The purpose of Mother plants or MILC’s (mothers I’d like to clone) is to produce offspring daughters or clones â that will grow up genetically identical to their superior prototypes if grown under proper conditions. This can be accomplished in an aeroponic system or any choice medium of the grower’s preference.
Once cut from the MILC, the clones will develop roots over a period of time, during which they use energy â like water and carbohydrates â stored in their stems and leaves. To optimize these levels, the MILCâs overall health must be ideal to expedite the clonesâ rooting time and recuperation.
Because MILC’s must stay in a constant vegetative state give them at least 18 hours of light a day to prevent blooming their nutritional needs vary from fruiting plants. In general, feed your MILC’s quality, well-balanced nutrients and donât be afraid to mix up their diet, but always do your research first or you may regret an investment and hurt a mother plant.
Here, we detail some aspects of the Mother’s health and offer some tips as well:
B Vitamin Supplements -This essential nutrient relieves stress while promoting growth and the recovery process. The baby clones become stressed for obvious reasons â the initial shock from being cut, temperature changes, drought or any environmental factor they dislike â and in turn, need B vitamin nourishment. So, for both the mother and in the cloning medium, this will help the plants ward off stress and consume the available nutrients.
Extra Carbohydrates - Baby clonesâ ability to produce carbohydrates after being cut from their MILC diminishes dramatically, and they use stored carbs to create energy to produce roots. The more carbs the stems retain, the faster theyâll root and the higher their chances are to survive and thrive. Just like in humans, carbohydrates break down to sugars, becoming energy for the plant to grow. On top of that, carbs feed beneficial bacteria you may be using to aid with plant growth.
Fulvic and Humic Acid - Found naturally in fertile soil, fulvic acid â sometimes referred to as the âmiracle moleculeâ â is a byproduct of humic acid and significantly encourages nutrient absorption while increasing the plantsâ water storage capacity. It should be added to a nutrient solution â and only used on established plants â to increase their resistance to stress and overall health and strength.
Enzymes – Ideally, bacteria-free enzymes will benefit your MILC’s the most and keep the growing mediums clean. They also help break down old root mass and stimulate new growth.
Trichoderma or Funganic Powder – This beneficial soil fungus should be used when transplanting and be applied to the soil in which youâll place the plant. This will promote faster growth, and increase disease control and drought resistance.
This is a huge, growing industry with plenty of excellent companies that produce high-quality nutrients and growing products. So, do your homework, get as much information from as many sources as possible, and ultimately, use what works best for you and your plants.