A method of cloning plants involves a reprogramming of somatic plant cells of a selected parent plant into undifferentiated initials by expressing RKD4, BBM, LEC2 or FUS3 transcription factors using a two-component inducible expression system. New plants are then recovered by growing the transformed cells in the absence of the inducer. Regenerated plants are fertile and retain epigenetic characteristics of the somatic cells prior to the reprogramming. No changes in gene sequence take place. Regenerated plants are selected so they have at least one epigenetic characteristic of the parent plant. This approach allows a plant, for example Elaeis guineensis or Phalaenopsis sp. with desirable epigenetic character to be cloned.