I followed a bunch of videos and articles trying to do it right and this is how its turned out. It really doesnt look right to me but im not sure if its just because im new. I tied the main stem down and going to rotate it in a clockwise motion every so often. Opinions wanted.
There a many ways to do it. Some people pull bottom branches down and tie to the sides and repeat. Some people pull the whole plant one direction and work over from the center similar to bicycle wheel spokes. I do exactly what you did. I plant to one side of the pot and pull the whole plant over then pull side branches to left and right,accordingly. That way I have access to the pot for watering
In that tall narrow pot, I would top plant and start training for an even canopy
I like the tie down method i just feel overwhelmed by it, and im nervous about topping idk why. Im not sure what the next step is for me.
No wrong way to do it really. I have a seedling that topped herself, I “mainlined” it pretty early. Usually mainlining a plant doesn’t happen until 4th or 5th node.
You have done well!, only comment would be next time plant to one side and then you get better pot coverage!
How long do i keep it tied for? And do i rotate it around the pot or no.
@NewbieNick- for most of it’s life. Have an idea of what you want your plant to look like before you start.
I pull my main to one side, leaves parallel to grow medium but never touching. I do this to ensure every new node grows straight up. You then take that shoot and start making it grow parallel in which ever direction you decide to go ( like in my mind-cycle picture). Once you have pulled each of the branch main bud site even with rim of bag or pot, her (them) reach for the sky (or ceiling ).
***NOTE- be firm when bending, but DON’T "pinch " the stem. This will create a super crop, which will take the plant longer to recover from (bad if it’s an auto).
Often, I will do a slight counter pull below the main bend, to keep stem straight.
Also, make sure your first bend is at least 6" from medium or around the 5th node. If you decide to FIM or top, do this at the 4th node if your plant is healthy and can take the stress. Start your bend right below the 5th node, the 5th nodes I pull them back in the opposite direction to create a a fuller plant with MANY main colas.
I still keep the branchs secure down until 1/4 way into bloom, by then, the stretch is done and I can release the stress on the branches so she can finish out happy.
This is the end result I hope for in every grow-
3 plants at beginning of bloom, nice and full and happy.
Cannabis is a forgiving plant and thrives under a little bondage and rough play .
Happy growing and let me know how it turns out or tag me in upcoming posts!
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Looks good. I would remove the circled shoot and pull 2 and 3 back and parallel to surface. This will create more space. All those shoots need to be pulled down and parallel with surface. For the smaller shoots, I use lugnuts and plastic coated wire until they are long enough to secure to rum of container-
Lug nuts?! What a brilliant idea. Easier to move too than untying a bunch of twists. I just had to move some of mine around this morning to space them out so I don’t get bud rot.
Looks good. Only recommendation I can make is in the 4th pic…see all thise shoots above your vertical line? Bend them down to where they are even with your vertical line. Reference my picture where they are completely spread out. The U shaped stakes work great when plant is young.