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Old 05-11-2017, 04:13 AM #11
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I keep mum plants and flower them after her cuttings root.

Micro perpetual, and I keep some males as stud also.

The only line I lost happened as I overdosed the rooted cuttings,
and the mum plant of those cuttings got chopped the same day.

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Not judging anyone but I've always considered moms to be the most important part of the garden. Without them, the garden wouldn't exist, for me. Like StanG said it helps even in smaller gardens. When I started I didn't know anyone else who was doing what I was, it was all on me. There was no dispensary or group of friends to get new ones or save my less used plants for insurance. Often out of 12 moms I would do maybe 2 types at a time (smaller garden). I remember reading OT1s? bonsai mother guide on OG and the idea made perfect sense, a light bulb went off and it's been that way since. To each their own.

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You keep a mother plant around so you can take clones and keep the genetics going. Ever have an amazing plant that you couldn't keep around because you flowered it and didn't take clones? I only take a few rounds of clones before the mother plant gets flowered. New rooted clone = new mother plant. This process can go on for years with very few problems.

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I tried a mother from cc 818 headband and after about 3 cuttings she got really woody little stems that were slow to start, compared to the cuts I make when I lollipop. Should I have scraped the skin or used something beside the gel? they were ok after they got going but took an extra week.
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I you've got a mature plant, and have successfully taken a clone, why not put it into flower, grow that clone, and repeat?

Why bother having 1 (grand)mother plant, when you can do that?

Sorry if that's a dumb question, i'm a new grower
Since you are new and asking questions like this, it tells me you are thinking.. Never be afraid to try something regardless of how unorthodox it may seem.

Your suspicions have paid off in this case, as many growers including myself do not keep mothers, rather, I clone my veg plants just before I throw em into bloom.. Its a rotation.. The clones will be vegged and prepared for bloom and before they go into bloom, cuts are taken from the plants... Voila! No moms . I also take backup clones and store them in the fridge for up to a month, and they will root faster out of the fridge after some time.

Someone will inevitably come in here talking about genetic drift and what not but in the last ten years its never been an issue..
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Old 05-13-2017, 07:20 AM #16
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Not keeping moms is playing with fire.... those who don't haven't learned the hard way yet..... shit happens...
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Its the numbers if you can grow large amounts of plants then its better to take many clones from mom and grow many big plants and let mom grow a bunch more branches to clone again instead of flowering one mom at a time and risking the death of the small new clone mom. Also the smaller clone will give less clones so for small gardens its ideal to flower the biger plant and keep the smaller one as a mom for next time
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Not keeping moms is playing with fire.... those who don't haven't learned the hard way yet..... shit happens...
Mom's are not immune to pathogens and diseases, so let's not present a sense of "false security". Keeping a genetic line alive is not rocket science....just saying.
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Not keeping moms is playing with fire.... those who don't haven't learned the hard way yet..... shit happens...
You don't know what you are talking about, that is only something a novice greenthumb would worry about.

There is no point in keeping moms when you are pulling cuts from your veg plants.

I've done it that way for 10 years without a problem.

If you are worried about your ability to clone then just take some extra cuts and throw em in the fridge.

I'm a master grower, I'm well past worrying about whether I can successfully root cuttings.. it's not even a thought..

I don't see what u mean by playing with fire, care to explain?
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Mom's are not immune to pathogens and diseases, so let's not present a sense of "false security". Keeping a genetic line alive is not rocket science....just saying.
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