step by step how to super crop in the
The Grow Room forums; it's been a while since i've done anything really productive around here.. but since i have a new grow going, ...
step by step how to super crop
it's been a while since i've done anything really productive around here.. but since i have a new grow going, and am doing things i often get questions about here For all new growers with questions... Tons of information and answers.. i figured now would be a good time to do a nice new thread...
i love super cropping.. it is by far one of my favorite pruning techniques.. its quick, easy, causes little stress, gets huge results, and gets them quick.. best of all it can be done multiple times during the veg period.. this can mean huge results...
first lets talk a little about super cropping... the idea behind it is to push lower growth up and out... this means more tops, more lower growth that can get flowered, which all leads to heavier yields..
super cropping works by moving the auxins, or growth hormones, from the growth tips to other parts of the plant causing growth to happen below the point of super cropping...
to explain it in a way that makes sense, you basically fool the plant into thinking it has no top.. if the point in which you super cropped formed a horizontal line over the plant, the plant would try to push everything below that line up to give it a top... all the lower branches, instead of growing outward horizontally, will start to bend and grow upwards, vertically... really, everything below the imaginary line the super cropping makes grows vertically verse horizontally...
the end result from super cropping much bushier plant, more tops or branches closer to the light that will flower, and a shorter over all plant...
this can be done to any mj plant.. the only exception is autos.. it can be done once fairly early on.. but the veg life of autos is short so its impossible to get multiple super crops done successfully...
now, although it can be done to every plant, not all plants will react the same.. i urge you to try it on a few branches of a plant before doing the entire plant.. make sure your plant reacts well to it.. i haven't seen any plants that dont enjoy it yet.. but i havent by any means grown everything there is to grow..
now... for the slide show...
first, locate your plant... this girl was 3 weeks old monday.. i have super cropped her once or twice already.. you want to wait until there is a good amount of growth.. usually after a week and a half or two weeks your ok...
second, locate the spot on the stem you want to super crop.. remember it will create the imaginary line which all growth below will push up.. usually it is done close to the end of a stem or the main stalk.. i like somewhere under the 1rst to 3rd node set.. depending on how tight the spacing is..
this is where i decided to do her at...
now to start the super cropping... once you pick the spot, you want to gently squeeze the stem between your thumb and pointer finger... you dont want to pinch.. the idea here is to soften the stem.. not to break it...
this is somewhat what it should look like...
now turn your hand 90 degrees from where you started......
and do the same thing.....
hopefully after this your top will fold over like this...
if you have tops that are higher than the spot you just did do them also...
eventually you'll get to the point you do your entire plant, and it looks like this one when your done...
now a few last things before im done...
first.. please remember to start out doing a few branches at first.. make sure your plant reacts ok to it.. some do better than others... its better to make sure first... but again, i have not grown any that react poorly...
second.. if you tear the stem its ok.. you may get little rips that run vertically up the stem.. its alright if this happens.. your plant will be just fine... trust me.. it happens a lot..
third... be gentle when you squeeze.. you may need to work it a little if the stem is thicker.. this is ok... if you are too rough you will break it off.. i have done that.. topping unwantedly is not a pleasant surprise...
fourth... take your time at first... its nothing you need to rush.. get used to how the stem feels when it pops like you want it to.. how it feels when its softened enough to bend easily.. then build up your speed.. it can take a while to do a larger garden.. and you may want to hurry.. but patience is a virtue here...
lastly... when the spot your super cropped heals up it will more than likely be a thick round ball in the middle of the stem.. this is good.. think of it like scar tissue..
it does confuse a lot of people... at least that i have came across... and its pretty hard to explain.. im glad its helped out!
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so how long do you think before this particular plants starts to straighten up or whatever it does?
i actually went up and checked them a minute ago.. some of the tips that were pointing downwards are already turning back up towards the light.. within 3, maybe 4 days, they all should be up righted.. within 7 days they will be good to go for another super cropping..
i will take some pics of that girl tomorrow and post so you all can see how it looks the next day... its kinda trippy the first time you see it...
you will use it many times jaw... once you see the results you get you'll be hooked..
would you get more tops with supercropping rather then FIMing?
with super cropping you get more tops that would be available to FIM.. if that makes sense.. FIMing is a way to get multiple flowers at any given site... super cropping is a means to get more available sites towards the top of the plant that would be able to get FIM'd...
wow... i figured more people would be happy to see this...
Hey man good stuff. Im a newby and this is the kind of thread ive been looking for. I appreciate the time you put into this because its hard to come upon. I'm going to wait a couple days to try it but it was very well put my man. Thanks
Do you think the bigger one is red to super crop? Its about 3 weeks
glad to help.. your very welcome
Originally Posted by t crizzlet
yeah.. it would be fine to start her... i usually wait until there are about 3 or 4 node sets then start...
Originally Posted by t crizzlet
heres a picture of what it will look like as the plant begins to heal and upright the super cropped areas.. its kinda crazy to see the first time...
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