How to use the Hook Training Method for Max Yields!
Hello and welcome back to the Screen of Green Series by GreenBox Grown! This is the final video of Week 1 in this series and I will be adding the Low Stress Training hooks onto the plants. For more details, you can visit the full SCROG series on the GreenBox Grown Website under the grow videos tab. I use bent welding rods as my hooks, but you can use other materials, just as long as they aren’t sharp or damage the plant. Alright now lets get started by adding our first hook.
Here we are for the end of week 1 and you can see how the main tops have stood back up, but are still bent out in the direction of training. This is what you want to happen, and now that we are going to add the hooks, it will be even more affective. The first step in doing so it to take what ever material you will be using and bend it into the hook shape. I like to stick the end of the hook into the soil, gently so I do not harm the roots. Some people use string and tie the branches down using the sides of the pot, but I cant really do that with fabric pots.
Once your hooks are bent and ready to go, all you need to do is re-bend the main branches using the 3 finger LST techniques, and then place the hook around that branch while harnessing it down into the soil like so. A good rule of thumb for this technique is the further down you train the branch the fast it will grow back up and with more growth!
So here I am doing a few close ups on each individual plant just to give you an idea of what they should look like. You can see there are other tiny tops that are standing straight up, but I will wait on training them until they grow a little larger. This plants seem to be droopy and not so healthy and that’s really just because they are in some shock from the recent transplant, topping, and training, but I guarantee by the end of the next video, they will be at least twice the size they are now!
One thing I’d like to point out is that without any training or topping, the cannabis plant would grow straight up with one main trunk in the middle and a couple small side branches surrounding it. By harvest time you generally will have 1 main cola and then 2-3 tiny side colas to harvest. With LST and these hooks, the plant can grow into a bushy shape that will yield tens to hundreds of large colas, depending on how long you veg for. These techniques are so easy to use and will quadruple your yields, so it’s really a no brainer to use them.
At this point, you should also be seeing some significant growth from the area where you topped your plants. It will look like 2 new branches are growing out from the sides of where you cut, so keep an eye out for that. It’s a lot of fun to what how that progresses on a daily basis, as there is noticeable change every 24 hours.
Alright guys, that is really everything you need to know about using the hook training method on your plants! That concludes this video as well as week 1 of the SCROG series. Once you are ready, you can move on to week 2 in this series, where I will show you how to continue with the nutrient feeding schedule as well as the hook LST for these plants. As always thank you for watching and until next time…
Dylan @ GreenBox Grown