good idea.

If a plant is going to be flowered and propagated with what's sometimes called the "British method" - growing a plant to a decent size, taking cuttings and then flowering the large plant (and repeating this process once the clones have reached a decent size) - then taking clones from smaller plants is normal.

Also, if the aim is to take cuttings and get the seed-plants into flower ASAP, waiting for plants to get bigger will postpone the start of flowering for a number of weeks. There's the extra growing time, plus the recovery time after cuttings are taken to allow new shoots to grow from the internodes.
Cutting soon means that shoots will start their recovery the next day, allowing flowering to start sooner.

I must admit that I'm still a bit unclear on the size of the pictured plant. Comparing the size of the main stem to the branches and new leaves, it could be under 20cm or around 40cm.
If it hasn't yet exceeded 30cm, then hold back on taking cuttings for a short while.

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  Quote dread Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2006 at 09:20

Hi ganga

thanks for all your help ,i think i havent been to clear so here goes

my plan us ive planted seeds and have a number of plants growing ,they are about 50cm tall ,the shoots in the phot are about 70mm tall some now are bigger with a gap  from the first set of leaves to the next.

my plan was to take some cuttings and then put them to flower and when i sex the plants i will know which clones are female

when i
 harvested ill be able to put the clones in to the grow room to flower and therefor dont have to wait for as long for my next harvest also the benefit of knowing all my plants then will be female ,i dont have intentions of holding a mother plant and will just try 2-3 harvests  this year
sorry for the confusion maybe this is clearer
and youre right i do want to put them into flower asap and if i wasnt trying to get clones i would have started already (no smoke)
thanks again
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