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Super lst ..Step by step

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by High4Life, Jul 30, 2008.


    High4Life Well-Known Member

    LST Low Stress Training

    Well here we go, LST (Low Stress Training) the ultimate way to maximize your yield. It is important to start your grow with high potency marijuana seeds genetics, with LST you can even go for tall sativa cannabis seeds strains.

    Before we begin lets get some knowledge on what you will be looking at:

    Light Brown: Pot Outline

    Green thick Lines: Main Stem

    Small Thin Lines with Green Balls on top: Fan leafs

    Yellow Lines: Side Branches

    Red: Tiedown Metal Hooks (or thread whichever item you use, i use Hooks - it's easier)

    The Text in the box: First digit is Step No. and Second Digit is Pot Size, below the numbers is the type of view your looking at (either from the SIDE or from the TOP)
    STEP 1: Grow your plant from a potent marijuana seeds strain of choice to 3 or 4 leaf sets, some use 5 but i always use 3 because after 3rd leaf set the main stem starts to harden and it will be harder to bend over your plant properly without breaking the main stem.

    STEP 2: Using a metal hook (i cut small sections of cloths hanger and bend a U shape at the end as a hook) bend over your plant with metal hook at the last internode (space between the last set of fanleafs and the next to last) and stick the metal hook into your dirt to hold down the stem.

    STEP 3: This is really not a step, just waiting time... Take note of how the top of the plant that was bent down will bend back upwards towards the light, this could take anywhere from 3 hours to 1 day. Under my 1000 Watt Metal Halide light it does it in under 3 hours.

    STEP 4: Veg and dont tie down until you have a new leaf set. You will notice Side branching has started already because good light is getting to the main stem areas next to each fanleaf stem intersection with the main stem.

    STEP 5: Depending on your starting pot size you may have to transplant. If you started out with a large pot, repeat step 2 over and over again holding the main stem down with hooks until you reach the end of the pot. In this illustration to save time and drawings, i started out with a small pot and it reached the end of the pot after the first tiedown. I repotted it into a 10 inch pot which will be my final pot size for this plant in order for me to continue the LST Bends around the inside edge of the pot.

    STEP 6: Now that your new leaf set has formed you have enough length in growth since the first bend(s) to allow you to start bending the stem horizontally around the inside edge of the pot. Use metal hooks again to keep this bend in place. Side branches should be coming along very nicely. Sativa cannabis seeds strains grow faster and produce more stems, indica marijuana seeds varieties will grow half as much.

    STEP 7: Continue repeating steps 4 and 6, allowing the plant to grow and then keep tieing it down along the inside edge of pot using metal hooks (or whatever your using) Side branches should be forming and growing up towards the light.

    STEP 8: Continue to repeat step 7 until you are all the way around the pot... when you reach the point where your plant first met the edge of the plant Top the plant (cut off the very top of the plant) and hold it down horizontally with a metal hook... During all this time of repeating step 7 you should also be tieing down horizontally the new branches that have formed from the main stem as much as possible until you use up as much space as possible inside the pot as well , the outter branches growing over the outside edge of the pot you can hold down as well with string to keep those tops even with the inner branches.

    STEP 9: After you have used up all possible space inside the pot (or your eggcrate) its time to just let it flower.. This is a side view of how it will and should look by that time with all the side branches growing upwards towards the light... these will all become Collas unlike a non LST plant will only have one colla.
    During flowering and even before due to lack of light on the main stem fan leafs which is all the way to the bottom almost against the soil those fanleafs will die off anyways, i usually cut these off the main stem right after the branch has grown out in that area, keeps things neat down below where you will need good airflow during flowering.. so go ahead and take off any fanleafs coming off the main stem that is going around the inside edge of the pot.

    Set your timer to 12/12 and watch it bloom. There is no Step 10 in the picture but we all know what that is HARVEST!!!

    Sativa indica hybrids or sativa marijuana seeds strains are suitable for LST as they grow fast and low stress training helps to control their height. Choose a potent, high yielding cannabis seeds variety for LST!

    Enjoy ........... :joint::joint::joint::joint:

    weednurd420 Well-Known Member

    so you don't top the plant at all till it reaches the end of the pot? and if so how many times do you top it, also do you hook the hanger to the side of the pot till it reaches the corner of the pot to keep stem held down?

    latewood Active Member

    This is very interesting; I think I will reserve comment until I come back from the Santana Concert tonight. :) peace
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    MonkeyGrinder Well-Known Member

    Top once as it says. You CAN top the other branches but no need really. It'll cause your branching to get a little erratic. Keep everything tied down throughout the grow. It's to keep the canopy as even as possible. Fill your lights footprint up with a few pots like this and its kinda like a scrog minus the nets and whatnot plus hooks. It's a pretty nice method indoors when you can control your 12/12 switch.
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    weednurd420 Well-Known Member

    i wonder if i can attach a couple strings to the bottom of my smart pot before i put soil in it and just run it though the soil to tie plant down till it gets to egg of pot will that work good

    buzworthy Well-Known Member

    i would love to see this from beginning to end. or at least a top shot of that pic. Sooo many tops

    MonkeyGrinder Well-Known Member

    Why don't you just attach them to the sides with safety pins?

    weednurd420 Well-Known Member

    will do that then

    davejohnson62 Active Member

    Ok I got a yield question. I'm doing two plants with this type of lst does anyone know if doing this or growing a bunch of single colla plants to fill the same space would yield more? I'm new to it so I haven't had time or the experience to do this test my self.

    davejohnson62 Active Member

    I didn't make it all the way around probably half way or so but here is a pic of where it got before it was to big for the space

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    MonkeyGrinder Well-Known Member

    What I had done was just hook the pins to the side of the fabric pots. Then used garden wire to train the main stalk where it needed to go. I had a box of bamboo skewers as well to help. Just the ones used for cooking. They help when you have to start bending the main stem around the pot. Just used them like the hanger/hooks. But using pins on the sides do the job perfectly.

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