Apart from issues with quantity, these B-grade buds are less concentrated and do not have the sales appeal of their better grown counterparts. For obvious reasons, commercial grow operations avoid popcorn buds at all costs.
Using lollypopping and ScrOG together is one of the best ways of guaranteeing connoisseur style, A-grade bud.
With all that said, if there is an upside to popcorn buds, it’s that they induce the same effects as fully grown buds, just in smaller concentrations.
Even experienced growers can succumb to this condition. However, many learn to minimise popcorn buds as they discover exactly what seems to triggers its reaction. The number one reason plants develop popcorn buds is stress. In many cases, excessive heat acts as the most aggressive stressor, causing flowers to form wispy and loose buds.
Popcorn buds are a product of environmental stress on growing cannabis plants. By carefully pruning your plants as they flower, you can avoid this condition. Read on to learn about other techniques on how to avoid popcorn buds and maximise bud density and yield.
Popcorn buds are buds that grow about the size of popcorn – not too difficult of a concept to grasp. Unfortunately, these tiny, fluffy flowers never develop into actual nuggets. Instead, they remain a frustratingly small size to most cultivators. Often, popcorn buds can be found on the lower-most branches of your cannabis plants.
To better your odds of creating a successful ScrOG and eliminating the chance of popcorn buds, you should consider growing strains that are optimised for this technique. Below, we take a look at some of the best varieties available:
Indoor growers of course have much more control over the environment. Make sure your environmental controls are accurate and that you check them often. Changing the distance between grow lights and plants is an option for cultivators worried that they might be forming undesirable buds.
Well-spaced plants are more likely to produce healthy bud. This is also why pruning is important. Some plants have larger leaves than others. Trimming them back is the best way to avoid starving lower bud sites of light and encouraging popcorn buds to form.
Popcorn buds refer to small, loosely formed flowers. But, they can be easily avoided using certain kinds of growing techniques like ScrOG and lollypopping.