Training & Pruning:
Once your clones have developed adequate branches, it's time to start training them before we move them
into the ScrOG setup. It's best to train the branches in a 'T' as apposed to the normal 'V' formation,
the reason behind this is to spread the branches over a wider area and more branch control,
we do this by using the twist ties. You will need to leave the twist ties on the branches for roughly a 2-3 week period,add another week if your clones are growing slowly or the branches are soft.
When the clones have adequate new outward and upward growth, it's time to move them into the setup
and start developing the screen of green.
When the branches have reach the length of the screen in the direction they are growing, you will need to tip
the end of the main branches, this will help upward branch growth into the screen. The next step is training
branch growth that the buds will form on which will eventually be all colas, using twist ties, tie the branches
to the screen facing upward to the light and make them as straight as possible. Without using twist ties,
the branches will grow upward on an angle and may result in less yield due to some branches not
receiving adequate lighting.
Any lower growth below the third or second nodes should be removed, due to the upper growth,
not much light will be getting to them, this bottom growth is commonly called 'suckers' because they take
nutrients away from the upper growth and can slow the upward branch growth.
After some time, the branches that the buds will form on will eventually grow to a decent height,
we now need to top these upward growing branches so we have even uniform growth.
These branches will eventually stretch when the lighting period is switched to flower (12/12),
during the flowering period, don't not perform anymore topping or tipping, but with all our previous work,
everything should grow evenly and not much more work is needed, only sparse maintenance until
the grow is completed. Here's a few examples of the training process:
- Side-view showing the training process.
- Yellow Circles; These are the tips of the branches.
Red Arrows; Shows the direction where we want the branching to grow too.
- Over-head view showing the training process.