If you use tap water, test it first. It could have a significant number of dissolved minerals that build up in the soil and impact the pH level. Alternatively, tap water could contain an excessive amount of chlorine, which is very bad for the soil. Therefore, we recommend filtering the water you use.
Plants grown from seed offer larger yields and are more robust in the face of inclement weather conditions. You can plant these seeds in the garden in the spring, even if it is still cold and wet outside. Another option is to begin the growing process indoors, but they have to be hardened off eventually before they are transplanted.
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However, once the temperature goes below 42 degrees Fahrenheit, most varieties of cannabis will be damaged quickly. If excessively cold temperatures are a problem, use protection such as cold frames, hot caps, or cloches.
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Generally, the top of the grow light sweet spot is where the biggest buds form. Cannabis plants love a lot of light, much more than your average house plant. As long as you stay away from the “too bright” zone for your particular indoor grow light (which can cause light burn, even if air is cool), you want to get as many colas in the top of the sweet spot as possible.
These training techniques all involve pruning the plant in some way to improve growth and increase yields indoors.
Topping & FIMing are ways of damaging the plant at a very young age to lead to plants growing m0re bud sites.
In this next picture, notice how the plant sort of “splits” at one point near the base of the plant. That split is where the plant was topped or FIMed and the apical dominance was broken. As a result, the plant turned many stems into main colas instead of only growing big buds on one main stem
This article on plant training shares several ways to train your plant to achieve this shape!
FIMing – A very closely related technique to topping. The idea of FIMing is to damage or “shave” the top of the plant instead of removing it completely. This can accomplish many of the same goals as topping, but has less of a chance of stressing the plant. The downside is it’s more likely to fail at actually breaking apical dominance (plant may still tend to grow one main cola).
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A big problem that many growers also experience during the long hot summer months is excess heat stress. This week in Spain, there was a weather warning as temperatures were expected to exceed 40 degrees celsius and above. A good way to combat this problem is to keep your plants shaded during the hottest parts of the day and in the long term, your plants will be in much better shape than left to handle such extreme heat. A good way to shade your plants is to either move the plants in accordance with the sun and find a shade spot during 12-3, or create a cover that will keep all the light and heat out.
Within a few days you will already see the enormous impact that the tying down, snapping and fimming have had on the plants. How much you keep on tying down and extending further will determine the final size of the canopy to be either huge or enormous. Of course not everyone has the luxury of growing full scale plants outdoors and must be discreet and obey to their countries laws to some degree.
This is the last step that you need to do to make the tying down all worth it. You will want to get a clean pair of scissors and remove 70% of the top leaves. By doing this it actively slows down the main growing tip and will now focus its energy on the lower growth until the remaining 30% of the removed tip grows accordingly again with the rest of the plants. Incase you are wondering why it is called F.I.M, it means Flip I Missed which means the original intention was to totally remove the top leaves, creating two new shoots instead of one.
A very good way to grow really big plants is to camouflage your grow space. If you have a clean colourful terrace or garden, then helicopters and neighbours may think again before taking a closer look. A great way to cover your plants from above is to have a tight thin rope that can accommodate several hanging baskets. Having one side of your garden dedicated to things such as tomatoes, chilis, peppers, strawberries and other low profile plants can allow you to get away with a lot more than bombing out a terrace and start sweating every time you hear a helicopter fly close.
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I personally like to use elastic rubber bands when tying my plants down for several reasons. Some of those are they are cheap, very flexible and incase of an emergency the elastic can be bitten off in seconds. I work with fabric pots and creating a hole with a small screw driver takes no time at all and does not disturb the medium.
Once you have all of the branches tied down and the original top part of the plant can no longer be identified in the bush of curved stems and elastic bands, now is the time that we want to think about super cropping those tied down branches and really giving the plant some new support and thick green golf ball sized knuckles.
The canopy of the plant describes how the top and bottom parts are growing, so one way a grower can take control of the actual outcome of the harvest is by maximising the amount of flowering sites there can be. By now it is mid July and your plants will have been growing from April time or perhaps a few months later, either way your plant will have a thick trunk and strong woody side branches.
Time To F.I.M
If you have left the plant to grow naturally and have not been tempted to see what techniques you can apply, then the plant will be as tall as possible and not as wide. The lower side branches may have grown upwards and you have lots of shoots and branches. This is the time now where you can execute my style of growing and create a top canopy like never before.
If you are doing this with smaller plants then you must be delicate and work slowly. However if you are working with a mature plant that has multiple tops already, then this process can be done a little bit faster and with less resistance on the branches being manipulated. Before you start to tie anything down, a good rule of thumb is to slowly bend it back with your hands and feel how durable it actually is. Do you consider it softwood or hardwood so before any permanent pressure is applied? Ensure the branch in question will comply and not completely snap the top part of the shoot off.