These clones were taken from my Mandarin Hayes plant which was four weeks into flower in a technique known as “Monster Cropping.” The benefit of the technique is that it creates naturally branchy plants with lots of offshoots. The clones are taken at the end of Week 4 of flower, and the clippings I take are any buds that don’t look like they’ll either make the canopy, or ones that will be insubstantial final buds. The process of cloning while reverting the clone back to the vegetative light cycle has a noticeable effect on the final plant. While the genetics will be identical to the plant in which the clone wasn’t taken, the plant will require significantly less training to get to a flat bushy plant. I monster cropped clones last year and the resulting plants were “Monsterous” compared to their mothers, so am I greatly anticipating filling my 5x5 with 4 of the finest cuts from this cloning run.