The Art of Plant Training and SCROG: Grow Bigger and Better

As a gardener with years of experience, I have worked with a wide variety of plants, from vegetables to herbs and even the plant we all love. Training your plants is a critical part of gardening, and it involves manipulating the growth of your plants to produce healthier, more robust yields. In this article, I will share some techniques for training different plants.

Let's start with tomatoes are one of the most popular garden plants, and training them is crucial for a successful harvest. There are several techniques for training tomatoes, including staking, caging, and trellising.

- Staking: Staking involves using a stake to support the main stem of the tomato plant, tying it loosely to the stake with twine or plant ties. This helps keep the plant upright and allows for better air circulation, which can prevent diseases. Staking is a great option for smaller tomato varieties, such as cherry tomatoes.

- Caging: Caging involves using a wire cage to support the tomato plant. This technique is best for larger tomato varieties, providing more support and allowing the plant to grow taller. Caging also keeps the fruit off the ground, preventing rot and pest infestations.

- Trellising: Trellising involves using a trellis or netting to support the tomato plant. This technique is best for indeterminate tomato varieties, which can grow quite tall. Trellising allows the plant to grow vertically, which can save space in your garden and make it easier to harvest your tomatoes.

The plant we all love:

Another versatile plant that can be grown for both recreational and medicinal purposes. Training this plant involves manipulating the growth of the plant to maximize yield and quality.

- Topping: Topping involves removing the top growth of the plant, which encourages the growth of lateral branches. This technique can increase yield and improve the quality of the buds.

- LST (Low-Stress Training): LST involves bending and tying down the branches of the cannabis plant. This technique allows the plant to grow wider instead of taller, which can improve yield and prevent the plant from getting too tall.

- SCROG (Scree of green): More on this technique below.

Other Plants

There are many other plants that can benefit from training, including cucumbers, melons, and beans.

Trellising: Trellising is a great option for climbing plants like cucumbers and beans. This technique can save space in your garden and prevent the fruit from touching the ground, preventing rot and pest infestations.

Pruning: Pruning involves removing unwanted growth from the plant, such as suckers on tomato plants or extra branches on melon vines. This can improve yield and quality by directing the plant's energy to the most productive areas.

In conclusion, training your plants is a critical part of gardening, and there are many techniques that can help you maximize your yield and quality. Whether you are growing tomatoes, cannabis, or other plants, there is a training technique that can help you get the most out of your garden. By experimenting with different techniques and finding what works best for your plants, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest and a beautiful garden.

The ultimate training: SCROG

The Screen of Green (SCROG) training technique is a popular method used by many growers to improve yields and maximize light distribution in their plants. It involves using a screen or netting to create a horizontal canopy of buds that grow at the same height, resulting in more even light distribution and a higher yield.

The SCROG technique begins by growing the plant to a desired height and then placing a screen or netting over the plant. The screen is typically supported by stakes or wires and is positioned about 12 to 18 inches above the plant but if you are in a tent you can also use support bars such as those in the Growbuds SCROG trellis netting 

As the plant grows, the branches are trained to grow through the holes in the screen, which helps create an even canopy of buds.

One of the primary benefits of the SCROG technique is that it maximizes the use of available light. By creating an even canopy of buds, the light is distributed more evenly across the plant, and each bud receives the same amount of light. This can help prevent light burn and improve the quality of the buds, resulting in a higher yield.

Another benefit of the SCROG technique is that it allows for better air circulation around the plant, which can help prevent mold and other fungal diseases. By creating an even canopy of buds, the air can circulate more freely around the plant, preventing stagnant air pockets and reducing the risk of disease.

The SCROG technique also makes it easier to manage the plant's height and shape. By training the branches to grow through the screen, the plant is kept at a consistent height and shape, making it easier to manage and maintain. This can be particularly helpful for indoor growers who have limited space and need to keep their plants at a manageable size.

How can someone easily implement this in a grow tent?

Implementing the Screen of Green (SCROG) technique in a grow tent is relatively easy and can be done by following these steps:

  1. Install a screen or netting: The first step is to install a screen or netting in your grow tent. The screen should be positioned about 12 to 18 inches. You can use a screen made specifically for SCROG training such as this, or you can create your own using string or netting.
  2. Train the branches: Once the screen is in place, you can start training the branches of your plants to grow through the holes in the screen. As the plants grow, gently bend the branches and weave them through the holes in the screen, making sure each branch has its own space. This will create an even canopy of buds that will grow at the same height.
  3. Prune the lower branches: To prevent the lower branches from wasting energy and nutrients, you can prune them off. This will allow the plant to focus its energy on the buds that are growing through the screen.
  4. Adjust the screen as necessary: As your plants grow, you may need to adjust the screen to accommodate their growth. You can raise the screen higher as the plants get taller, or you can move the screen closer to the plants to encourage growth in certain areas.
  5. Provide proper lighting: To maximize the benefits of the SCROG technique, it's essential to provide proper lighting. Make sure the lights are positioned at the correct height above the canopy, and use a timer to ensure the plants receive the right amount of light each day.

By following these steps, you can easily implement the SCROG training technique in your grow tent. Just make sure to do your research and adjust your technique as necessary to ensure the best possible results.