Part of what separates a new grower from a seasoned green thumb is the ability to train and prune plants strategically. As a grower, you are responsible for dictating the manner in which your plants grow.
What is trellis netting used for?
Trellis netting, also known as garden trellis, is used to direct plant growth and support branch and bud weight.
Growers can decide if they want plants to grow very tall, known as vertical gardening, or if they want plants to grow short and bushy, known as horizontal gardening. Trellis is used to help train plants in this manner.
Most often, trellis netting is used for horizontal gardening, to promote a wider canopy with more bud sites.
What are common plant training techniques?
The two main training strategies are differentiated by whether a grower wants to maximize space with as many plants as possible, or maximize efficiency by focusing on growing a few huge plants.
Sea of Green, or S.O.G., is a strategy where growers attempt to cultivate as many plants in as little square footage as possible. Under the S.O.G. technique, plants are flipped to flower and harvested quickly. Plants grown with this methodology are taller and skinnier.
Screen of Green, or Scr.O.G., focuses on optimizing the growing space. Here, there are fewer plants per square foot, and each plant is given more attention and trained to grow as wide as possible, with many side branches. These plants are given more time to veg, to result in heavier plants. Trellis is especially important for supporting the heavy bloom.
How to set up a trellis net
Before touching any netting, you need to form a free-standing frame around the plants you wish to train, using either PVC or stakes.
Then, you will attach the trellis net across the frame, over the plants. As the plants grow towards the grow lights, they will push through the netting, and this process creates an incredibly wide canopy!
If you wish, a second layer of trellis can be implemented higher up to “lock” stems in place, keeping them secure. It is important to prune throughout vegetative growth, especially below the trellis.
Trellising allows growers to get the most out of their plants with the space they have. Whether you are looking for horizontal trellis to help support heavy weight, or vertical trellis to promote tall, robust growth, we have it here at Hydrobuilder.
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