The best way to germinate cannabis seeds and clone cannabis plants starts with having the right supplies. Sprouts, seedlings, and clones are sensitive and will benefit from the right conditions and climate. We recommend germination media (rooting pellets), seedling pots, a humidity dome, and rooting hormones as basic equipment. If you want to improve your germination and cloning times and success rates, we also recommend a Seedling Heat Mat and Controller. None of these products are very expensive. They are one-time purchases that will make germinating cannabis seeds or cloning cannabis plants fast and easy for many grows.
The seedling stage is one of the most critical, and oftentimes challenging, stages of growth for home growers. The first step to successfully managing the seedling stage is ensuring that you have the proper supplies. Here, we offer a condensed list of products needed to germinate cannabis seeds and care for young seedlings. Many of these products can also be used in cloning practices. Please see our seedling tutorials for more information on germination protocols and how to care for seedlings in coco coir.
Humidity Dome with Light
A humidity dome helps to create the ideal climate to grow sprouts, seedlings and clones. It is best to keep the humidity relatively high during the seedling stage. Having a dome like this also allows you to start one grow in the dome while the previous grow is still finishing up in the tent!
Super Sprouter Deluxe Propagation Kit
Seedling & Clone Heating Mat
Waterproof Seedling Heat Mat
Heat Mat Controller
Germination media is very helpful to give plants an easier experience for the first few days. It provides a good buffered media for the plants to start their lives.
Seedlings do best when they are started in small containers. This is true for both Autoflowers and Photo-period plants. To get the best growth you should always keep the plant in an appropriately sized container.
Fabric Nursery Bags
How do you carefully apply water to plants in tiny containers? This is a problem that most new growers don't realize they have to solve until they get ready to water for the first time! In my opinion, the best tool for this particular job is a catheter syringe.
One of the cool properties of cannabis plants is our ability to clone them. Vegetative propagation allow us to maintain our favorite cultivars and can be a central aspect to a grow operation. If you are interested in cloning, check out our cloning tutorial! Here, we offer a condensed list of the products that we recommend for cloning cannabis plants in addition to the products listed in the Germination section above.
Rooting hormones encourage cuttings to produce roots. It is possible to clone without supplemental rooting hormones, but to increase speed and reliability we recommend using the "double dip" method with both rooting gel and rooting powder.
Clonex Rooting Gel
Cloning is not the only time that you will use these snips!
Fiskars Non-Stick Softgrip Microtip Pruning Snips
This is another product that you may already have. However, pH is important for clones, so if you don't have a way to measure and adjust you will need to get one!
Apera Instruments pH20
pH Control Kit
You need to have a way to adjust the pH of your water and your nutrient solution. We recommend that you use products engineered for this task because they allow significant pH adjustment with very low doses and have minor impact on the EC of the nutrient solution.
General Hydroponics pH Control Kit
Plant sprayers are used to provide foliar treatments or to raise the relative humidity for seedlings and clones.
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