Maximizing Cannabis Yields with Training Techniques

Maximizing Cannabis Yields with Training Techniques

To get the most out of your cannabis plants, it’s essential to use cutting-edge training methods. These ways help shape how your plants grow. They make sure your plants catch more light, grow stronger, and produce top-notch buds. Using special techniques isn’t only about changing your plant’s shape. It’s mainly about making your plants the best they can be. Methods like Lollipopping, Topping, and Fimming, as well as SOG, SCROG, and Supercropping, can make a big difference.

A cannabis plant with a sturdy trellis system supporting its branches, allowing for maximum light exposure and airflow. The leaves are trimmed neatly, and the stem is trained to grow along the trellis in a horizontal pattern, promoting even growth and bud development. There are no signs of pests or disease, indicating proper care and maintenance. The background is blurred, emphasizing the focus on the healthy cannabis plant and its training techniques.

Key Takeaways

  • Cannabis training techniques can maximize yields, potency, and plant health
  • Techniques like LST, SCROG, and supercropping manipulate plant growth to increase yield potential
  • Proper light exposure and nutrient automation are crucial for optimizing cannabis yields
  • Pruning and harvesting at the correct stage maximize yield, potency, and cannabinoid concentrations
  • Strain characteristics should be considered when implementing training techniques for optimal results

Introduction to Plant Training

Maximizing the light and air in a plant’s canopy is key. It helps get more product and keep plants healthy. By cutting off some leaves and shaping the plant, we let more light in. This means more parts of the plant can make food. And, more buds can grow too.

This method also fights off pests and diseases. With better air flow, plants stay healthy. Mold and mildew are less likely to build up.

Benefits of Plant Training

There are three big advantages to training cannabis plants:

  1. Optimizing light and shape to manage the plant well.
  2. Strategically removing parts of the plant to grow more buds.
  3. Changing when plants bloom to get more, sooner. Techniques like 12-12 From Seed or Sea of Green help with this.

Types of Plant Training

Cannabis growers can choose from many training methods. Each has different benefits. They fall into three main categories:

  1. Bending and securing parts of the plant, like Low-Stress Training (LST) and Supercropping.
  2. Damaging or removing parts of the plant in a strategic way. This includes Topping, FIMing, and Defoliation.
  3. Manipulating timelines to get faster or bigger yields, with methods like the Sea of Green (SOG).

Knowing these methods and the plant’s needs can help grow better product.

Bending and Securing Techniques

Many cannabis growers use bending and securing methods to get more from their plants. Low Stress Training (LST) is a favorite. It means bending stems gently and tying them down. This makes the plant grow wider and flatter, which can boost yields by as much as 40%.

Low-Stress Training (LST)

LST is a kind method letting plants grow to the side instead of up. You bend the tallest stems away from the center so the plant spreads out. You start this when the plant is young, when the stems are still soft, not when they’re hard.

This helps the plant get as much light as possible. It also helps it to produce more buds later on. This is good for plants growing indoors.

No-Technique Plant Training

No-Technique Plant Training is very simple. You just bend the main stem over a bit when the plant is small. This lets other branches grow big and strong. It’s an easy start for new growers or those who are busy.


Supercropping is an advanced way of bending. It’s for those hard, tall stems. First, you make the stem softer, then bend it. This helps control how the plant grows but doesn’t hurt it forever.

Screen of Green (SCROG)

Screen of Green (ScrOG) is different. It uses a screen above the plants. As they grow, their stems are put through the screen. This makes an even layer of plants. It helps them get more light and do better.

Show a plant stem being gently bent and secured with ties to encourage even growth and maximize cannabis yields. Focus on the intricate details of the bending technique, highlighting the careful placement of ties and the natural curves of the stem. Use contrasting colors to emphasize the bend and create a sense of depth and dimension in the image.

Cannabis Yields

Pruning Techniques

Cannabis topping and cannabis fimming are great ways to boost extra bud sites on plants. When you top a plant, you cut its main tip, making it grow more sideways. This creates bushier plants with several main buds. FIMing is a bit different. It means cutting a smaller part off the main stem’s tip. This method also makes the plant grow more colas.

The idea is simple: cutting the top off the plant changes how it grows. This leads to more places for buds to form. Through cannabis topping and cannabis fimming, farmers can get a lot more out of their cannabis plants.

Topping and FIMing

These pruning techniques are best done when the plant is still young. This shifts how the plant grows, encouraging more bud sites to develop. So, with cannabis topping and cannabis fimming, farmers can raise their plant’s potential for more yields.

Defoliation Techniques

Cannabis defoliation means strategically taking off some of the leaves, usually the big ones, in the first month of flowering. The goal is to give the growing buds more light and air. This helps make the buds bigger and stronger. By removing some leaves, the plant puts more energy into making buds rather than keeping up too many leaves.

Show a cannabis plant being trained using the Low Stress Training (LST) technique. The plant should have multiple branches tied down horizontally to create an even canopy of buds. The background should show other cannabis plants being grown using different training techniques, such as topping or fimming. The image should convey the idea that LST can maximize yields by allowing more light to reach each bud site.

Growing MethodYield Range
Indoor Cultivation50-450 grams per plant
Outdoor Cultivation300-1000 grams per plant
Average Outdoor Yield500 grams to over 1 kilogram per plant
Grams per Square Foot50-75 grams
Grams per Watt Ratio0.5-1.0 grams per watt

Advanced Training Methods

Besides basic growing ways, cannabis growers can use advanced methods to get more buds, improve bud growth, and make plants healthier. These advanced ways include cannabis lollipoppingcannabis manifolding, and the Sea of Green (SOG) approach.


Lollipopping means cutting off the lower parts and leaves of the cannabis plant. This makes the plant put more effort into the top part. Because the lower part gets less light and doesn’t help much with making buds, cutting it off helps the plant grow better buds on top. Up to 50% of the plant’s energy can go to growing top buds with lollipopping, boosting the amount of buds you get.


Manifolding is topping the cannabis plant twice in a row, in a special way. This makes the plant’s base look like it has a wide “manifold”. It’s a great training method because it makes the plant grow a lot of main colas. Through manifolding, you can make the plant grow four times more laterally. This makes the plant bushier and it has more main colas.

Sea of Green (SOG)

The SOG technique fills grow spaces with many small plants, not just a few big ones. It’s perfect for people with little space or those growing for business because it brings a fast, steady harvest. Using these methods can raise your harvest by up to 40%. The SOG is a top choice for making the most of your space and getting a big harvest.

A close-up view of a cannabis plant being gently supported by a trellis netting in a grow room, as green vines wrap around the netting.


Training methods are key for getting the most out of your cannabis plants. They help improve light, air, and how your plants grow. This boosts the size and quality of your buds. Knowing the various ways to prune and train, along with what your plant needs at different times, is vital.

Growers have many options to boost their cannabis yields. Techniques like Low-Stress Training and Supercropping are popular. Each technique can help you get more and better cannabis at harvest. Mastering these cannabis training techniques can make a big difference in how much you harvest and its quality.

Learning the science and best practices behind these techniques is important. It can help you achieve bigger, better cannabis crops. Keeping up with new developments in cannabis plant training is a must. This ensures you’re always working toward the best yields and quality.


  • Joe

    Joe Bender is a seasoned horticultural author and cannabis crop solutions expert with over 20 years of hands-on experience in the industry. His expertise spans the entire cultivation process—from seed to harvest—specializing in optimizing growth conditions for high-quality cannabis yields.

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