Just a few months ago, a friend of mine sent me a couple of seeds to grow. One of the seeds that I received is Blueberry Strain. In Aug, I plant several seeds include this Blueberry at the same time, most of the plants are almost ready to harvest, except this Blueberry strain. For whatever reason, this plant wouldn’t grow.
So, I decided to experiment with this one plant. This isn’t the lab setting, so I did my best to make a note and take photos, but it’s not perfect. Also, this is still in a veggie state, so the results are not going to be available until a few months later. Since this particular seed did not grow at the same rate as the other plants thus, keeping it longer in veggie was necessary.
The idea of plant training is to create several top colas to take the best advantage of indoor grow lights.
Stress Training Techniques:
• HST/LST using fimming/topping, bending
• “Chiropractic” pinch/pop method by Kyle Kushman – YouTube Reference
Cannabis Super-Cropping: Kyle Kushman's "Chiropractic" Plant Training Method / Green Flower - YouTube
• “Schwazzing” defoliating method by Joshua Haupt – Feed MICRONUTRIENTS
after defoliating and not heavy on MACRONUTRIENTS for about 1-2 weeks.
Strain: Blueberry (Fem)
Note: There is some conflicting information about the plant size for this strain. ILGM indicates Blueberry plant size is tall. But what I have experience growing this strain, it is much shorter than other strains.
9/1/2019 (4 wks veggie)
This is what it looks like after 4 weeks into veggie. Short, but has about 3 nodes.
I know It is pretty young plant but looks healthy. As an experiment, I decide to apply HST- fim
10/6/2019 (8-9 wks veggie) - HST (fimming) last month) starting to branch out and new stems grow about 12 inches. But it didn’t look full and still short.
New stems are very thin/skinny. So, I applied HST “Chiropractic” method by Kyle Kushman and the bending method to shape branches. This stress training to expose multiple nodes growing on branches to the light. BTW, “Chiropractic” on cannabis stems really works!
The area where I bent started to show stress and the skinny stems couldn’t support the heavy leaves.
To give some support on the stressed area of each branches, I made 4 of this DIY support stick, using disposable plastic knifes. Push down each ‘support stick’ to soil below the stem where I applied bending technique and let the thin stem to rest on this support stick. (Sorry, it’s not the best photos)
Now all new bud sites (it could have been turn as popcorn bud) now exposed to the light.
10/18/2019 (10 weeks veggie)
All stems completely healed from the Stress Training and start to form 4 strong branches.
All those popcorn bud sites exposed to the light now starting to grow upwards toward to the light. Light Trimming done. Removed support sticks. ( No more droopy stems.) Getting fuller now.
11/06/2019 (12 wks Veggie)
New leaves coming out producing new nodes of its own. Filling up the pot nicely.
All areas where I applied HST/LST are healed and stems are very strong and thick. The plant color looks good. Very few fungus gnats found. As a preventive bug Infestation, applied
2 Tbsp of DE (Diatomaceous Earth) spread on the top of the soil.
**I will be keeping this about 4 more weeks in veggie, then, flip the light to 12/12. The height of this plant is about 8 inches above the soil. I will still have to apply “Schwazzing” defoliating method by Joshua Haupt – Feed MICRONUTRIENTS after defoliating and not heavy on MACRONUTRIENTS for about 1-2 weeks after Schwazzing. **