Placing a decent amount of stress to marijuana plants ensues benefits. Super cropping, in particular, produces fruitful colas with higher THC volume. It is also a favorite technique amongst growers due to the simplicity of the approach. Indeed, adversity can be an advantage even in the cannabis kingdom.
What Is Super Cropping And How Does It Work?
Super cropping is one of the most widely used High-Stress Training (HST) technique, and perhaps the oldest, too. It works by subjecting a cannabis plant to a relevant load of trauma to boost its yield and THC content as well.
Soaring THC levels in cannabis strains are the current trend amongst consumers. To produce buds that meets the demand, knowing what makes it generate higher than average potency is a necessity.
In the wild, weeds are constantly preyed on by the untamed members of the animal kingdom. Yet, these unrestrained faunas do not devour an entire plant even if it is out in the open. Many believe that the psychotropic effects of the buds deter the animals. As some form of defense mechanism, the herb produces more THC when it feels that it is in danger or experiencing trauma.
This act of self-preservation is what growers intend to recreate when super cropping plants. Additionally, the technique also manages to fatten up marijuana colas. By bending the lateral branches of the flora, some of the lower-lying shoots can get more light. That means a couple of unexposed florettes of calyxes get to mature to their full potential, giving a plant many large flowers.
How Is It Performed?
While super cropping might seem like such a daunting task for some, it follows a fundamental tenet – stress the plant right, and it will reward the grower later on.
The instructions are easy to understand and follow. On top of that, the method does not require the use of any advanced or expensive equipment. It is a straightforward 4-step process that ensures a bountiful harvest brimming with THC.
- One’s own hands/fingers
- Gloves (when dealing with more plants; to avoid too much resinous material from sticking to the fingers)
- Grafting tape (or any strong tape to repair possible outer damage)
- Garden ties or regular zip ties (something to tie down branches in place; do not use string, as it will cut into the plant’s skin over time)
- Some understanding or knowledge of what to do and how to deal a decent amount of stress on the plants
- Choose the shoots to super crop. Not all plants react to stressful stimulus the same way. As such, starting with only a few branches to monitor how well the flora responds to a planned ordeal is most advisable. The best time to super crop is when the faunas are still vegetating, usually in the second or third week. During this stage, the stems are still green and “bendy”. Once a plant starts to flower, it is no longer a viable candidate for this kind of stressing or any type of High-Stress Training for that matter.
- Squeeze and bend the side shoots. The ideal position to super crop is the area of the branch in between two leaf nodes. If the plant has multiple colas, then cropping each one at the same location is a requisite. On the other hand, if a flora has a single flower, the greener top of the plant should be super cropped. After determining the optimum area, growers can proceed to pinching and bending the branches. Using the thumb and the forefinger, growers must gently exert firm pressure to soften the inner tissues of the shoot. Then, by wiggling it between the fingers back and forth for around 5 to 10 seconds, the bent area becomes loose. Once the limb feels wobbly enough, slowly and gently bend it to the desired position which should be at around 90° angle. The plant should appear broken at first sight but not wholly damaged. Ideally, there should be no visible external tears.
- Mend any external tears and tie down branches. Too much pressure in bending the branches may result in tears in the outer tissue of the plant. Should there be any cracking, applying a grafting tape or duct tape will help it heal properly. The strip also serves to aid the plant in producing a woody nodule. This lump will transport water and nutrients in the severed portion of the branch. It goes without saying that if the bending went smoothly, grafting would not be necessary. Growers can proceed to strapping the drooping branches with ties to a strip of bamboo planted firmly on the ground. One must remember to tie the trunk side of the limb rather than the bud side. It avoids further damages and helps the plant remain steady.
- Check and monitor. The grafting must stay on the plant for at least a week and a half before removing it. If the broken area still appears grey and wounded, put the tape back and wait until the plant has wholly repaired itself. Mended branches would have formed a discolored “knuckle” or node in the bent area. An excellent sign of bending done right is when the plant repaired itself by growing supportive branches. Should the crooked shoots straighten, growers must reinforce them with more ties until the plants have succumbed entirely to the growers training. The result of the super cropping technique is a shorter, bushier plant sporting more colas with buds of heavy THC load.
Yielding Great Results
Super cropping is a High-Stress Training technique that promotes a rewarding growing journey. For an abundant yield and sky-high THC levels, this simple approach is the best way to go. With just the right amount of stress, a little patience, an extra roll of duct tape, and some ties, a greater harvest awaits.