Thanks, Dick. We already owned 2 of them so I already knew they were good but thanks for the thumbs up.
I really do think that going up in smaller increments is better and easier to manage the water and nutrients. I have seen some jump right into much larger containers. My biggest worry with larger containers is how easy it is to get excess water causing root rot.Should I transplant them to the prepared 1-gallon pots or should I prepare their final pots (5 gallon) and transplant them to that instead?
No! Start to bend those over as soon as you move them to the 1 gallon pots. They're already really tall. It's easy to re-tie the restraints to the bigger pot after the final move.Thanks, guys. So, should I wait to perform any LSTing until they're in their final pots?
Great! Thanks, everyone. Transplanting to 1-gallon pots will take place tomorrow. I will bury the main stems as far as I can.
Hope your headache goes away and your knee feels better soon HG.Transplanting did not happen today as my knee was too sore and I was too tired because I didn't sleep well last night and woke up with a headache. I napped this afternoon and feel a little better. Still have a bit of a headache, though.
Hopefully, tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
I have to disagree with you there MG.you can wait to do LST training as long as the plant is still flexible.
The main point of LST is to redirect the growth hormones to the lower nodes by making the plant think it doesn't have an apical stem. That's accomplished by pulling the top below the lower nodes, and the sooner you do that, the sooner the plant will turn those lowers into tops.The key benefit to doing it earlier would be to have a level canopy based on what is available to bend at the time and build off of that. What I mean is as long as you can bend them later, you can do it whenever you would like and shape it how you wish
Agree 100% although I think you can wait as long as they are flexible, you are losing a major benefit that you describe here. Had to clarify between what is possible and what is ideal. I agree 100%Hope you're feeling better and better as the day goes on. Naps for the win!
I have to disagree with you there MG.
The main point of LST is to redirect the growth hormones to the lower nodes by making the plant think it doesn't have an apical stem. That's accomplished by pulling the top below the lower nodes, and the sooner you do that, the sooner the plant will turn those lowers into tops.
The sooner the better for LST, once the plant is tall enough to get the top lower than the lowers. And HG is well past that point now!