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Week 7:  How to Build a SCROG Screen

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Week 7: How to Build a SCROG Screen

Building a SCROG Screen for the Blue Dream Grow


 
 

What’s up Cannabis Growers, My name is Dylan and welcome back for week 7 of the Screen of Green Series by GreenBox Grown!  This is a very exciting week for the grow as I will be showing you guys how to build your very own SCROG as well as how to properly hang it above your plants.  In this video I will be covering the building portion of the week and will show you what materials you need as well as how to design a SCROG for optimal results.  To see how this SCROG looks after a few weeks of hanging in the grow room, just visit greenboxgrown.com and go to the videos section.  Alright, now lets get started with the supplies you will need to build your Screen.

Before I get to the supplies, I want to show you the end result so you know what we are going after.  This is what the SCROG will look like when hanging in your grow room and you will want to design yours so there is enough space around the edges to get to the different parts of the tent you need to reach.  It is important to build the SCROG’s a footprint as big as possible with that in mind, as the bigger the screen the bigger the yields you can harvest!  Some people mount their SCROGs to the Grow room, but I am hanging mine in here by string as that was just what happened to work best.  It is more convenient to mount in certain grow rooms and greenhouses.

Alright, now lets get to the supplies needed.  First you’ll need the material for framing the outside of the screen.  In this case I am using wood in the form of 2x2s but you can also use PVC plastic pipes as those work as well.  Next I have the Self tapping Lathe screws for screwing it all together and the brackets for support in the corners of the frame.  Finally I have the string and 1 and 1/4 inch drywall screws for tying the string to.  

I already screwed the frame together using those metal brackets from the last shot, but from this close up you can see all we did was connect the 2x2s together and then screwed them in place through the already cut holes.  The brackets make this whole process very easy and theyadd a lot of strength to the SCROG.  Now I will be adding the Dry Wall screws all the way around the frame for the string to tie around.  I will be putting the screws in the center of each 2x2 and will have them 2 and a half inches apart.

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Now you are ready to string up your SCROG.  Start in one of the corners and tie a knot around the corner screw with the nylon or cotton string.   We will be tying the string 1 loupe around each screw for added hold and will be following the up under pattern.  After you tie around the screw, go to the next one over and tie around that.  Then you go to the other end of the SCROG and repeat the process.  Once you get to the other side of the scrog, tie the string off around one of the corner screws and cut it off.  Here’s a quick shot after finishing the stringing going one way.  

Now it is time to do the string going the other way.  We will be following the same exact pattern, except for this time we will be alternating going up and under the other string.  Here’s an example.  I bring the string across the frame from the other side and wrap around both screws like before.  Now that I’ve done that I am ready to go back across to the other side of the SCROG, but now I will alternate going over or under the other string.  They way to determine which way to start is by what you did on the last one when you came over from the other side.  So on the way over hear I finished going under the string, so going back across I will start with going over the string.  

This is important because it will form one cohesive net that holds the branches together and in place.  Now that I have reached the end and have tied going both directions I will wrap the string around both screws here and tie it off.  Make sure to use a tight knot that wont come undone as that can ruin your scrog in a second if it does.  Once that is tied, you are all finished and ready to hang your Screen!

Alright folks, that is the end of Part 1 for Week 7 and I will be back with part 2 very shortly.  In that video I will be covering the addition of a SCROG to my blue dream grow room and How to train the plants through it properly.  If you have any additional questions on how to build a SCROG for your grow room, feel free to contact me directly by texting (831) 601-0853.   I will also be covering the nutrient and watering schedule for the week in that video so everything will be covered!  If you enjoyed this video, please hit the like button and comment below with your feedback!  Also feel free to subscribe to my channel and turn on the notifications for updates on my latest grows.  As always, thank you for watching and until next time…

Happy Growing!

Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

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Week 2 Low Stress Training for the Screen of Green Cannabis Grow

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Week 2 Low Stress Training for the Screen of Green Cannabis Grow

LST for Week 2 of The SCROG Grow Series


What’s up cannabis growers and welcome back for part 2 of Week 2 in the Screen of Green Series by GreenBox Grown.  In this video I will be performing Low Stress Training and adding more hooks to the plants, which is something you’ll want to do over the entire course of each week of vegetation.  During this week you should start to notice significant growth in your plants and as you will see in this video, my plants will have almost 3 new tops by the end of this week.  Remember you can watch the full SCROG series at greenboxgrown.com under the grow videos tab, and now lets go see how this weeks training should be done. 

This is day 1 of the week and I want to show you all the new growth we’ve had since the previous day and how there are new tops starting to sprout up on each plant.  Some of the leaves are slightly droopy and that’s ok, as they are just in some shock from the addition of the hooks.  As they get used to being bent and hooked down, the plans will start perking back up and growing a lot faster.  You will notice however, that the newer tops and growth are already a lot perkier and that is because the plant focuses on new growth first.  

Ok now I will be adding more hooks to each plant, but first I want to readjust some of the ones I’ve already added. This is something you’ll want to do with your plants as well, and all you need to do is move the hook towards the new growth at the end of each branch so it pulls it down lower.    You should let the branches grow up for a little bit before readjusting the hooks, but its always a good idea to do this method because it allows you to grow the plant outwards and to fill more space with more tops.

Once you’ve adjusted all of the hooks that needed to be, You should decide on what new branches are ready to be bent down and hooked.  If they are too short, it will be hard to do as they will slip out of the hook.  Just start with the biggest tops and bend them downwards gently before adding the hook.  Some of your hooks may have popped up out of the dirt since the previous day and all that means is you need to move it further towards the end of the branch, and you should harness it deeper into the soil.  

Here’s the very next day, and I am rolling the posts up so the soil comes right to the top edge, allowing for maximum light penetration around the base of these plants.  You can also see the tops that have been harnessed down have already grown back up since yesterday.  These branches I’m touching with my finger are new tops but are still too short to be harnessed down so I will wait.

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Ok so in this shot I want to explain what is going on with these yellowing leaves.  This is the leave that was on the plant when it was cloned, and the ends of each finger were chopped off so it would focus on root growth during that period as roots are more important during that stage.  Now that the plant is older, that Leaf is dying off which is completely normal, and all you have to do is gently pull down on at the base so it breaks off.  Now lets check out this bump right here at the bend of the main trunk of this branch.  This is called a knuckle and is the result of bending the trunk with LST.  Essentially the plant starts increasing the flow of nutrients and energy up to that part of the plant causing this huge knuckle to form.  It’s completely normal and a sign of a good heathy plant so don’t worry about it if you spot one on your plant.

This is the final day of training for the week and as you can see the tops have grown enough to be trained at this point.  Now on this plant I have about 3 main tops here I will be hooking and you want to be strategic about the direction you hook them towards.  My recommendation is to hook them out and away from the center of the plant so it is growing towards the closest edge of the pot.  So like I am doing here, each branch is hooked away from the middle of the pot.  This will allow for more light to penetrate through the canopy which results in faster growth and more tops!  Once you have followed this process with each one of your plants, your are all finished with LST for the week!

Alright folks, that is the end of my LST video for the week and that also concludes week 2 of the SCROG Grow Series.  I will be with Week 3 of this series which will be broken up into 2 videos just like this week.  If you enjoyed the video please give it a thumbs up and feel free to comment below with your feedback.  Also don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and turn on notifications for more of my grow updates!  As always, thank you watching and until next time…

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Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

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Week 2 of the Screen of Green Series:  Nutrients & Water

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Week 2 of the Screen of Green Series: Nutrients & Water

Watering Schedule for Week 2 of the SCROG Grow Series


What’s up cannabis growers and welcome back for Week 2 of the Screen of Green Series by Greenbox Grown!  This week will be broken down into 2 videos, this video which is the watering schedule for the week, and then the next video which will include the LST and hook training for the week.  As always, be sure to visit greenboxgrown.com for the full SCROG Video Series.  Id also like to mention if you’re using a different nutrient setup then the Fox Farm, that is completely ok, just be sure to follow the same week as I do for each feeding.  For example, if I do week 1 on my feed chart, you do week 1 on your feed chart.  Alright now lets go check out the first watering of the week.

Alright so here we are for day one of week 2 and you can already see how the plants have recovered.  There is definitely noticeable change and the leaves look much healthier and perky.  Right now I am feeding them a plain pHd watering at 5.8 and and giving a little more than previously.  Once the watering is complete, I give each plant a good misting so all the leaves are covered, and then I’m done for the day.

This is 2 days later and the plants are ready for water again.  It’s been 3 waterings since my last nutrient feeding, so I am now going to give the plants their week 2 nutrient feeding mix.  Remember to also add half a tsp of coco wet per gallon of water to help the plants with absorbing the feeding.  Once you’ve added everything, stir it together and then pH accordingly.  Now you are ready to water.  Since this is only the second nutrient feeding, I would mix it at half strength and I would only give each plant a little bit like I am doing in the video here.  They do not need a lot of nutrients just yet and over feeding them early on in the grow will lead to serious problems very quickly!

Now that I am done watering, I will mix the Fox Farm foliar spray and mist it onto the plants.  It isn’t crucial to use a foliar spray, I just am because it came with the Dirty Dozen pack.  If you don’t have a foliar spray, just mist with plain pHd water giving each plant a good covering.  Foliar sprays don’t need coco wet in them but I do pH them so they are in the range of 5.5-6.5.

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This is one more day later and the soil is still too wet for another watering, so I will only be giving the plants a plain pH misting.  If you look, you can notice how green the leaves are getting, where before they were sort of yellow and dropping a lot.  Now they are standing straight up and have several new tops that are growing out!

Here we are for the last day of the week and the plants are ready for a feeding, so I will give them a plain pH watering as well as a plain misting.  2 things I want to point out about this shot.  First, those leaves that are turning really yellow on each plant are the ones that where trimmed down when the clone was taken.  That is why they are yellowing, which is completely normal so there is nothing to worry about.  The second thing is I am not soaking the whole area of topsoil with water as you can see, I am only going a little ways out.  Once the plants get larger you will be able to water more, but right now the root don’t need that much.  

Alright guys that concludes the Week 2 Nutrient and Watering Schedule for the SCROG Series.  You are now ready to watch the Week 2 LST & Hook Training video, and those training techniques are something you will be doing everyday to your plants so be sure to stay on top of it for best results!  If you enjoyed the video, please be sure to give us a thumbs up and comment below with your feedback.  Also don’t forget to subscribe to my Channel and turn the Notifications on for my latest grow updates!  As always, thank you for watching and until next time...

HAPPY GROWING!

Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

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Week 1 of Veg | Low Stress Training w/Hooks for the SCROG Series

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Week 1 of Veg | Low Stress Training w/Hooks for the SCROG Series

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!  

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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…

Happy Growing!

Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

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Intro to The Screen of Green Series By GreenBox Grown

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Intro to The Screen of Green Series By GreenBox Grown

New Week by Week SCROG Series:  Transplanting Clones


What’s up Cannabis Growers, My name is Dylan and welcome to the very first video of my GreenHouse SCROG Series!  This will be a 17 week grow which will consist of 8 weeks vegetation and 9 weeks of flower.  I will be growing in my backyard with the Large GreenHouse Starter Kit from the GreenBox Store so you guys can see exactly what that kit is capable of!  The Large Indoor Kit is very comparable to this one as well, but I will be filming a separate grow series for that one.  

In this tent I will be growing 4 Blue Dream Plants from clones I got up in Santa Cruz California, and I will be using a lot of Low Stress Training as well as Topping to get these plant nice and bushy!  Finally, I will be using the Lollipopping technique as well as a SCROG during the Flowering Stage of this grow!  The Plants will be in 7 Gallon Smart Pots with a Coco Coir Perlite Mix, and I will be using the Fox Farm Dirty Dozen Nutrient Line.  The Supplemental lighting is coming from 300w MarsHydro LEDS!  Now that you guys know what to expect from this grow series, lets start by transplanting our clones into the smart pots and give them their first pHd watering and spray!

Alright so here we are with the clones, and you’ll see I’ve already got the smart pots filled up to about an inch from the top of the brim.  Usually I will grow the clones in a solo cup for a week or so first just to get the roots going, but in this grow I'm gonna put them right into the big pots.  I recommend going the solo cup route, especially for you new growers, as it’s much easier to get the plants off to a strong start.  For more info on how to do that visit our Intro to Growing Video Section.

The first thing you’ll want to do is Make a little hole in the very center of the pot for where your plant will be buried.  If in a solo cup you can place it in the center and twist it in a circular motion to make a perfect sized hole.  Now you'll see that most clones come in a rock wool cube like this tan one hear, and then sometimes they will come in a mini pot of soil.  With the rock wool cubes you just bury them into the soil and with the clones that come already in soil, lightly squeeze around the edges and then pull it out of the pot.  You don't want to mess the the roots or soil, so be very gentle and just bury it in the center of the pot.  Now your transplant is complete! 

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Once finished with the transplant, I like to feed the plants with a plain watering pHd at 5.8.  Don't give them too much as their root system is pretty tiny at this point.  Start by watering in a circular motion around the base of the stem about 4 inches out in all directions.  Here I am giving the plants a plain pH’d misting which I will be doing several times each day throughout the entire vegetation part of this grow.  Be sure to mist all the leaves and to get the undersides as well!  Finally, here’s a shot of the 4 blue dream plants all transplanted and in the large greenhouse.  

That is the end of the very first video of the Greenhouse SCROG Series, and next we will be back to do the first bit of topping and low stress training on these plants.  I like to get going right away with them as it speeds up their growth and helps prevent shock later on in the grow.  For the full SCROG Grow Series, please visit greenboxgrown.com and it is listed under the Grow Videos Tab.  As always, thank you for watching and until next time…

Happy Growing!

Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

 

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