As the growing season has just begun and Homegrown Cannabis Co. has just launched Homegrown Diaries, we figured we would focus this week’s PotCast on some of the different techniques you can use to produce amazing yields, check them out.
Topping weed is the act of removing a top node of a plant completely. This creates 2 new tops to form, this way you create an extra top cola to carry bud. The process of topping allows the plants lower tops to be able to stretch to the same height as the rest of the canopy as well. This creates a more uniform canopy with more top colas to give you as a cultivator a choice to train and be able to hold weight! For myself topping is pretty much essential in every grow, even autoflowers are great to top early on to let them get a little more wider and less Christmas tree-like. I personally top photoperiods 3 to 4 times to really make use of the canopy and potential top colas.
Now, generally, most growers like to top at the 3rd node or after, I like topping at the 3rd or 4th node as I generally want those lowers to begin to stretch and grow early on to create a nice bushy canopy quickly. I like to offer food or time my top days at least 1 to 2 days within the time frame of feeding whether it’s before or after. It’s a stressful technique but not super high stress. The plant will bounce back really quickly. For autoflowers I always line any type of stress training up with feeding days, it just reassures me I wont have a plant that will herm on me from stress. If you haven’t listened to the episode of the homegrown potcast on preventing your autos from hermaphroditing definitely check it out, lots of good tips in it!
So now that you’ve gotten the hang of topping your plants, you understand why topping can be useful, let’s talk about methods for strengthening those newly formed top colas such as supercropping! Supercropping is the act of intentionally breaking the inner membrane and outer membrane at a specific location, generally at the base of a stem, to create a knuckle like node that will become a nutrient super highway as well as, strengthen that specific branch.
Supercropping is a very high stress technique and should always be done the same day you offer some form of food, whether it’s a full on feeding, water with some molasses, cal/mag, and nitrogen, or a foliar feed for vegetative phase, definitely offer your plant something. This way it can heal that knuckle fast and rapid. The supercropped branch is usually going to be sad for a few days but will eventually heal and become probably the strongest branch you have. This is why I generally supercrop 3 branches at a time and let them heal, then do 3 more let them heal, and so on until all my branches have a supercrop in them. This helps create a nice knuckle for nutrients to flow through and creates the sturdiness they’ll need for flower production.
Supercropping can be done by massaging the stem in a spot between your thumb and index finger until you feel the inner membrane turn to mush, then you add some pressure and pop open the outer stem, just enough to have several splits open in the stem, this will cause the branch to fall over and look sad but this is what we want.
SCROG stands for screen of green and technically you could be running a SOG or sea of green depending on how many plants you have so really SCROG and SOG are just as beneficial. As the concept remains the same. With the trellis netting you’ll fit individual colas into the squares to create an even canopy whether its 1 plant, 3 plants, 8 plants, or 24 small plants, you’re allowing each individual cola to have its own square. This helps hold weight and allows the light to penetrate evenly across the canopy. In theory, doing a SCROG or SOG style method will maximize your square footage yield potential versus if you had not done a SCROG or SOG.
Now netting alone isn’t going to maximize the plant, that’s an added method after you’ve topped and supercropped and maybe even defoliated your plants, which if you want to learn some of those methods check out our various episodes on training techniques and be sure to follow along so you never miss out on an episode.
A major form of training I generally do for my plants is called Kushman Chiropractics as Kyle Kushman really coined this grow technique or method.
Listen to this week’s PotCast at the top of the page to learn more about Kyle Kushmans amazing techniques.
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