You may have heard or read numerous super cropping ideas and techniques from a lot of videos and articles that are ensuring you that you will have the best yield for the whole season. However, this is not an easy task if you are a beginner, but it is not impossible to do it. This article will guide you through the proper ways that will ensure you get the best result as well as giving you the proper knowledge to do so.
As you began your cannabis growing endeavor, you may have encountered terms such as low stress and high-stress training for plants. And maybe you are wondering, what are these terms stands for or even asking yourself if plants experience stress. As a living organism, a plant also experiences stress caused by the following:
- Nutrient deficiency
- Water and sunlight deficiency
Low stress training for plants simply means a technique without incurring to much damage to the plant itself. However, its counterpart high-stress training is a high-risk, high reward method of incurring damage to the plant, forcing it to provide higher yield rates and high potency levels. This method is mostly used by experts since they have a lot of experience in properly handling the plant.
Super cropping is a method used to all kinds of plants that growers and farmers used for a long period of time; this is due to its effectiveness and honest to goodness approach. This has been used all over the world as it gives direct and consistent results, which will give your cannabis plant a whole new level of yield. However, due to its risk factors, there is a possibility that it will destroy the plant itself.
This process is done by allowing the plant to experience a huge deal of stress by putting pressure on the plant’s stems by damaging them. However, the pressure must be correct because it must not reach a point where there will be peeling to the stems, which will cause wilting.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Super Cropping
- Less time consuming and simple process
- Less equipment is needed to conduct the process
- It will maximize the space that your plant has
- Higher yield and potency levels for the plants
- Higher risk of plant infection.
- Not cost-effective when errors are incurred.
- If the plant reacts negatively, you will surely get negative results.
- Recovery rate is relatively slower
How to Conduct Super Cropping?
Step # 1 – Choosing viable branches
When conducting super cropping, the key is to choose the correct stem that will endure high-stress training. The branch or stem that you will have to choose is the most flexible branch that can be bent easily. Choose the younger stems; the easy way to choose is targeting the middle to the top stalk since they grew later than the bottom stems, which grew first, which means they are older stems.
Step # 2 – Squeeze the stem and bend it gently
The main goal when gently squeezing the plant is damaging the inner part of the plant without incurring any damage on the external part of the stalk or stem. This will enable you to easily bend the stem without breaking it and causing you money. Try to squeeze the stem using your thumb and the index finger until the inner part becomes softer. You may use a stalk of celery to practice this process.
Once the stems or stalks already feel soft and gently, you may already bend it to the direction that you prefer. You may want to use a plant string to tie the bent stem to keep it in place. After a few hours, remove the string and observe the stem; if it remains on the angle that you preferred, then the process you have done is correct and successful.
Step # 3 – If Damaged, fix it!
This phase is undeniably present if you are a beginner when it comes to super cropping. If you accidentally bruised or exposed the exterior part of the plant, which caused it to bleed, you have to use duct tape to tend to it; you must seal the wound of the plant to allow it to heal itself. Do everything it takes to fuse the broken parts together to keep the nutrients flowing across the damaged stems.
Step # 4 – Pulling off the tape
After 7 days that you have attached the duct tape, that is the time to remove it. You may see a slight change in color in the damaged area, but that is completely fine and is normal, just like the human body when wounded and healed, it takes time to restore the original color and state of the wounded area. If the damaged area of the plant still looks unhealed, then you must return the tape until the stem fully heals.
The process is simple and easy to do; what makes it hard is the force that you will apply that must provide the damage the plant needs to supply more nutrients to the stem causing it to produce more leaves as well as the buds. Also, the proper bending method that you should apply to the plant, the bend, must is just as important as the force since the bend will let the nutrients easily flow on the plants itself.
Super cropping is risky for beginners since it technically damages the plant, causing extreme stress to the plant. If done improperly or recklessly for that matter, it will cost you dearly as it will destroy your whole plantation. This will instead give you no yield at all, if you are skeptical with the process, you can start by trying it out on one plant first, then if you see the effectiveness and the positive result, you can now move from one to two then three and so on and so forth.
Super cropping is indeed effective, but it requires a lot of effort and practice. We can provide you the seeds that you can grow on your own by getting it here at outdoor cannabis seeds.