-by Robert Degen.
When approaching the subject of marijuana clones, one obvious factor in your endeavor is what strain of marijuana you intend to grow from a clone. A marijuana clone (like any other ‘clone’ which is an identical copy from a source –or in this case a ‘mother’ plant’) is a cutting from a marijuana plant used to expand a nursery without needing to grow a new plant from seed. (1) “Cloning is a way of propagating plants through asexual reproduction of the plant by cutting and rooting a healthy shoot. This creates clones. It is also known as ‘taking a cutting’.“
It may seem complicated, but there’s no need to muddy the issue just by adding the word ‘clone’. You’re still dealing with the marijuana plant itself and subject to all the natural ways it grows and also the many different types or strains of the marijuana plant. It still breaks down to an Indica, a Sativa, (also the lesser known ‘cannabis ruderalis’ which refers to landrace strains or those that grow in the wild) or a hybrid of/between the two. (2) “Cannabis strains are either pure or hybrid varieties of Cannabis, typically of C. sativa and C. indica Ruteralis. Varieties are developed to intensify specific characteristics of the plant, or to differentiate the strain for the purposes of marketing it more effectively as a drug. Variety names are typically chosen by their growers, and often reflect properties of the plant such as taste, color, smell, or the origin of the variety” Hybrids bridge the gap between Sativa and Indica and allow for taking advantage of desirable qualities from both ends of the spectrum. (3) “In addition to pure indica, sativa, and ruderalis varieties, hybrid varieties with varying ratios of these three types are common. For example, the White Widow hybrid containing about 60% indica and 40% sativa ancestry. These hybrid varieties exhibit traits from both parental types.”
As is the case when selecting a strain to consume, desired effect is likely the primary influence in the selection of a specific strain. There are also some strains available ONLY as clones, fittingly referred to as ‘clone-only’ strains. However, these ‘clone-only’ stains can be particularly hard to get a hold of, especially in states with less lenient laws on marijuana. (4) “If you don’t live in a medical marijuana or legalized marijuana state like California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, and you’ve heard of clone-only marijuana strains, it’s a little frustrating because usually you can’t get those clones unless you travel to those states and qualify as a permitted clone buyer under the state’s marijuana regulations.” Even if you can find a source for purchasing a clone-only strain -depending on the rarity and popularity of a certain strain- it may well cost a pretty penny to bring it in to your nursery. (5) “A single, legit commercial clone of a top-shelf, clone-only strain like Girl Scout Cookies or Cherry Pie can sell for as much as $140. But ultra-elite cuts shared in the top ranks of marijuana breeders and clone developers can sell for thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars each! Why so expensive? Unlike cannabis seeds, every clone from a premium marijuana plant is guaranteed to be a female cut from a unique motherplant.“
And as with any purchase, it’s very much buyer beware. Unless you’re dealing with an established shop or dispensary (many shops and dispensaries are now offering cuttings/clones as a service to their patrons… ask your budtender!), not only the question of quality and price must be considered... but also (unfortunately) the question of legitimacy. Beyond a visual checklist (several resources can be found online to guide you through the clone buying process like www.marijuanaclonesforsale.com) to double check that you’re purchasing a healthy plant, you’re at the mercy of the seller with regard to whether the strain you desire is truly represented by the little potted cutting you just bought. (6) “When you are looking for clones for sale in Colorado, California, or Michigan, there is no way to know for sure if the clone the person is selling you is really the strain they claim. Unless you are dealing with someone that is deperate for money people are usually honest about what strain they are selling”