Growing up, I was staunchly against cannabis and cannabis culture. I come from a place where cowboy hats and cartels were a plenty, also meaning any...ahem...unapproved substance was probably deadly, regardless of the item's own toxicity levels.

But I'm better now, more accepting. Even back then, I always found the plants themselves fascinating. I remember photos of beautiful plants taking up that one stoner's MySpace background, with purple buds and glistening terpene crystals under the professional lighting. Cannabis plants were always beautiful and curious to me.

I also remember a contemporary's countless attempts to grow marijuana in his closet back before I moved here to Denver. He'd adjust the lighting, the soil, the humidity, to no success. But I can't remember much else about his process. And I definitely don't remember seeing any glisten or natural coloration.

But I tend to get ahead of myself. I'm more accepting but I'm still not much of a consumer, still most intrigued by the mystery that is cannabis cultivation. But we must start somewhere, and in this post, before I get in too over my head, let's talk about whether to start with seeds or clones because I've been down some rabbit trails and I'd like to share my findings with anyone else who wants to get into the art form.

How Should a Beginner Cannabis Grower Start?

In the first place, you're best off with good lighting, fresh air [CO2 (not oxygen) to ambient air], and soil with a great profile. I know...obvious. But I don't remember those things being considered too seriously by my old friend, the amateur hometown grower. But it's important to note because it speaks to the biggest difference between clones and seeds as starting points.

Clones are Fragile

You're dealing with acarbon copy of a mother plant here. And with a little beginner's luck, you can start yielding results faster than seeds. That also means every flaw or quality of that plant is coming to the grow with you. That also means the whole light-air-soil situation gets way more complicated. Ask yourself a few questions when deciding on a clone:

Do I "know" the mother? Or the grower of the mother for that matter?

What are the special needs of this mother plant?

Has the mother plant been quarantined from others?

Already, it's feeling overwhelming and complicated. So, the biggest question is: Is the mother plant special enough to make these extra hoops worth it, just to get the exact same traits?

Bottom line is: it's difficult to find a good mother, trust someone to cut the clone for you (it's rare they'll let you do it), nurture and rejuvenate the plant after travel, and many times, even be sure you'll get everything you were looking for since the process is not very transparent for us end-users.

Seeds, Naturally

I get it. It’s a leap of faith to bury your seed in the soil, then just...wait. But hear me out: seeds are the purest way to growwhat you want to grow. A little patience on your part gives you much more control over the health and yield of the plant. Because, yes, seeds do take longer to grow. But nowadays, the seed game has leveled up. You can get something to sprout within a month if the conditions allow.

There are lots of big draws for seeds here, the first of which is you get to be part of the entire lifecycle. If the mother plant you cut a clone from is eight months old, then so is your clone. So, if you weigh that against the average lifespan of a cannabis plant (about a year), your clone's probably past its prime and anything after four months is borrowed time.

Since you're new to this, I'll ask outright: do you know what a taproot is? It's like the spinal cord of a root system, and each seed can only grow one. That means clones don't have them because the mother already grew one. In turn, that means your seed has much better odds for success than your clones.

The Trimmed Version

Seeds are winning by a huge margin, but I'm feeling overwhelmed -- if the seeds or clones question requires this much thought, how much more is there to this process? Check back often for more info on home cultivation topics that could sprout from this introductory article.

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Quick Fact

Curing Cannabis Plants- This very gradual drying process involves moderate humidity and mild temperatures, preserving the dimensionality of cannabis plants and the consumption experience. The better and more gradual the curing process, the more sophisticated a grower's yields become, including preserved aromas, flavors, and potency.