Many growers propagate seedlings in-house to ensure that they are planted at the optimal time. This is important for sensitive plants like cannabis, as even minor stress can stunt their growth. If you have the expertise and resources to provide seedlings with the best possible care, and know that they will be well-tended from start to finish, propagating in-house is a great option. However, there are expert nursery operations that can provide a high-quality product. If you do decide to outsource propagation, carefully select a nursery that shares your commitment to quality and consistency.
On Clones from Commercial Nurseries
One advantage of outsourcing propagation is that it can free up space and resources in the cultivation facility. Additionally, nurseries that specialize in propagation may have access to superior genetics and mother plants. However, outsourcing propagation also introduces the risk of pest and plant disease transmission.
To mitigate this risk, it is important to carefully select a nursery. When evaluating a nursery, it is important to visit the facility and inspect the mother plants. The plants should appear healthy and free of pests. The nursery should also have a rigorous pest and disease mitigation program in place.
Another important factor to consider is whether the nursery brings in clones from other nurseries to fill orders. If they do, this increases the risk of pest and disease transmission. The nursery should be able to provide clear and transparent answers to questions about their sourcing practices.
Finally, it is important to get grower references from the nursery. This will give you an opportunity to speak with other growers who have worked with the nursery and get their feedback.