Cannabis Trellising is a Popular Way to Increase Yield
Cannabis trellising is becoming a popular new alternative to traditional growing in containers, yet many growers are still unsure of its application.
Cannabis trellising uses framed screens or netting which typically have a latticed pattern evenly spaced throughout. The main benefit of using trellising is to maximize your available growing area, using every square inch for cultivation, while increasing light penetration and eventual harvest.
By weaving cannabis shoots through the latticed pattern, growers see a dramatic increase in yield as the more shoots that grow the more you’ll reap later on. Additionally, growers can manipulate how the plants grow based on the spacing available.
Cannabis trellising does require a bit more skill when it comes to cultivating. There are a variety of pruning and training techniques which growers will need to understand before implementing such growing practices in their operations. Topping, defoliation and LST (low stress training) are just few things you’ll need to understand.
Vertical & Horizontal Trellis Growing Methods
Both vertical and horizontal cannabis trellising are available to growers – each with unique pros and cons.
Vertical trellising is most common outdoors, where “living walls” can be created in a vine-like growth pattern without limitations. Commercial growers often use this method as they can create hundreds of plants tiered along outer walls – maximizing their space and increasing their yield.
Indoor cannabis growers often favor horizontal trellising, often referred to as ScrOG. From RoyalQueenSeeds.com, “Left to their own devices, cannabis plants grow taller than they do wide. The ScrOG technique aims to bring the lower branches up and the upper branches down, stretching them across an evenly distributed plane.” This method increases yield at harvest time, often with fewer plants, by allowing undeveloped branches with barely any buds to become healthy producers.
Cannabis trellising is not for everyone as it does require a bit more work and attention. But higher, more quality yields may be a reason to consider it in your operation.
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