Maximum Yields From Your Cannabis Seeds
Many new Cannabis growers are disappointed with their first, initial crops, and wonder how to maximize the plants potential, gaining more buds and more weight from their indoor growing area.
As you read through the many reviews about the cannabis Seeds on offer, you will discover the majority quote 400-500 as the potential yield of the strain. To achieve these yields a few important points must be observed and the basic principles of growing Cannabis seeds should be understood.
There are two ways to maximize the indoor growing area for your plants, the first, and one which we shall discuss in this post is know as the Screen-of-Green technique, the second is called the Sea-of-Green and requires many more cannabis Seeds to be purchased, or Clones rooted in advance.
Growing Seeds with the Screen-of-Green or SCROG technique is proving more and more popular as growers strive to maximize the yield from the space available. This technique works best with between 3-9 seeds in a 1 meter area, with 5 possibly providing the best and easiest to manage set-up if grown in individual pots. However, even with just one plant, the area can produce just as much Cannabis as with using more plants, but the vegetative stage required to fill the area will require a longer period of time.
Whether you are growing your Seeds hydroponically, or in pots and hand watering them, the aim here is the same, to fill the area with a solid mass of buds all at a similar height, and to do this will require you to train your plants to develop more budding sites and lateral branches.
Once your Seeds have grown to a reasonable height, around 6 inches or 18 centimetres, place a wire or mesh frame fitted or suspended in the growing area, which fills the entire area. The aim now is to allow the strongest lateral branches to grow and strip away the weak few that are not growing. This will further promote the remaining stems.
At first the main shoot will develop the fastest and try to force its way through the mesh, push it back under the mesh, forcing it to grow laterally, rather than vertically. The Cannabis plant contains a natural growth inhibitor that stops all but the main shoot from growing at the fastest speed. It achieves this by diverting the majority of its sugars and other vital growing components to the upper-most tip of the plant.
By bending the upper-most tip back below the surface of the mesh, one of the sprouting shoots will take over as the upper-most tip, receiving more of the building blocks necessary to grow and produce the top bud. As this shoot tries to come through the mesh, again, force it back down, repeating the process until the entire area is covered in green shoots waiting to force their way through.
patience is required at this stage, and it will be rewarded. The vegetative period will require approximately a further 2-3 weeks to fill the area, but the yields will be a lot better than growing standard plants, as the full growing area will be utilized.
Once the plant has developed sufficiently to fill all the underneath of the wire mesh, it’s time to go to flower. At this stage, allow your Seeds to develop naturally, producing as many shoots through the mesh as possible. If you filled the area prior to commencing flowering, the buds will form as a solid area of buds and if correctly flowered will reward the grower with a good harvest, close to the advertised weights from the breeders.