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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.