One of the first decisions that you will have to make when starting a garden of your own is whether to go the route of purchasing either a clone from another gardener or start the delicate process from the very start. There are different advantages for each method depending on how much experience you have growing, the size of your garden, and simply personal preferences.
I will start with my preferred method which is starting from the beginning with feminized seeds. One of the main reasons people choose to go the other route is because seeds can either be male or female. Seeds that turn out to be male plants will produce no flowers and will pollinate all of your’e existing female plants(If you don’t remove them prior to flowering) making their medicine also unusable. Buying feminized seeds is one way to ensure you can start from the beginning and not be wasting your time. The key reason that I choose to start from the seed is because that means you have complete control over the entire cycle and are not mixing your techniques with the previous grower. This could mean for example that the clone that you purchased is in a different grow medium/mix then what you will be using for the rest of the process. Outside of this problem, most growers agree that establishing good health in the seedling stage and early vegetation stage are key to having your plant run this marathon of a growing process. So to have no control over this time frame is not something that interests me much as a grower.
Even though I made it sound like seeds are the superior way to go, clones most definitely have perks to them that many growers find attractive to their operation. If you are operating a large scale grow operation or are trying to maximize the number of harvest you can get in a given period of time clones will definitely be ideal. When you purchase a clone they are priced based on how far along they are in the growing period as well as the quality of the genetics you are taking a copy of. Regardless, even if it is in the first few weeks of vegetative growth you saved yourself nearly a month in time. It takes almost a week for germination and another week of growth as a seedling before it reaches a foot or so in height. So you most definitely are cutting time out of the harvest cycle. Large operations could benefit because they can simply take cuttings off their other plants and plant them in the ground and get the exact same genetic copy. No money is spent on seeds, time is saved, and you know exactly what to expect out of that plant months in the future. This eliminates the problems of purchasing them from another grower and having different growing techniques. If you currently have a lot of plants growing, it would be foolish to not take advantage of cloning.