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Sirius_Appleleaf started grow question 3 years ago
I'm curious about LST techniques that will increase my yield. How and when should I begin?
Code name: Detroit Red
8 weeks
Code name: Detroit Red Sirius_Appleleaf
Crystal METH
22 comments · 3 years ago
Week 4
Techniques. Defoliation
DissNoof answered grow question 3 years ago
so LST on autos is pretty straightforward actually : the autos grow so hard and so fast they "stiffen" up really quickly. People will say it's never too late to train a plant, but this is not true for autos, leave it too late and you'll hurt your yield ! You want to start asap, i saw someone start on week 2 lol, i did mine week 3, people that wait until week 4 and 5 hurt their yield (as have i in the past). So when you want to train your auto, always think of two things : "why ?" and "how? ". Why are you training the plant ? to increase yield. How do you increase yield ? 1 . by breaking apex dominance for example training the main cola lower. 2. promoting side branching by "creating and even canopy" and 3. promoting larger bigger colas through light penetration. so what you want to do is bend the plant so the side branches take off, bend it towards the light so more light hits it. It sounds silly but basically when the plant feels light on it's stems and stalks and where the leaves connect, it "feels" it's grown tall enough and grows out the side branches, which down the line if you can get it all even with the main, means bigger yields. basically that's the point, during veg, try keeping the fan leaves downwards, avoid shadows/shady areas, and bed the top to break apex dominance best you can. Hope this helps ! :rocket:
Experimentgreen answered grow question 3 years ago
Begin as soon as possible. Even if that means just doing a very light tie down of the the plant in a 90 degree angle. Then you can slowly tie down additional branches. Lots of people have different patterns that work for them and they're all helpful at keeping your plants shorter and flatter canopy. But if you wait too long the stems become woody and awfully hard to bend...or like me you end up snapping a branch because i waited too long.
I think the most important thing I've learned so time spent planning, is not time wasted. Evaluate the space you have to work with and then build from there.:v:
The_Projexx answered grow question 3 years ago
LST starts early on , as for the techniques to do it there are LOADS and LOADS so for that part you gotta do a bit of research and try techniques until you find one you like that works well for you . Typically you wanna LST to train your plants to grow a certain way and shape along with exposing more nodes to light increasing the production of tops that will give you bud . I dont LST till about week 6 because the technique I use allows me to place the tops were I want them for maximum light exposure as well as expose new nodes to light so they grow out making me more bud sites . So at the end of the day the "when" to start LST is based on preference as well as to the "how" being that there are various techniques . I hope this information helps shed some light on the LST technique and the benefits it brings . -Happy Growing!