Ok so i got a little on the bored side after work today and decided to make a diagram for everyone mostly the beginners..I know my 'paint' SUCKS but you get the idea..If you dont like it then look at the growFAQ which has plenty of tutorials as well but sometime illustrated pictures and colors are better lol. I know there are LOTS of posts and threads on these subjects but hey why not all in one..... Hope it helps!!!
Alls you have to do is go a couple inches below the growth shoot at the top and take sterilized scissors and chop that baby off!! With in a couple days to week you should see two new stem gowths coming from each side of the stalk right below your cut. Like most of you know topping isnt always better but if you want to keep a lower profile or like many colas instead of one big one then toppings for you. Doing this will make your plant lower and more bushy and less noticable as a 'marijuana plant' to any wandering eyes.
#2 LOW-STRESS TRAINING (LST)
Low-stress training can provide many benefits including more bud sites which = more buds!!! As you can see the 'BLUE STRING' supports the bottom stalk one way from the plant uprooting itself and the other string you just tie down either to your pot or you could put a stake in the ground to hold it as well...In a day or so you should start to see the branches and growth shoots start to travel up towards the light thus creating a canopy so MUCH more light gets to the inside of the plant creating new growth shoots and possible bud sites. Make sure you take it nice and slow though because if you bend it too much it could break and make sure its not in flowering though because the stem gets more 'woody' and easier to snap, also too early in VEG because it will easily uproot itself and cause your prized beauty to DIE!
Pruning should be done with the first signs of flowering. You want to get as many bud sites open and cleared up as possible to allow as much light in as possible. If you have a leaf that is obstructing the bud sites way to get light then cut it off(THE RED PARTS)..Not illustrated but you can do the same thing with branches. If you have a branch a that is covering up your budsites then it s doing nothing but blocking light. Always start from the bottom and work your way up. You should be happy with your results but dont go ape wild and just start hacking the crap out of your plant. Pruning takes time and planning so DONT RUSH IT!
#4 TAKING A CUTTING(CLONE)
Cloning is a great way to force flower your plant early so you are able to sex it or just get more buds! Alls you need is a healthy donor plant(mother, if your not trying to sex) thats a decent size maybe a foot or more and start taking some clippings. Just find one of the lower branches that looks appealing to you and just go about 4-6 inches below the growth shoot(RED LINES) and at a 45 degree angle with your sterilized scissors just make the cut. Theres no need to hack a whole branch off but you could if you know what your doing...Immediately put the cutting in a cup of water so no air buubles get in the cut and begin your method of cloning!
BELOW IS SOME LINKS THAT WILL HELP YOU OUT GREATLY AS WELL
Last edited by smokablunt16; 07-21-2008 at 02:18 PM.
I'm still trying to get my head around the tactics of LST. I've been lst'n the twins but now there's no more room to open the plant up. Still not sure how to recognize a bud sight either but I think they look good. Can someone point me to any instructions on how to post a photo? Thanks
what i do is upload them on www.photobucket.com from my pictures documents on my computer then copy the img link and paste it on the post!...any more help just lemme know
Simple and well done! One bit of constructice criticism would be to make #4 more obvious in where to cut the clone. I had to look hard to see those little red lines.
Talk, without the empiricism to back up your statements, is dogmatic BS.
lol i was thinking the same thing but too lazy to edit it...i was kind of waiting for some one to say something about that to urge me to go and fix it..THANKS!!
DONE!! I think its a little better..any more help would be appreciated..
A LITTLE bored? Good job!
There are no stupid questions . . . some are just easier to answer.
lol ok maybe REALLY bored... hey its a good help though