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7 mistakes not to make with plant training

Almost all Cannabis plants that are grown indoors will need to be trained. If you want to harvest the maximum yield

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7 mistakes not to make with plant training.

7 mistakes not to make with plant training
7 mistakes not to make with plant training

Cannabis is an easy plant to grow. Marijuana plants grow quickly and easily and they will happily squeeze through all sorts of twists and turns if you train them well. Here are the 7 mistakes not to make with plant training.

training cannabis plants
training cannabis plants

But watch out, because plant training can also turn out badly if you make a mistake. That is why here we will show you 7 cannabis training errors that you should not make. Use it to your advantage!

Almost all Cannabis plants that are grown indoors will need to be trained. If you want to harvest the maximum yield without growing using a  sea ​​or green system.

However, training your plants is not without risk. If you do it wrong you may harm your plant and reduce yields. Fortunately for you, many growers have already fallen into plant training traps, and as in life, most people try to learn from their mistakes you can ultimately learn from theirs.

Therefore avoid these seven training mistakes and become a top cannabis trainer!

Training mistake 1: Not bothering to train your plant.

As we already mentioned in the intro: unless you grow marijuana plants in a sea of green, they must be trained for maximum yield. This can be done either by applying low-stress training or high-stress training. Not training cannabis plants at all is only an option if they are outdoors.

A trained weed plant has more buds
Training mistake 1: Not bothering to train your plant.

Of course, you can just let cannabis plants go their own way, and even then they will grow and bloom. But everyone who did that afterward soon regrets their negligence. A trained cannabis plant will yield up to 40% more buds than an untrained one. Not training is therefore not an option if you are growing indoors, it is in your hands!

Training mistake 2: Topping too early or doing it incorrectly.

Topping is indispensable for a maximum harvest because whether you want to scrog or just want to harvest more buds per plant, you just can’t escape it.

You can, however, seriously damage your marijuana plant by topping too early or topping incorrectly.

Training mistake 2: Topping too early or doing it incorrectly.
topping a cannabis plant correctly

When you remove the top of a cannabis plant too early, you usually lose more than you gain. Therefore, wait until your weed plant has grown enough to have at least three nodes before you consider topping.

If you top to early, the plant will struggle to produce enough new growth tips to be able to produce a good yield in the flowering stage. In the worst case, the plant will not recover at all, and you will have to start again.

Only top a weed plant if it has at least 3 nodes, and not before.
Only top a weed plant if it has at least 3 nodes, and not before.

So I will restate Only top a weed plant if it has at least 3 nodes, and not before.

Topping Incorrectly is also possible, and that usually happens when growers remove too much from the top of the plant. For the best result make sure you only get rid of the extreme growth point.

Carefully unfold the smallest leaves of the growing tip so that you can remove the smallest tip that you can grab. In this way, you damage the marijuana plant the least and regrowth can happen quickly.

Tip! If you are going to top outdoor cannabis plants, always leave a small piece of the main stem. This prevents the plant stem from splitting later when the branches grow heavier.

Training error 3: Breaking branches.

Low-stress training (LST) techniques where you do not prune branches, but bend them, can sometimes go wrong. This happens when you accidentally break a branch instead of bending it. Therefore, try to bend branches in the growth phase when they are still flexible. Once cannabis plants start to flower, the stems become stiffer and become harder to bend.

Training error 3: Breaking branches. repair with tape
Training error 3: Breaking branches. repair with tape

Be careful training flowering plants, if you do break a branch when training you can restore it with tape.

If at any time you break a stem, do not worry too much. First of all, you are not alone: ​​every grower has at some point broken a stem. Often you can also restore the stem by simply bending it back into place and connecting the wound with adhesive tape. Cannabis plants are fortunately very forgiving, and a broken branch or stem usually recover quickly and easily (about a week).

Fortunately, there is also a method to bend branches of flowering weed plants without breaking them: super cropping. To do this, first, squeeze the stem and roll it forcefully between your fingers. This way you make the stem weaken so that it can be bent in any direction you wish. without breaking,

Training error 4: Flowering too early.

One of the most important skills that you need when training your marijuana plant is the ability to estimate when to put your plants on 12/12. One of the biggest mistakes you can make which will hurt your yield is to let your plants flower too early. The plant is then still too small to produce a good harvest, and you will not get much of a harvest from a flowering cannabis plant that is too small.

Training error 4: Flowering too early.
Training error 4: Flowering too early.

Do not flower a weed plant too early, the harvest will be disappointing.

If your plant is too small when it starts flowering, it simply does not have the size to deliver a good harvest. Therefore wait at least three weeks before switching to the 12/12 light schedule.

Another rule of thumb to adhere to is to wait until the grow surface of your grow room is filled. Only switch on 12/12 when direct light no longer falls on the bottom of your grow room.

You can apply this rule to a sea of green with many weed plants, or a scrog with only one weed plant. Of course, when you are growing with autoflowers you don’t need to worry about when to start flowering; autoflowers do that automatically.

Training error 5: late flowering.

Timing is crucial for a good harvest! As you have read above, your harvest will suffer if you allow cannabis plants to flower too early. But also if you wait too long before flowering, you can get into trouble. Particularly indoors, where the height is limited, marijuana plants can then grow in the lamp, with all its consequences.

If you wait too long with the 12/12 light schedule, weed plants will become too large. Problems include plants growing into the lamp where the tops burn, another major problem is competing plants overlap each other and end up shading the buds this in turn drastically reduces yields and increases the chance of your buds suffering from mold.

It is a thin line, between flowering too early or late. This is because weed plants stretch for two to three weeks after switching to 12/12. It is your job as a grower to estimate how big they will eventually become.

Training error 5: late flowering.
Training error 5: late flowering.

Bear in mind that after switching to 12/12, indica strains will double in hight. Also be awarethat sativas can stretch to three times as high. If you grow the same strain of cannabis a few times, you will get a good feel for the plant and how much your particular plant will stretch. Waiting too long not only costs you more time (electricity) but also hurts your yield!

Training error 6: Tying branches too tightly.

When you train marijuana plants, you tie them so that they do not grow upwards but in the direction that you want. Do not make the mistake of tying the branches too tightly. If you bind branches too tightly, it will cut into the branches as they become thicker. The same can happen if you use string or wire which is too thin.

Training error 6: Tying branches too tightly.
Training error 6: Tying branches too tightly.

Do not bind branches too tightly and use soft material such as elastic or wide garden twine etc. This prevents whatever you have tied the plant with cutting into the branches and blocking the sap flow. Bear in mind that if you tie the branches you will no longer be able to move the pot you have the plant about your grow room. Tie the branches to the pot to prevent this.

Training error 7: Training sick weed plants.

When training weed plants, always pay attention to the plant and do not rigidly stick to a schedule. If a cannabis plant does not look healthy, make sure it regains full health before you start training.

Plant training is a form of stress and damage that only healthy cannabis plants do well with. If you top or train a diseased or pest infected plant, it makes its recovery much more difficult. If you are unlucky, your well-intended training could mean the death blow for a sick cannabis plant.

Training error 7: Training sick weed plants.
Training error 7: Training sick weed plants.

Leave sick weed plants in peace before you start training.

and only train it when it has fully recovered. A good guide is to only start training when you see new healthy leaves appearing every day. You can help sick weed plants recover by hanging the grow lamp a little further away and leaving the plant alone.

Once healthy, you can have the grow light shine on her again with full power and continue with plant training.

I hope the 7 mistakes not to make with plant training, helps you along the way and avoid some of the mistakes we all make when we first start training their cannabis plants.

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  1. Topping at all is mindless. I grow my plants start to finish without topping. Less problems with splitting and more product.

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