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Grafting Cannabis

A practice that has long been used, but only recently became popular, is the art of grafting cannabis. Say you want to have multiple mother plants from which to take clones, but you only have the space for one or two mother plants. There is a way to have up to five separate strains on one mother plant and be able to take cuttings from them all.

As with clones, you will need to make sure that your mother plants are in vegetation. First, select a mother plant that will be your “base” mother. In other words, choose a mother on which you want to graft multiple strains to. For an example, we will call our base mother Purple Urkle. Next, choose a lower or middle branch that is thick enough to make a splice in and still have two decent sized edges. Cut off that branch, leaving at least 2 inches of space from the main stem of the mother. You may clone the branch you cut off as you normally would, or simply toss it. After you’ve done this, cut a “v” or a splice in the cut end of the cola (branch) you just cut. Now you’re ready to take a cutting from another plant – let’s say Girl Scout Cookies – as you normally would a clone. After you do this, chisel each end down so it comes to an opposite-shaped “v” that will fit into the splice you cut into “Purple Urkle.” Place the “Girl Scout Cookies” in the spliced end of the “PU.” You can repeat this with as many strains as the bottom of your base mother will allow.

Next, wrap cheesecloth (even athletic or medical tape will work) around the new cola and get out a plastic Zip-Loc and spray the inside of it with clean water. Cut 3 or 4 slits in the bag with a knife and place the bag over the area where you performed the graft. When the leaves start to perk up a little and press upward against the bag, then you may take off the bag for 3 or 4 hours one day. The next day, take the bag off for half the day. After this, the cutting should have taken and you should be able to leave the bag off completely.

Veg for another few days, and you should be ready to take cuttings. You may also want to choose strain that have similar flowering times, if you wish to flower the mother eventually.

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Guest | Feb 22, 2013
 
any recommendations for root stock (mother) which are particularly hardy or fast growing and establish good root systems? or strains to graft to the mother plant which produce quickly or have good yields with smaller branches?
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Guest | Feb 22, 2013
 
do other types of cuts work for grafting? any experience with better turn outs? how about grafting two cuttings to the stock. one on each side like when scion grafting fruit trees? plz email suzzeeb@live.com if any one has experience
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Guest | Oct 30, 2012
 
would any genetics from the cuttings pass on to the base mother or vice versa and does this inflict any stress on the plant i would like to lst and top some of my plants this year and dont think the extra stress would be good
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Guest | Oct 13, 2012
 
It's always good to see people excited about learning =) 1 point some might of missed here, there could be v.good reason to grow a sativa on a indica base/root mother, if your grow space is small. They've been doing it with fruit trees for decades, once only large gardens could cope with a fruit tree, now we can grow them on a balcony (search root stock), added with branch grafting we can get smaller plant with multipe varieties in the same tiny area.
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Guest | May 25, 2012
 
I dig it. the thought of Mamas being like one big mothership. means another light we can use in the flower room.Blueberry, Blue Dream, Purple Pete, & LemonTrainwreck Hash Plant, be nice to cross indica&sativa saturday night special!
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Guest | May 25, 2012
 
I dig it. the thought of Mamas being like one big mothership. means another light we can use in the flower room.Blueberry, Blue Dream, Purple Pete, & LemonTrainwreck Hash Plant, be nice to cross indica&sativa saturday night special!
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UHAUL1000 | May 6, 2012
 
Man sounds so nice.I want to try it but need a bit more time growing
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lindzzz | Mar 2, 2012
 
I see what you mean Canna, it wouldn't grow new pieces, only clippings for you to take. I think I got excited over the possibility. Doesn't the original mother plant make a difference in the outcome of the ones you grafted though? I know it said that you want to pick strains with similar flowering times, so it wouldn't make sense to attach a Sativa to an Indica.
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michael9 | Feb 29, 2012
 
sounds interesting but alot of work.i guess if you had alot of time on your hands...
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lindzzz | Feb 28, 2012
 
This sounds incredible! How amazing to be able to make your own unique strain and join up to five different strains. I wish I knew what the seeds I have were, then I would like to experiment with crossing strains.
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CannaConnoisseur | Feb 28, 2012
 
It's not really making a new strain, because the base mother keeps her genetics. The strains don't become crosses, but rather just stay what they are and are consolidated onto one mother plant.