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Super cropping – the what, the when, and the why?
Sounds like a good name for a band as, after all, you’ve got Supergrass and Supertramp to pave the way.
At this point we should tell you not to get too excited though, as while super cropping, as the name suggest, can produce amazing cannabis yields, if you don’t know what you are doing, you can ruin your whole crop!
So what is super cropping and why is it so dangerous?
Super cropping involves stressing out your cannabis plants.
To do this, you bend and pinch the branches of your plant to damage the inner fibers, but you have to leave the surface totally intact.
Now do you understand why we have suggested that this technique can be so risky?
We should also point out that this technique works best with female plants.
So, why does abusing your plants work?
For female cannabis plants in particular, when they sense damage has occurred, will take up more nutrients and bud growth will increase as part of its defence mechanism.
If it feels something is broken, it will expand growth to make amends, but if you ‘trick’ it into thinking something is damaged beyond repair even when it isn’t, you will get the expanded growth and also the fully repaired elements as well.
Beyond the increased growth, super cropping also encourages the plant to produce greater amounts of terpenes- and cannabinoid-rich trichomes, and we all know what that means.
If you don’t know, we suggest you don’t watch these vids when stoned as clearly it is affecting your memory!
So, how to super crop effectively.
Start with the longest branches and make sure that while they are strong, they are not woody.
Start nearer the stem of the plant and squeeze and roll the branch between your fingers, gently helping it lean more in the direction you want.
Ideally you want a branch at a ninety-degree angle.
Pinch the branch at two-centimetre intervals until you are a couple of nodes from the end.
Then use zip ties to attach the branch at each pinched point to a supporting branch.
If you get carried away and snap a branch, don’t panic.
As long as part of it is still attached and it has not become totally disconnected, use some duct tape, or duck tape depending on what you prefer to call it, and create a supporting bandage.
Then use a zip tie to once again attach the stressed branch to a supporting branch.
You’ll know in good time if super cropping works for you as you will get far bigger and more-productive buds, and a super crop, excuse the pun.
You’ll know if it hasn’t worked for you as the plants will have all died!!!