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907stephen started grow question 5 years ago
Does tying down branches make a huge difference in quantity? Why wouldnt you perform LST? My plants are super bushy, at what point do they start to take off vertically? Thanks!
1st grow
4 weeks
1st grow 907stephen
+1 strain
8 comments · 5 years ago
Week 2
Techniques. Defoliation
Stick answered grow question 5 years ago
Hi @907stephen! Final yield is related to : plant's structure, number of bud sites, and the size/weight of the colas. In order to maximize buds sites and get a beautiful structure with big colas, you'll need to do some slight LST so the light will cover every part of the plant. From what I see in your diary, your baby is too young / too short to work on LST now. However, there's something you can do to renforce it's "bushy" aspect : ponytail her! Ponytailing is basically bringing the top leaves together and wrapping them with a rope/wire/clothespin. Doing this a few hours everyday will allow bottom stems to develop better/faster, and in the end you'll get a really bushy baby with almost all of the branches at the same height (flat canopy). I've been doing this recently on my 'blackberry' diary, take a look at the first weeks this might help you understand this process. Also be warned, many growers do confound LST and bending/trellising : when you work with LST, you need to bend the stems progressively, a few inches a day, and never exceed a 45° angle with an autoflowering strain, otherwise you'll stunt her and slow down her growth. Hope this helps, I'll be around, keep us up-to-date and happy growing!
ShaggyGrower answered grow question 5 years ago
One ties higher up branches down so the lower branches think they're the terminal/apex/top bud/node and grow faster - this helps create a flat canopy (the inverse of the normal Christmas tree shape). You want as many bud sites on the same level as the canopy for lots of fat buds because they're getting great light.
ChillumMafia answered grow question 5 years ago
The plant is healthy.:muscle: You can already do LST.. good luck friend
Kindbudz answered grow question 5 years ago
LST is very helpful for indoor growers. It creates a nice even canopy for the budsites and give the buds a chance to produce and develop evenly along the canopy. Light does deteriorate in its intensity the further away it gets. I highly advise especially for autos to use LST. As far as vertical growth is concerned you can expect to see rapid vertical growth in the first few weeks of flower. It is not uncommon for plants to grow 2-3 times its size when in flower and usually stops growing in height around week 4 of flower. Hopefully this was informative and helpful and best of luck to you on your grow!
Thegermling509 answered grow question 5 years ago
Yes, tying down (lst) done properly, increases the amount of light each branch gets. It evens out the canopy. Each bud that gets equal amount of light, grows equally (except in grows where the light is one source, like a one cob grow).
Removed answered grow question 5 years ago
It makes a huge difference indoors. Why? Because the intensity of the light decreases super fast the further away you are; for example, if the top cola is at 4 inches away from the light and the other colas are 8 inches away, those colas will get only 25% of the intensity the other is getting and will amount to very pitiful buds.
Usually they take off verticaly during the stretch, between weeks 3 and 6.