How To Support Cannabis Plants Outdoors
Every grower wants to harvest big and dense buds, but that can be a problem when growing outdoors. Considering that you don’t have walls or a structure to tie a SCROG net as you would indoors, you’ll have to come up with a way of supporting the extra weight.
1. Why Support Plants Outdoors?
Sometimes when growing indoors, our plants can grow too much in a limited growing space and their buds end up extra heavy, for this reason, growers use techniques to support the branches.
This can also happen outdoors, although then the problem is not the lack of space but heavy buds of your plant.
When growing outdoors growers usually plant in bigger pots, that is because they aren’t limited by space like they would when growing indoors. This allows the plant to grow to its maximum, it will usually take more to flower but the buds will be denser.
A very common problem growers have when growing plants in bigger pots is that the branches can’t support the weight of the extra dense buds. Growing indoors this can be avoided by tying the branches to the sides or top of the growing tent, but outside we don’t have a structure like that.
Cannabis outdoors isn’t limited by space and can grow huge. If you’re growing a high yielder, the branches may not be strong enough to support the buds and snap, this is why you need to provide support, either with bamboo stakes, a trellis net or tomato cages.
Fortunately, there are several ways to support our plants outdoors, this allows us to have bigger yields and harvest extra dense buds.
2. Bamboo Stakes
Bamboo stakes are what growers usually use to support branches. Even though this is a cheap and effective method, be aware that bamboo sticks can rot, that’s why several growers avoid using them.
You can still use bamboo stakes if you’re letting your plants grow for a short time but because they’re exposed to rain and are in the soil, they can rot.
When bamboo rots, it can spread to your plants and they can suffer from mold (like powdery mildew) which can damage your plants and can easily spread to other plants nearby.
3. Trellis Net
Trellising consists of basically Scrogging outdoors, although it can be harder because you lack the structure to do it properly, so you’ll have to build that structure yourself. Even though it sounds hard, preparing the structure for a trellis net is quite simple, and consists only of placing 4 stakes around the plant.
You can use bamboo stakes but if you have a little bit of cash to spend, we recommend using metal stakes, not only they won’t rot but can be reused in your other growing cycles. Depending on the space you have available, you can place the net horizontally or vertically around your plants.
These two methods will support your plant, although when placing it around your plant you won’t be able to control its size like you would with a trellis placed on top of your plant.
When you place the net horizontally (on top of your plants) this will not only support the extra weight but it will also allow you to train your plants like you would in a SCROG.
4. Tomato Wire Cages
Tomato wire cages are pretty similar to placing a trellis around your plant. They will support your plant from every side but won’t allow you to control the height your plant reaches. On the other hand, some growers don’t want to restrict their plant’s height so this is not really a disadvantage.
Wire cages can also be used as a structure to tie the branches to, using string or other materials that won’t damage your plant, you can easily tie the branches to the wire cage, giving the branches extra support.
You can easily find wire cages in hardware stores and they’re fairly cheap, going for around $1.50 each, they can be reused so you won’t have to buy more for your next growing cycle. If you don’t feel like spending money, you can make your own cage, you’ll just need metal wire and you can easily find how to make them on the internet.
5. In Conclusion
Supporting your plants is definitely important when growing outdoors. When growing in bigger pots, your plant will consequently grow more and develop denser buds. If you fail to give support, the extra weight may be too much for your plant and the branches can snap.
Every grower wants to harvest big and dense buds, but that can be a problem when growing outdoors. Considering that you don’t have walls or a structure to
Five Ways To Support Heavy Buds On Indoor Weed Plants
Everyone likes a heavy bud; but if the buds on your plants are getting too heavy, your indoor garden might suffer! Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds. The following methods will guide you in supporting your bud-heavy cannabis plants so that you can enjoy your hefty yields without experiencing plant damage.
Is it possible for an indoor crop to be doing too well? One way a garden can go wrong is if plants start weighing themselves down with their own success; in other words, if heavy buds are causing the plant to sag.
Every grower wants a successful harvest, but if your plants are getting weighed down by heavy buds, your yields could suffer. If you see your plant buckling under the weight of a heavy bud, give it some support: an especially heavy bud can cause the stem to snap. Here are five tips for supporting heavy buds in an indoor crop.
1. SUPPORT PLANTS WITH STRING AND STAKES
String and stakes are used by many growers to prevent large buds from weighing plants down. Both of these methods are cheap, and you can probably find the materials lying around in your garage or greenhouse. If you only have string at your disposal, simply tie one end to the affected branch and the other end to the main stem. The string will work to pull the branch against gravity and help your plant deal with the weight. Try to avoid using twine and other natural strings as these can harbour mould. Use synthetic materials such as garden wire where possible.
You can also use stakes to ease the burden. Place a garden stake into the soil, parallel with the main stem and close to the heavy branch. Use string, Velcro, or another type of strap to securely attach the branch to the stake. Tie the branch off as close to the primary bud site as possible. This will help to shorten the lever and reduce mechanical stress.
Upon reading the words “garden stakes”, your mind probably conjures an image of bamboo. While these are the most common stakes—there’s a high probability you have more than a few at home—they may be harmful to both you and your cannabis crop. Many cannabis growers are abandoning bamboo stakes out of fear of mildew. These old-school support structures have a tendency to carry this fungal infection. Once it takes hold, the disease proliferates into a white powdery substance that stunts growth and rots plants. Err on the side of caution and avoid using bamboo stakes altogether. Alternative materials include plastic and metal.
Trellising involves using a mesh with a wide lattice to support the growth of your plants. Trellising has many benefits: it spaces out your buds, maximises grow space, and provides structural support.
Indoor trellising can be carried out in several ways. You can use vertical trellises, which travel alongside your plants, or horizontal trellises, which are suspended at a certain height above your plant’s level. Horizontal trellising is often carried out with the screen of green growing method, whereby the plant is cultivated such that most of the heavy plant matter is above the trellis. Screen of green requires a moderate amount of skill, as you will need to prune your plants, direct their growth, and lay out your garden with some degree of precision. If trellising is set up incorrectly, it can restrict sunlight and airflow to the lower parts of the plants, and cause stunted growth and other negative side effects. It may not be the best method for a first-time grower. Unless, that is, you really want to challenge yourself!
3. USE WIRE TOMATO CAGES
You can place your weed plants in wire tomato cages to give your branches something to hang on to. As tomato plants and weed plants are shaped differently, this method requires some customisation. Wire tomato cages tend to be narrow at the bottom and wide on the top, while weed plants tend to be wide at the bottom and narrow at the top. As such, you’ll need to use string, velcro, or twist ties to attach the lower parts of the plant to the cage, as per the first method in this guide. This method may not be ideal for very young plants, as the cages could make it hard to get the lamps within range of the plants.
4. ADD FERTILISER TO IMPROVE PLANT STRENGTH
If you want stronger stems and branches, you need to go to the source: nutrients in the soil. Give your plants fertiliser rich in calcium, potassium, and phosphorus to help them get buff. After all, the best case scenario is to have heavy buds and plants hefty enough to handle them!
One caution is to avoid giving your plant too much of any one nutrient. In particular, supplementing your plant with calcium while neglecting potassium and phosphorus can backfire in a big way!
5. PLANT YOYOS
Plant yoyos are an easy way to give your plant support while interfering minimally with its structure. Plant yoyos are small plastic hooks attached to a string, which then attaches to a mechanism which attaches to the top of your grow tent. Plant yoyos allow your grow tent to hold some of the weight of your plant. The plastic hooks are designed to touch a minimal surface area of your plant, and yet to distribute weight evenly so as not to cause damage. If you’re using a grow tent, plant yoyos are the simplest way to get those heavy buds some support!
Supporting heavy buds is more art than science. To find out what’s right for you, listen to your plant, gauge its innate strength, figure out where it’s strong, and find out where it needs support. Happy growing!
Heavy buds bringing you down? Try these methods for supporting your indoor weed plants if they start getting weighed down by massive buds.