Dienstag, 26. April 2011

How to supercrop

lets talk a little about super cropping.. what it is and what it does... super cropping itself is a controlled method of bending the stems to cause lower growth to grow upwards... by bending the stems in a controlled way the plant will begin to push lower growth out and up.. this means lower branches that would normally not yield much will be at the canopy top ready to yield nicely..

here is a mental picture to invision to further explain.. imagine how a christmas tree grows.. one main stalk with many side branches growing outwards... for the most part this is how our plants grow as well... but super cropping you cause all those lower branches to start growing out and up, towards the light, instead of just out.. giving you more potential bud sites...

super cropping also helps to strengthen stems and branches all over the plant...

the greatest thing about super cropping is that it can be dont multiple times during vegetative growth and causes little if any growth disruption... i would stop super cropping a few days before switching to flowering though.. to allow the plant to recover fully for flower...

for now i have to give verbal directions.. but i will post a video as soon as we get things fixed so they work...


1) pick the spot to super crop.. ideally you want 3 to 5 node sets before starting.. start in between the top two nodes... to begin with... as the super cropping works and more and more branches appear at the top of the plant you can do more and more branches...
2) between your thumb and pointer finger you want to gently crush the stem... yes that is an oxymoron of sorts... the main thing is you dont want to sever the plant when doing this.. so care should be taken... you will feel the stem give way when done....

3) once you have the stem softened with your fingers where they are turn your hand 90 degrees (1/4 turn) and do the same thing at the same spot... the idea is to soften the stem completely around it....

4) once the stem is soft bend it over so it lays flat... if when you go to bend it the stem is still stiff just simply work the stem between your fingers to soften it more... it should bend easily when done.. if there are small vertical tears in the stem it will be ok... nothing on the plant will die.. just do the best you can to not break the top part of the super crop off the plant.. i have done this myself.... unintentionally topping a plant is not cool... lol

5) now let the plant go.. over the next few days the top will begin to upright itself.. over time you will notice the lower growth growing upwards more and more... the more you super crop during vegetative growth more the results will be!!

the more tops you have the more tops you can do.. here is a picture of the same plant after i was done with her...
its important to remember that super cropping will cause your plants to be quite bushy... in smaller places this can be a problem.. just take that into consideration as you are super cropping...

now i have yet to over super crop a plant.. i have counted up to 35 tops on one plant before i stopped counting... so dont be afraid your plant will suffer.. yes, it does cause some stress.. but relatively little.. as long as the stems arent breaking or tops are getting torn off the plant will be just fine...

Kommentare:

  1. Dang, thats one nice looking plant :D

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  2. Very interesting, never heard of this before

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  3. I understood this. I feel smart.

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  4. wouw! guess you can do this to every plant, if you want it to be bigger ^^

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  5. I will definetly start supercroping... my jalapeno. Haha.

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