Grow Technique Special: SOG vs SCROG & LST vs HST

All New Homegrown PotCast
December 30, 2020

The Homegrown PotCast is back for our final episode of 2020! And this week’s episode is all about growing techniques, meaning that we can provide you with enough information so that you can start your grow in 2021 strong and with a lot of new knowledge! Kronic is here to break down the benefits and drawbacks of Sea of Green (SOG) and Screen of Green (SCROG) first, before comparing and contrasting Low-Stress Training (LST) with it’s more rigorous counterpart, High-Stress Training (HST).


So what is a SOG vs SCROG in growing terms? Well first off let’s discuss what a SOG is, what it means, and how you go about creating a SOG. SOG stands for sea of green. This method of growing was created by growers to utilize single node plants in small pots across a large space that grow towards a trellis net. Generally, 30 or more plants are usually involved in these SOG setups, with a half-ounce or less being pulled from each of these plants. This creates a sea of green that can be rapidly harvested in a perpetual cycle allowing for cultivators to have a variety of strains quickly and efficiently. This allows a single cola plant to pack all of its weight onto one cola and not waste weight anywhere else, utilizing trichome production and density development to the fullest. 

Now a SCROG is a Screen of Green. This method or technique mimics the SOG method, however, instead of 30 single cola plants you run 3 or more large plants and train the canopies to be even with the use of a trellis net. This creates the same sea of green look, however, due to fewer plants, more training, and having to train a lot more in-depth this technique was given a different name; Screen of Green. Each method is a technique that is used to increase yield potentials for growers per square foot. 

Which provides more benefits? Largely, that depends on the amount of plants you are growing and also the types of plants, listen to the full episode above to help you decide which is best for you!


HST stands for High-Stress Training. High-stress training includes forms of training where damage in high doses is done to help train the plant to produce bigger yields, grow larger, or defoliation techniques. Forms of high-stress training include transplanting, cropping, super cropping, topping, FIMing, Schwazzing, lollipopping, and general defoliation. These forms of training induce a higher level of stress on cannabis plants and should be done at planned times such as feeding days to allow your plants to recover best.

High-stress training in unstable genetics can prompt hermaphrodite traits, however in stable genetics such as Homegrown Cannabis Co, you’ll just need to allow your plant to rest and heal for 3 to 5 days after any heavy training, such as HST methods. These methods are all viable techniques to train with during your grow to help maximize your yields come flower time. Not one form of training is technically better, as many strains will act completely different to each type of training and may grow much more vigorously with different forms of training. Many cultivators spend time growing the same strains to figure out which techniques work best for their preferred strains, this is why training techniques are there for us cultivators to utilize but there isn’t necessarily one way that is proven best. 

With that being said what is LST versus HST? HST as we discussed is High-stress training, which LST stands for low-stress training. These are forms of training that do minimal damage to the plant such as bonsai methods of growing. Minimal defoliation or small crop spots can be forms of low-stress training. Tying down your plant to allow light penetration is a form of low-stress training. Wind training with a fan is a form of low-stress training. Basically, any training that doesn’t do actual physical damage more than just snipping off a leaf or two, is considered low-stress training. These techniques paired with high-stress training can make a very strong, vigorously growing, and resistant plant which can help increase your final yields. 

As you can see, there are quite stark differences between the different LST and HST methods used by growers, both have benefits, but which will work best with your favorite strains? Listen for more information!

If you have anything to add to either of the topics covered today, why not post it over at the Homegrown Forum? We love hearing your thoughts and fresh ideas!