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KrashAndBurn started grow question 3 years ago
When do you guys recommend to start training your plants (topping,LST,HST) and what do you guys think are the best tricks for getting a higher yeild.
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Removed answered grow question 3 years ago
If we are talking about an auto strain, then the window of oportunity to TOP is very narrow, after the 4th node, why? because after the 5th pair of leaves fully opens, then flowering starts. The time to TOP a regular strain depends on how many plants per sq ft you are going to grow; I would suggest trying to get between 8 to 16 tops per sq ft, that would mean TOPing above the 4th node at the very earliest or the 8th node; LST should start as soon as the stems are long enough to tying them down. HST, I assume you mean supper cropping I use as a mean when some TOP (usually the main one) needs their height be brought under control and is not responding well to LST. The best tip for a good yield would be to use all 3 trainings to keep a canopy as even as possible so all tops are at the same height; get the lights as close as possible while keeping th eheat in check; have a good wet / dry cycle (4 to 5 days is what I aim for my waterings to last).
Stick answered grow question 3 years ago
Hi @KrashAndBurn ! Auto: top at 3rd node then give the branches some space by pulling them away from the main stem. Regular: same process but you can wait to see node n°5 then top at node n°3, this will dramatically speed up the recovery and new growth should come out very quickly. There's no magic trick yet to get a higher yield, just a combination of good cares, good environment, continuous surveillance and a complete prevention strategy. If I could give you one "magic" advice, I would speak about VPD (Vapour Pressure Deficit), and the plant breathing/sweating process, this chart will give you a good idea of what it is: http://www.just4growers.com/media/23631/vpd_2degree.gif, basically try to stick into the green zone and you will have a successful yield :sunglasses: Hope this will help, keep us up-to-date and happy growing :facepunch:
The_Projexx answered grow question 3 years ago
Usually people will start training their plants 4th node and up and you should take into consideration when topping to do it at the 5-6th node on photo period and 4th node on auto's , You wanna ensure your tap root is long enough if you do it to early your tap root won't be long enough and you're growth will be slower . So basically the answer is any sort of training should be done from the 4th node up except for wind training ( running a fan on your plants ) you can start that pretty early so the stocks grow big and robust ! Idealy you wanna keep your canopy even but this isnt the case for most people so if you cant obtain that perfect level of even don't sweat it you're still going to be in good shape . I hope this information serves you well on your journey through your grow ! Happy Growing!
OutForReal answered grow question 3 years ago
Hello ! I would start training between the 5th and the 7th node and not before because a lst is useless before this stage exept if you plan to do a main lining and also because your plant are not strong enough before the 5th node. I hope it will help you :grin::+1: