i have recently changed my way of training to incorporate alpha cloning…i essentially bend the plant over to force apical dominance towards the side branches…these side branches will now grow quicker than the actual mains, i will then take them as clones
supercropping is a very useful skill to acquire…i consider it next to patience as essential to have, if you want to become a successful plant manipulator…
the lst clips are very useful and can help you to create a very even canopy…it however cannot knuckle the stems ( like supercropping ) to increase nutritional flow
selective cutting and pinching skills are also high up on my list…
these are just some tips to ponder on…the rest has been said…thanks for the tag …ill be sitting in the left back corner by the door…ill gladly assist if i can…
Here’s a northern lights auto I’ve been training maybe these tips will help. They never post in order but the smallest is Feb 23rd , next March 5th and the last was taken this morning. The one from this morning has some light clawing from a dry pot and was just watered.
One down! I admit, my first time playing with a lady and I liked it! I started with Marie since she’s kind of a mutant, maybe? I think it’s only leaf variegation, but I’m not sure. My other plant doesn’t have the weird leaf thing going on and is more vigorous.
At first, I poked holes in the bag, and then used the binder clips. I think I prefer the clips.
Hey, I broke my first branch and I didn’t cry or anything! I was fiddling, gently (or so I thought), to see how I could do better and what I might do next, when “snap” on one of the mutant’s lowest branch. No biggie at all, but it sure happened quickly, lol.
Yeah, I considered it briefly; it was barely hanging on with one side of it’s skin. I turned it around to see where exactly it had been previously attached, and then I thought ahhh frick it, bye-bye, not worth the hassle to me and the effort on the plant’s part, if at all could have been saved, which I mostly doubted. I suppose it would be a different story if the branch was more mature? What’s your assessment, what would you have done if was your plant?
Same here, I was trying to get some of Shirley’s excess undergrowth off and I heard a tiny snap. It did survive and looks good to me. No more sticking my ham hands in there though - that’s why the FSM invented trimming shears.
Today’s bit of LST on Marie. I wanted to pull down (and over to the side) the area that is a bit higher up on the plant. Since I broke off a baby branch the other day, I directed that spot towards the bottom, with a slight direction around the pot. And since the area I wanted to work on was small, I used a pipe cleaner that hopefully isn’t too rough on the stem, but perhaps as the area grows, I can later re-do it using the garden wire?
I cut off parts of a fan leaf (seen in the second picture) since it was in the way and a bit beat up. Question: Is it better to just cut off the whole leaf, or can/should the plant use the remaining part of the leaf?
With those weird leaves and LST, she resembles a palm tree. Perhaps a name modification is in order, maybe something like Margarita Marie.