Super cropping is also the term for a technique called HST or High-Stress Training when you stress the plant by injuring it partially in a designed manner. This technique turns the cannabis plant to grow more bush, produce more buds, and maybe, even potent levels of THC! This is the inevitable reaction of the plant to defend itself from the wild environment in case things go wrong.
Super Cropping, How Does it Work?
To grasp how super cropping actually works, you need to learn why marijuana plants produce resin. In the wild, marijuana plants produce resin for their own protection. This resin includes a number of chemicals, such as THC and CBD compounds. And the stronger the resin, the more cannabinoids it contains.
The plant’s leaves and buds have thousands of small glands, and each is a factory of droplets of resin. The sun’s heat softens the resin and turns it into a protective cover all the buds and leaves. With this method, the plant defends itself from drought, cold temperatures, and pests, and bugs.
If a marijuana plant is harmed, the defensive mechanism will be activated, and more resin will be developed to defend itself. Growers like us can use this to our benefit by doing the right thing: to carefully harm the plant, which is simply what we do when we make super crops. A lot of cannabis growers who super crop their plants a few weeks before harvest were able to increase their yield. We have done it many times before, too.
Another significant use of super crop is to make the plants bigger, so they can be more effective in utilizing light. The half of the plant is snapped by super cropping so that a top portion is a horizontal plane. Both side branches are to expand upwards, producing a greater surface area. If you are permitted to grow only a limited number of plants, this is a useful process.
We use this method sometimes when our plants grow too close to the lamp, and we can’t hang up the lamp any higher. Mainly Sativa dominant strains are renowned for their being able to get very high. It’s always hard to predict how long they’ll keep developing after pushing them into the flowering stage. And if your plants get too tall and grow too close to your lamp, there’s always a choice for super cropping.
What are the Things You Need in Cannabis Super Cropping
- Fingers to hurt your cannabis
- A pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands from sticky stalks because of the resin production
- Duct tape for emergency purposes
- Zip ties or cable ties or any other garden ties such as trellis, cages, netting, or stakes
- A little bit of cannabis cultivation experience
- If you don’t have the experience, that’s fine. You can watch video tutorials about super cropping
Some Tips Before You Do Super Cropping
- Super cropping may work with short cannabis plants, but it is extremely difficult. There should be a good amount of distance between nodes since that is required for the growth of new branches.
- Auto-flowering plants, fantastic as they may be, will not do well with super cropping. Their growth is at such a speed that it does not allow the branches to recover from intentional injury or stress.
- Three to four weeks into the vegetative stage is the ideal time for super cropping. The cannabis plant must be healthy, not suffering from pest attacks or disease, and has grown some sets of leaves and nodes already. More or less 12 inches is the ideal height.
- In choosing a branch, it should at least be soft and has an upward growth projection. Woody branches and stalks are not ideal for intentional injury as they are too brittle and easily break.
- Super cropping your cannabis plant for more than once is permissible. If you’ve already done that to a branch, crop it at the equivalent height.
Super Cropping Instructions
1. Choose the High-quality Branches of Your Cannabis Plant for Super Cropping
The vegetative stage is the best time for super crop cultivation. This stage is the time your cannabis plants have grown several healthy branches and develop vigorously until it is entirely in the flowering process. Selecting the pieces of the cannabis plants that are aged is important when doing a super-cropping. Of course, you have to make sure certain pieces are pliable or ‘bendy’ anyway.
Apply the super cropping technique to green parts, and not to wood-like areas such as the base of the main stalk of the plant. Implement super crops at the same site for cannabis plants with several colas. You need to super-crop the greener and more pliable growth on the top portion of the plant when there’s only one main cola. You have to build a flat canopy upstairs. Be sure no stems stand out higher than the other parts of the plant.
2. Hurt the Branches in a Subtle Way
Your intention is to do damage to the cannabis plant’s inner tissue without damaging the ‘leaf’ outside, making the stem very flexible. In doing so, you can turn it easily in the direction you want it to expand. Perform it with strong pressure right between your thumb and forefinger, while taking the branch and squeezing it. Use it as if you are attempting to smash the stem in the portion or direction you want to bend the branch to. This will loosen the joint that you’re about to create.
You will need to wiggle the stem slowly back and forth between your fingers for about 10 seconds. Just keep the pressure on and relax it whenever you want to bend it. Wiggle the stem until it feels loose to the touch. Bend gently and slowly over the stem in the direction you wish, then lock it in place. You will need to wiggle the stem slowly back and forth between your fingers for about 10 seconds. Just keep the pressure on and relax it whenever you want to bend it. Wiggle the stem until it feels loose to the touch. Bend gently and slowly over the stem in the direction you wish, then lock it in place. Wiggle it back and forth for 1 minute as you compress or pinch the stem in between your fingers for a stiffer stem. Bend the stem without scratching the surface. Don’t push them. Other growers catch each branch, quickly snapping it.
Nevertheless, using this technique will possibly snap the tissue outside, without a clip. Cannabis plants are resilient, so if you don’t bend hard enough, the super crop site can bounce back within a few hours. You need to protect the stem down using links to prevent this from happening.
You’ll know when the cannabis plant seems to be quite ‘torn’ that you succeeded. It will rest at an angle of about 90 degrees, where you bent it initially. The branch will, of course, remain down. The stem will remain at a constant angle of 90 °, so you will ensure the outer tissue stays intact. Securing the stem back down is critical because it will come up again in a few days. No matter how you cultivate your cannabis plants good, this method allows your plants to cultivate larger and better leaves and colas.
3. Repair Any Overdoing Using Tapes
Since the cannabis plant’s exterior skin is still intact and complete, you don’t even need duct tape. When you’re going crazy a little bit, though, duct tape is very useful to protect your cannabis plant. You may also use any tape to facilitate proper healing as long as it is solid, most particularly if there are cracks or slits outside the stem. If you don’t see those signs, the stem should be covered. You can even turn it back up just in a few days. Standard zip bonds or twisty plant ties are perfect! The position where you bend and grow a big knot serves as a permanent band-assistance. It uses it to distribute nutrients and water to your plants so that they can grow healthy and stable.
4. Check the Health Status
Wait about seven days until you cut some tape. Keep in mind that it is only natural for stem tissues to display signs of discoloration, particularly around the healing sites. If the healing site looks gray and completely injured, put the tape back until the defensive ‘knuckle’ develops. All standard procedures are retained, such as the transfer of water and nutrients, as long as the tape is reinforced. Only tie any branch that straightens using low-stress training or LST techniques. Once they’re super clipped, the stems are quickly motivated to give in to your will.
Super cropping is one of the easiest training techniques you could utilize in growing marijuana plants. It is, moreover, one of the most effective methods to maximize production with very high yield and resin quality.