Basically, you’re stressing the plant to produce more, and they will comply. It’s very critical to know when to top, though. For instance, photoperiod plants are topped in their vegetative stage when the plant is still growing. Similarly, autoflowers need to be topped when they are in their growing stage.
LST is nothing but Low-Stress With this method, you’re stressing the plants very minimally to induce more buds. It also helps if you have plants like Pineapple Express that tend to grow very tall. In a way, you’re not only making the plant yield more, but you’re also reducing the vertical space.
Many cannabis growers hesitate to train their autoflowering cannabis plants. This is because they worry about stunted growth. Typically, an autoflowering plant does well even without training. It is possible to get great yields even if you leave the plant alone. However, you can increase the yields if you employ certain techniques at the right time.
LST can be done both indoors and outdoors. However, plants growing indoors will appreciate it more. Outdoors plants have ample space and will grow no matter what you do. But growers usually face space constraints indoors and since LST helps you conserve space by reducing the vertical growth, you will benefit more.
LST is better than other techniques because it doesn’t stress the plant too much. With autoflowers, it’s a good idea to train less since you might stunt the plant if you overdo anything. Since autoflowers have a preset cycle, it may not have a lot of time to recover if you stress them a lot. So, take fewer risks and stick to the plan.
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Many growers perform LST even when they don’t understand what it entails. I recommend that you first understand what the method is, rather than simply trying it. Basically, cannabis plants perform in such a way that it produces as many leaves as possible. As the flowering starts, the main goal of the plant is to create a lot of flowers.
FIM stands for Fuck, I Missed, and this method originated when a grower who attempted to top his plants failed miserably. He failed to cut the tip of the plant entirely but was successful with FIMming. He let the plant grow as usual but was surprised when the plant developed several colas instead of two as he had originally planned.
The lower parts get more exposure to light once the main stem is pushed to the side. This way, all the parts get enough light and thus produce more flowers.
Many cannabis growers hesitate to train their autoflowering cannabis plants. This is because they worry about stunted growth. Typically, an autoflowering plant
• Plants will develop a bushy and wide profile once L.S.T is performed.
3. L.S.T only needs to be performed once during the first 4 weeks to obtain the desired outcome. It is possible to tie to all of the side branches with some cultivars, allowing for a very bushy and dense-growing autoflower.
2. When using string to tie plants, it is best to use a thick twine that is not able to slice through the stem as it grows. You will also want to make sure in the event of an emergency, you can easily cut the twine away and easily remove it.
• Using twine or thin metal wire works best and can be removed in an emergency.
• Growth hormone Auxin is responsible for the vertical growth of plants.
4. Tying autoflowering plants down too late into flowers can have negative effects. Unless you are purposely growing your plants as low as possible due to stealth reasons outdoors, then we do not advise flowering plants with such a short height.
Unlike super-cropping, or topping which are classed as high-stress techniques, L.S.T is an inexpensive and excellent way for beginner growers to become more hands-on with their plants, reducing plant height and increasing production.
• Different cultivars will be more adapted to low stress training than others.
Cannabis plants naturally grow with an apical dominance, meaning they will always produce one central cola with side branches. By applying L.S.T to Cannabis plants, the production of the growth hormone Auxin is cut short, allowing the growth energy to be converted into a lateral growth. This is particularly convenient when attempting to control the final height, for those who are limited with growing space, prefer a low-profile plant for decoration purposes, or plan to grow in a Sea of Green scenario.
Applying plant training techniques at the right times, with the right cultivar can really increase the size of the canopy, the growth structure and overall yiel