7 Top Tips On Supporting Heavy Buds Indoors

Easy and highly effective methods on supporting heavy buds, and what to consider when growing big plants.
08 May 2020
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7 Top Tips On Supporting Heavy Buds Indoors

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Adding support to your Cannabis plants during the flowering period has many advantages. Not only does it allow the plants to concentrate on producing fat and dense buds, but it also prevents buds from falling over.

In this article, we cover 5 top tips for adding support to your plants when they need it the most. 

1. Bamboo Canes

An old school, inexpensive and great way to add extra support for your plants. Sourcing bamboo cane is cheap, easy to sterilize and clean, and will last for a long time if treated well. Canes can be used early on during the growth stage to tie young plants.

Thoroughly wash bamboo canes in an alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. The last thing you want is to infest your crop with pests.
 

Our top tip here is to add bamboo canes that are the same height of the plants, then to insert them on the outer part of the pots. Imagine inserting the canes on the outside like the numbers on a clock, and create a circle that can be used to tie the side branches to the bamboo.

Do not insert the bamboo into the center of the growing medium as this will penetrate the roots and cause stress.

2. SCROG 

Screen of Green setups is an incredible way to train plants during the vegetative period of 18/6 and then allow them to grow with a solid, hardwood, and thick structure. Most times the net, wire, or trellis that has been used will be made of a lightweight material not really designed to support the weight of the buds.

 

 

SCROG refers to when a screen is applied to a grow room, to multiple or one huge plant, to be trained and manipulated through the screen.
 

Our top tip here is to use the SCROG method to grow mature and well-established thick branches. Once the plants are grown, the net or screen could effectively be moved, as it is only used as a guideline for canopy control and manipulating the growth structure and distribution of energy.

3. Tying Up Branches

Tying side branches and main central colas to the adequate support sounds simple enough, however, there are a few things that a beginner grower should consider. Over time the thickness of the branches will expand and may even double in size.

 

When tying down make sure you use twine or elastic.
 

Our top tip here is to avoid using anything such as plastic cable ties or metal wire and choose to use twine or elastic. The reason being plastic and wire ties can cut through the wooden branches as they expand, oftentimes decapitating the branch slowly. Using elastic or twine will give you much more leverage and in an emergency can be cut away easily.

4. The Trellis

It is important not to get confused with a Screen of Green setup and a trellis net. One is designed to be used as a guide during 18/6, in combination with advanced plant training. The other is to be used as a support net later on during the blooming period.

 

Trellis net is used in order to support net during the blooming period.
 

Our top tip here is to use a net trellis that can be easily installed inside of the grow tent, or over a large outdoor plant. The size of the squares in the net will easily fit over your flowering plants and will provide leverage also during heavy winds, and when the weight of the buds causes the plants to topple over.

5. Airflow and Humidity

If the goal is to grow buds so big they need support, then it is essential that the airflow and humidity around the tops and bottoms of the buds are ideal. There is nothing worse than finding out that your dense, frosty buds have become so thick they are molding from the inside out due to Botrytis.

Our top tip here is to keep the humidity as close to 30-35% as possible and to encourage a free-flowing current of fresh air. Make sure that the lower points of the plant are receiving lots of fresh air also, and there is well-balanced airflow around the tops and bottom of the canopy.

 

Optimal humidity level is 30-35% to encourage a free-flowing current of fresh air.
 

In the event that you notice some buds have a gray, candy floss appearance and when touching feel like a spider web, you should cut this part of the plant away immediately to prevent further contamination.

6. Building Tomato Cages 

A great extension to bamboo supports and way to box your Cannabis plants in with maximum support, building a frame by tying bamboo canes horizontally to existing bamboo works a treat. There are many benefits associated with customizing the sections to the frame and allowing the side branches to grow out at an angle where they will receive the most light.

 

Box your Cannabis plants in with maximum support building a frame by tying bamboo canes horizontally to existing bamboo.
 

Our top tip here is to add the bamboo in horizontal positions that will encourage the side branches to grow outwards. Tying the side branches vertically still works fine, however, the growth structure and appearance will be much improved and the amount of direct light the inner branches receive is increased. This is one way outdoor farmers in California grow such enormous-sized plants. 

7. Yo Yo Devices

These small but highly effective devices are designed to be hung directly above your plants, and attached to the designated branches. Over time the amount of leverage is increased to raise the branches to a set height. The benefits associated with using yo yos are that thanks to their small size, it is easy to attach up to 10 of these devices per plant.

 

Try attaching a yo yo device to the designated branches directly above your plant.
 

Our top tip here is to use these to keep heavy side branches from falling on to other buds. As the plants begin to flower heavily, the canopy will become very crowded, so using yo yos for each individual branch is a wonderful way to prevent buds from touching one another or the sides of the grow tent. Buds will begin to mold and spread if allowed to touch wet walls or begin to lean on other branches.

8. In Conclusion

There are many ways to help support Cannabis plants when they are focusing on blooming that have many advantages. Usually, autoflowering plants grow compact and not always need support depending on the strain.

If you're growing our Orange Sherbet Auto be sure to prepare bamboo canes to support her super heavy buds and try tying her down to control the hight.

Orange Sherbet Auto
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Genes
Sativa 70%/Indica 30%
Genetics
Orange Sherbet Auto
Flowering
9 – 10 weeks
Harvest
500 – 650 gr/m2
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110 – 150 cm
THC
Up to 24%
CBD
< 1%
Autoflowering
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This beast can grow up to 150cm and in the optimum conditions can give you 500-650gr/m2 easily.

One of the most important things to consider is not letting the buds touch one another and to keep the airflow and humidity of the garden in the pathogen-free safe zone.

Good luck growing monster plants that need all the support they can get.

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