Low Stress Training: Are your Plants in Shape?

Low Stress Training: Are your Plants in Shape?

Alex
Alex
06 Oct 2017

The shape of your plants is super important. It can turn a humble harvest into a bumper crop.

Want to get plants in shape? All it takes is a little topping, netting and bending - in that order!

Topping

What:

It’s basically removing the tip of your plant. This stops it growing tall and makes it grow bushy.

You do this in late propagation and/or early vegetative growth.

Topping Topping

Why:

Instead of growing a tall Christmas tree, you’ll grow a shorter, wider plant with lots of branches. It's the perfect shape for growing plants under lights. You get lots of manageable sized flowers, instead of a few big ones. Overall, your yield is higher.

How:

  • From cuttings, pinch the top off the plant when it has around 4 nodes
  • Use your fingernails or a sharp pair of scissors 
  • Space branches out, so they grow away from other branches and your canopy stays flat

Netting

What:

It’s where you spread your plant's branches out under a horizontal net to create a flat, level canopy.

Why:

Plants use the light more effectively - as a result, your yield increases.

Plants are also shorter, which is great if you don’t have much headroom, and they’ll be very well supported.

     

Netting Netting

How:

  • Position crop support netting horizontally across your tent/room.

  • Attach it to tent poles or make a wooden frame

  •  Move branches away from the centre of your plant and tuck under the net 

  • As the tips grow vertically through the net, pull the branches down and tuck through the next hole in the net

  • Aim to have a one branch growing through each hole in the net

     

NFT NFT

Hint

Elastic Crop Support Netting is great for grow tents, and is very easy to install.

Bending

What:

This is where you bend tall growing stems so they grow in different directions.

Why:

To direct them away from intense light, or away from another stem or flowering site.

Bending Bending

How:

Use plant support yo-yo’s or soft twist wire to move stems to another area.

Hint

You can gently manipulate the direction of growth by using Stemz. They create curves in soft branches.


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