So... probably 6 weeks back, I did my cloning. I'm a dirt guy... but I've noticed the fine soil mix I've been using for years has started taking a little longer to soak up the water. This last run... I had my little dirt packs filled and soaking in a tray of b1 water overnight. Next day I get ready to start cloning and I notice I've still got some air pockets in the soil. Never a good thing... but I'm in a rush, got things to do around the property, fix the kids car, etc. so I figure I'll clone plenty extra and re-soak as I prop the clones. I should have just given the dirt another day to soak.
Anyway... out of 24 clones taken, I generally keep 12. Keeps me safely under the WA. MMJ 15 count. I gave 'em 3 weeks before I tried to transplant to my 1 gal. flower pots. At that point... there were 11 clones that were still looking good and strong. Of those, only 3 actually had any roots showing. All the others I checked, didn't have a single root showing... many I pulled the dirt apart and they hadn't even tried to sprout a root. Damn the air pockets in my dirt and my rushing things when I knew better.
So... 3 weeks later now. I've got 2 Master Kush's growing in veg, right where they should be. I've got 2 Bubba Kush's doing good with 1 about 1 week behind in growth and the second just starting to grow. I've got 1 Northern Lights that's closer to 2 weeks behind in growth, but finally taking... thank god (@ $200 for 10 seeds).
My real concern here is my 6 White Widows. They've never been "easy" to work with, but this run I'm afraid of having to re-veg one or loosing the strain. These are my personal favs and have been the strongest strain I've been able to come by in the last 8 years (I don't get out much). They are looking good but not showing any real signs of growth... not a bit.
The dirt has been wet with b1 water but honestly, it's the spray feeding that's keeping them alive so far. Been playing that dance, trying to keep 'em alive with leaf feeding but not giving them so much that they won't try to sprout feet. I'm just curious... they are obviously struggling along but I'm wondering, how long can I keep nursing these babies before they start to find "their feet" or give up the struggle and die?
For whatever it's worth... I'm no noobie. Been doing this little dirt dance for years now and generally have a 98%+ survival rate with my methods, passed down to me by my pops and some of his old hippy friends. I've had clones in b1 water last two weeks in the fridge and still take when planted. I've saved my share before and I'm trying too again... but I'm starting to get nervous now.
note to self and anyone else listening... when cloning with dirt, watch out for those damn air pockets. If the soils not ready... it's better to wait or prep earlier than to rush and take the risk. I hate it when I know better and do it anyway. That's what happens when you think you've got it down and start taking stuff for granted.
Edited by BikerPepe, 06 January 2015 - 02:40 PM.