Like cannabis clones, Grodan products are uniform and consistent—perfect for making cultivation more predictable. Growing cuttings in trays of stone wool plugs, for example, is a simple way to prevent overcrowding and ensure each plant gets equal water, light, fertilizer and other inputs. That’s especially true if you use techniques like checker-boarding, or staggering stone wool plugs on a diagonal, to provide each plant with plenty of air and light circulating around its leaves and stem.
What’s good for the young cannabis plant is good for the mother, too. With the same design as smaller Grodan Blocks and plugs, future mother plants can easily be transplanted onto larger blocks, like the Big Mama or Uni-Block, when they’re large enough, bolstering the health and longevity of your cannabis genetics lineup over many generations.
It’s especially important to use cannabis growing media that provide great control over irrigation and fertigation inputs because mother plants have unique nutrient requirements to help them maintain their strength and quality over multiple cuttings. Improving cultivation efficiency is also easier with a growing medium that’s compatible with cultivation automation tools that precisely dose each input on a custom schedule. Automation tools, when incorporated with stone wool blocks, cubes and plugs, also give cultivators robust datasets on the health of an individual plant, a broader crop, or a mother room.
While techniques like crop steering and precision irrigation are useful for triggering rooting, vegetative growth and flowering on a cultivator’s schedule and creating predictable results, mother plants need to be kept in the vegetative phase. Cannabis mothers also need help replacing the energy stores lost when their leaves and stems are removed to create clones or tissue cultures.
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