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Training and pruning techniques for optimal growth

Cartier April 13, 2023

Cannabis cultivation is a complex process that involves various techniques to ensure optimal growth and yield. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the use of training and pruning techniques in cannabis cultivation. These techniques help to control the growth and shape of the plant, increase yield, and improve overall plant health. In this article, we will explore the different training and pruning techniques used in cannabis cultivation and their benefits.

Training Techniques

  1. Topping

Topping involves cutting off the top part of the main stem of the cannabis plant, which causes the plant to produce two new shoots. This technique helps to control the height of the plant, increase yield, and improve the overall shape of the plant. The topping should be done during the vegetative stage of growth, and it is important to make sure that the plant is healthy and has enough foliage to support new growth.

  1. FIMing

FIMing is similar to topping, but it involves cutting off only the top part of the main stem. This technique is less drastic than topping and causes the plant to produce four new shoots instead of two. FIMing also helps to control the height of the plant and increase yield.

  1. LST (Low-Stress Training)

LST involves bending the branches of the cannabis plant to create an even canopy of foliage. This technique helps to increase light penetration and improve overall plant health. LST should be done during the vegetative stage of growth and should be done gradually to avoid damaging the plant.

  1. SCROG (Screen of Green)

SCROG involves using a screen or netting to create an even canopy of foliage. This technique helps to control the height of the plant, increase yield, and improve overall plant health. SCROG should be done during the vegetative stage of growth and requires careful planning to ensure that the plant is properly supported.

Pruning Techniques

  1. Defoliation

Defoliation involves removing some of the leaves from the cannabis plant. This technique helps to increase light penetration and improve overall plant health. Defoliation should be done carefully and gradually to avoid damaging the plant.

  1. Lollipopping

Lollipopping involves removing the lower branches and leaves of the cannabis plant. This technique helps to redirect the plant’s energy towards the upper branches, which increases yield and improves overall plant health. Lollipopping should be done during the vegetative stage of growth.

  1. Super Cropping

Super Cropping involves pinching the stem of the cannabis plant to create a small injury. This technique helps to increase yield and improve overall plant health. Super Cropping should be done during the vegetative stage of growth and should be done carefully to avoid damaging the plant.

Benefits of Training and Pruning Techniques

  1. Control Growth and Shape

Training and pruning techniques help to control the growth and shape of the cannabis plant. This is important because it allows growers to optimize the use of space and increase yield.

  1. Increase Yield

Training and pruning techniques help to increase yield by redirecting the plant’s energy towards the upper branches, which produce more buds.

  1. Improve Overall Plant Health

Training and pruning techniques help to improve overall plant health by increasing light penetration, improving air circulation, and reducing the risk of pests and diseases.

Conclusion

Training and pruning techniques are important for the optimal growth and yield of cannabis plants. These techniques help to control the growth and shape of the plant, increase yield, and improve overall plant health. It is important to carefully plan and execute these techniques to avoid damaging the plant. With proper training and pruning techniques, cannabis growers can achieve optimal growth and yield, leading to a successful harvest.

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