I don't know if those are available for sale in the US, but they are more along the lines of LST. Cracking and crunching is part of the advantages of supercropping. The plant knuckles where the damage is and increases the number of pathways that nutrients flow through to the tops on that branch above the bend. Many growers find their biggest colas on the ends of sc'd branches.
No adverse affects when doing this? I was crawling under my plants the other day and noticed some larf the could be remove, but hesitated because I didn't want to add any undue stress.even two weeks from harvest (#nolarf)!
Whats the latest you tried this ?And you can supercrop 3 weeks into flower,
Going to have to make a point of trying this next season, not space restrictions but for the other benefits.There is no downside to supercropping unless it's done so late in flower that the plant doesn't have time to repair the bend before harvest.
Not at all! Sorry I wasn't around this weekend. Busy all day Saturday, UFC with my son Saturday night, bonked my head gardening on Sunday and spent most of the rest of the day in bed.hope you don't mind
None. Any time you pull larf off the plant it will stop trying to make that larf into something. #nolarfNo adverse affects when doing this?
I wouldn't recommend doing it after much after stretch as Scotty mentioned, but if you have a leader heading for the lights I would do it even later, as long as you support it. I've seen it done without damage later as well.Whats the latest you tried this ?
No worries, answers are all ways at your earliest convenience. Sh!t bro were you in the ufc ring ..Not at all! Sorry I wasn't around this weekend. Busy all day Saturday, UFC with my son Saturday night, bonked my head gardening on Sunday and spent most of the rest of the day in bed.
Oh my, good to hear you rested and made it to dinner.Thanks Konks! I have post-concussion syndrome from a major concussion I got back in 2012. Even the slightest bump to the noggin (what most folks wouldn't even think twice about) can take me out of commission for a few hours at least. Except for dinner (which is Brooklyn 99 time!) I spent the rest of Sunday watching (and sleeping through) recorded soccer games from UEFA Champions League and Barnwood Builders reruns.
Great post, thank you. I have 6 plants now in Veg I'd like to try a few using your guide. I'm wondering if you might get a photo of the lower plants showing the bend at maturity? I'd love to see how this plays out - watching!Anyone interested in a bit on supercropping? Here is my introduction to the technique. I don't deal so much on the actual way to perform a supercrop, but the reasons and places to do it:
DISCLAIMER: This is high stress plant training and I do not recommend it for an autoflower plant. Not that you won't see people do it to theirs, I just don't recommend it. It definitely slows down the plant while it recovers.
Supercropping is a technique where you bend the stem at something close to a 90º angle, snapping the internal fibers of the plant in the process. It can be done in flower, though it's usually performed in veg. There are loads of videos on how to do it so I won't go into a detailed description. Generally, you squeeze the stem where you want the bend to be until you feel the plant's tissue give way, and then lay the upper part of the branch over at a right angle.
With thinner or woodier stems that are harder to crush, I rock them back and forth over my thumbnail until they soften enough to lay over.
The stem eventually forms a "knuckle" at the bend, and it increases the nutrient pathways to the top part of that branch. That's not usually why we do it, but it's another positive result. And if done early in flower (like at the end of stretch when you know who are the leaders), it can result in larger buds on that branch.
Now let's talk about why we supercrop our plants. The traditional reason is that it keeps the plant canopy level, making all your potential bud-sites the same distance from the lights. In this instance, the leaders are bent at the level of the rest of the canopy, usually toward the outside edge of the tent so as not to cover lower growth.
But there are other reasons to use this technique, for both indoor and outdoor growers (who don't need a level canopy).
Besides leveling the canopy, here are two additional reasons to supercrop.
First, to greatly increase the number of bud-sites. Every time you flatten a branch, everything that would have been larf can now become a new top. Here is where I bent an AK-47 branch:
And here is how many new tops were created by that one bend:
All of that lower growth will now head directly toward the light.
[Note that when you are thinning your undergrowth, keep the supercrop option in mind. If you strip everything underneath there will be no shoots to grow new tops. So if you plan on supercropping, thin with the future in mind.]
And second, supercropping to make room for other supercropping! In this example I bent branch that has no lower branches to grow up, but I've bent it away to clear room to bend a different branch that does have lower branches that I want to expose. (Read the boxes in numbered order so it makes sense.):
If I had just bent the top branch it would have covered the bud-sites on the lower branch, so I bent that out of the way first.
And I will often bend a branch into the middle of a plant so the plant doesn't get too wide, as long as there is an empty spot to fill in, or some weak growth below you will be pruning at some point anyway. You can see an example of that here:
Top left was supercropped inward to keep it within the existing outer circle of the plant, and middle left was cropped outward to fill in the space.
One last trick, for those crops that refuse to stay down, attach a small binder clip to a paper clip and hang that from the branch (you can just make out the paper clip at the arrow):
Two final pics. This is an AK-47 where I used all these techniques:
6.3 ounces and Plant of the Month!
Hope it helps DRey! Check out this post here where I show the the bones after harvest. It gives you a good idea of what supercropping can do.Great post, thank you. I have 6 plants now in Veg I'd like to try a few using your guide. I'm wondering if you might get a photo of the lower plants showing the bend at maturity? I'd love to see how this plays out - watching!
Great post, thank you. I have 6 plants now in Veg I'd like to try a few using your guide. I'm wondering if you might get a photo of the lower plants showing the bend at maturity? I'd love to see how this plays out - watching!