Are you looking for some tricks to the marijuana-growing trade? Are you interested in what you can do to produce the largest, most potent crop possible? You should consider looking into super cropping your marijuana plants.
Super cropping marijuana plants is a simple process that any grower can do, but it will take practice to get good at it. Not only is it a simple process, but the benefits and results from it are incredible.
What is Super Cropping?
There are several different tricks that growers use to improve their crops. Super cropping is a high-stress training (HST) technique that growers use to increase resin production in their marijuana plants–slightly less traumatic for the plants than Monster Cropping.
Through this process, the grower will purposely stress and injure the stems of the plant in a strategic way to induce the plant’s natural response of resin production without damaging it to the point where the plant dies. Super cropping can be done to any marijuana plant except those that are autoflowering plants. This may seem counterproductive but just trust us.
The resin of the marijuana plant is what contains cannabinoids, including THC and CBD. So naturally, the more resin the plant creates the more THC and CBD the buds will contain. The resin is produced by marijuana plants in response to trauma or stress to help fight disease, pests, dehydration, or physical trauma.
The controlled physical damage done through super cropping stimulates the production of resin.
The Process of Super Cropping
This is actually a very easy thing to do, but not necessarily an easy technique to master. Super cropping marijuana plants is the process in which the grower will snap and bend the stem without breaking it.
The stem is pinched and then it is bent in the desired horizontal direction. The stem should be bent about two-thirds of the way up the stem. Once it is bent where you want it, you should lightly tie it off so that it will continue to grow horizontally.
Once the stem is bent, it is going to produce more branches on the side of the bent stem. This is going to maximize the number of colas that can be grown on a single plant. The more leaves and colas that you get, the more buds you will produce, and thus a bigger yield.
Less experienced growers can break or bruise the stems more than they intended to, but this is easily fixed by taping the broken stem. Check after a week or so to see if the stem has repaired itself. Oh, the beauty of nature and its reparative properties.
Depending on what you are looking to get out of super cropping your marijuana plants, determines when you should do it. If you are looking to keep your plants more compact while still being able to produce the most leaves and colas possible, you will want to super crop during the vegetative state.
If you are looking to just increase resin production, you will want to do it a few weeks before your harvest. It is during this time that the plant naturally produces the most resin. You can take full advantage of this resin production period by super cropping your marijuana plants at this time.
The Benefits of Super Cropping Marijuana Plants
There are several benefits that growers find from super cropping.
Increased Resin Production
We have already talked about the most obvious benefit of increasing resin production but let’s go into a little more detail about this. The stems and leaves have millions of resin glands, and these glands are stimulated by things like the physical stress and trauma of super cropping. This resin is excreted and then is warmed by the sun and drips all over the leaves and buds of the plant.
This is the process that you want to take advantage of. The more resin that you can get to coat your plant through super cropping, the more potent your buds will be as they will be supersaturated and coated in resin.
Bushier, More Compact Plants
Many growers are working with limited space for their grow operation. By super cropping your marijuana plant, you force the plant to grow outward more than it will grow upwards, which will lend the plant to being more compact. This can be especially helpful when growing Sativa strains as they are known to grow taller than Indica strains.
If this is one of the goals that you are looking to achieve, super cropping should be done during the vegetative state. During this state, the plant is growing like a weed (pardon the pun) creating healthy stems and leaves. You will want to train the plant early to grow into the size and shape that you want it to.
Many times, the canopy of the plant can shade much of the lower parts of the plants. If you force the plant to grow wider, you will expand the surface area that will get touched by light. This allows more of the plant to get the light that it needs without having to actually cut anything off. This widening of the plant allows the light to penetrate as deeply as possible.
Every grower wants to get the most that they can out of their crop. Marijuana super cropping will do just this. Because you are increasing the surface area that is being touched by light, you are increasing the number of leaves and branches that will come from that stem. This will then result in more colas and buds from a single plant.
Super cropping is not a difficult process, it is just all about practice. You will want to try it out during the vegetative state first so that you can make sure that you are going to get the response that you are looking for. It is smart to do it in this stage because if more serious damage occurs, it is much easier to repair it with tape during this stage.
Once you figure out the process, you can do it during any stage of the plant’s growth to get the result that you are looking for. You can do it multiple times to a plant to get all of the great benefits from super cropping your marijuana plants.
Do it early to keep it compact and wide and do it a few weeks prior to harvest to gain the most potent buds possible.