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Technically, you can. Obviously, they'll be the same age as the mother, so it would appear to be a pointless activity.
I'll be planting some in small containers at a dense spacing, so I will most likely be removing lower branches. IF there is any room (with luck there won't be ), I might stick several of them into a small rectangular pot I have. Assuming that they all root and grow...
...they'll probably only produce a gram or three each. But if I have five, that's five to 15 grams - produced from "waste."
If there isn't room, I'll probably still root one as a curiosity. But that won't add to my knowledge, because it'll just be somewhere in the house, cold and terribly under-illuminated (so I wouldn't expect it to produce in any event).
I do find myself wondering... if one of those lower branches were stuck into a large - deep - container of soil mix, after it roots, would the plant become larger than expected because the roots will be able to grow downwards, at least for a time, before meeting the obstruction of the bottom of the pot? Following generally accepted belief, no, because it'd already be on its way to the end by the time that the branch formed in the first place and then had time to root. However... I would not care to bet one way or the other.
I've been sort of ambivalent (which looks much better in print than wishy-washy, I suppose) about bothering with a journal or even posting pictures at this time. But I seem to be heading in that direction. Tomorrow - meaning whenever I get up, since it's already far closer to dawn than the past midnight :icon_roll - I'll upload and post a picture of the Train Wreck Auto still in its cup. I'll do the same for the White Widow Auto, too. That's assuming that I remember, of course. And I hope I do, lol, because if I forget, I doubt I'll remember to transplant them.
The possibility exists... that I could benefit from a little <NUDGE> if/when I forget. I've considered myself to be lazy. But I don't know. Maybe that's not it? When I begin Howevera thing, I tend to keep at it regradless of sweat, pain (, blood, tears ), or lack of visible progress. It's just "getting around to it." Managing to begin. <SHRUGS> Seems like a thing with depression, one spends an awful lot of time just sitting - or, worse, laying - around staring at nothing. Like... IDK, like falling down a well and not knowing how to climb out. Even the ground just seems so far out of reach. I spend a lot of time ignoring all that crap (translation: telling myself that I'm ignoring it), but sometimes - like now - in the wee hours, I realize that I am greatly affected, nonetheless. I think even on those increasingly rare occasions when I can fire one up and get high, I'm still... I just manage to ignore it then. IDK. Some days even simple decisions seem daunting. An hour or so ago, I realized I hadn't gotten around to eating again. So I went down to the kitchen, thought that I ought to just grab something quick so that I could have it made and eaten in five minutes and get to bed. I must have stood there for 20 minutes or more - just stood there. Finally, I turned around to go to bed and saw a little bag of microwaveable popcorn, so I stuck it in for a couple minutes, long enough to pop half of it, and that's what I just ate. I could have opened a can of something and stuck it on the stove burner, heated it, and eaten it in less time than I spent just standing in the kitchen :rolleyes3 . I don't just have spells when I can't decide something, I seem to be... disconnecting more and more. Who knows, lol? At least when you're like this, you don't find yourself getting sad all that often. It's like the meds the pshrinks give you when they're playing Pill Roulette with your head as the game board - flatline. Unfortunately, that comes and goes, so one can't even depend on it. Life, I guess. You can't win - and it takes too long to play.
Cloning autos never pans out the way one imagines, unless one imagines plants that amount to little or nothing but leaves and a few hairs. Autos are on a set timeline. You're going to take a week or two rooting, and they'll be as old going into the rooting stage as the mother you trimmed from, so you're losing everything before that point in growth and development time.
We did have a member last year in Oregon who had his stunted in the heat and they kept growing for a month longer than the projected timeline. He got a joint out of each.
Grow it out in the solo cup. There's a thread that just ran, or may be running still, where they all did autos in solo cups or the equivalent. You'll get more out of it, in my opinion, if you leave it be and coax it to harvest in that cup.
Having said that, there's no reason not to expect roots to grow in a larger chunk of soil. They just won't grow as aggressively as they do in veg.