There is no need to train or top the cuttings, as they are flowered before developing any real side branches. If any rogue sucker branches at the bottom start making a break for the top it would be wise to chop them off and divert the energy back into the main central apical bud.
Although huge buds look impressive, they can suffer from hidden mold right down by the stalk if atmospheric conditions are not completely perfect throughout the flowering, drying and curing process.
In a SOG set-up you should expect one large central bud per plant, as opposed to lots of medium-sized buds as seen with Screen of Green technique—SCROG is pretty much the opposite ethos of SOG, using much larger plants with many side branches manually spaced out using a screen to achieve great light penetration. The end result is a matter of personal taste.
It is advisable not to use seeds for a SOG grow, as any variation in height will shade some plants. If you insist, then use seeds from a variety that has been around for a long time, as they will give more stable, even growth.
Plant varieties that stretch in the early stages of flowering would be an inadvisable choice; varieties with a shorter flowering time would be preferred. But don’t worry; this still leaves an abundance of plant varieties that will be suitable.
There are many advantages to using a SOG schedule for your grow. The disadvantages are few, but your circumstances may still prohibit you from using the SOG technique. Sea of Green divides growers—undoubtedly it’s a great technique, but is it right for you?
Deep water culture (DWC) systems are not ideal, mostly because of their physical size, so if you did want to convert some of these it would make sense to plant several cuttings in each bucket to fill out the space in a suitable manner.
With the SOG growing method, it is vital to start off with a suitable plant variety. Since you’ll be growing small plants packed close together it will be important not to chose a plant that prefers to grow wide and branchy. If the genetics tend to mature into one main central apical bud naturally, even better.
Uniformity throughout the process is key to getting the best results from SOG. Cuttings should all be of identical size and taken from the same mother plant at the same time. It is best to take many more cuttings than you anticipate finally needing with SOG, and then only pick the ones that have developed to a uniform size and root mass.
Sea of Green (SOG) is a common indoor growing technique that according to legend was developed in Holland in the 1970s.
The pioneering spirit of the Dutch is the stuff of legends. Want some examples? The telescope and the microscope, stock exchanges, Fairtrade, CD’s, Bluetooth are all Dutch inventions. It was also the Dutch who developed a new way of growing cannabis in the 1970s, which would change commercial growing forever.
Anyone living in a small apartment, or working with a Micro Grow Setup, will understand the benefits offered by only needing a small vertical space. Experienced growers can even use shelves to stack several growing levels on top of each other.
It is important to use a suitable variety of cannabis and the best idea is to use clones from a single parent plant. This will ensure that the plants all grow in the same way. Growing identical plants for a short period is the main key to success with a Sea of Green.
The cultivation of cannabis indoors presents the grower with the same challenge every time: how do you make best use if the (limited) space available and how do you ensure that the plants get as much light as possible? The answer: Sea of Green.
If you then change the light cycle to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness, the plants will devote all their energy to creating one main bud. Now is the time to check that the light sources are hanging high enough to avoid creating any hot spots. Incorrectly placing the lamps is one of the most common errors in the cultivation of cannabis.
Auto-flowering cannabis varieties shift automatically to the flowering stage within a few weeks of germination. They are a popular choice for a SOG. On the other hand, auto-flowering seeds tend to develop a branch structure with a wide reach. In addition, because of their Ruderalis genes, they will never develop buds as large and potent as those from seasonal cannabis.
Proper care is everything when it comes to successful SOG cultivation. All the plants must be treated equally. This applies to the lighting and supply of nutrients, as well as watering and pruning. Drip systems have proven useful, because they ensure that all plants receive the same quantities of water and nutrients.
It is worth carefully pruning the plants during both the vegetation and flowering stages. If you remove the lower branches, then the plants have more energy to put into forming buds. The goal is for the plants to put all their energy into forming the main bud.
Once the plants begin to grow visibly and the first leaves have appeared, then the seedling phase is over.
The Sea of Green (SOG) method: No other cultivation method leads to such a rapid cannabis harvest. It takes many, small plants, little space, proper care and following the useful tips in this article! Learn which cannabis varieties to use best and how to avoid the most common mistakes.