What is the scrog method?
It is a technique that helps gardeners grow cannabis plants in a more homogeneous way.
With this form of cultivation, feminized cannabis plants, mostly sativa and hybrid, grow and bloom with their central stem and lateral branches horizontally. This is produced thanks to the mesh in the upper part of the plant that is placed during growth.
If this is the first time you are going to do a scrog, pay attention! Here, we share the step-by-step. This method requires a bit of daily effort because every day you must be careful to put the branches of your marijuana plant under the mesh that makes all the magic.
7 steps to make the Best Scrog
Step 1. Select the correct mesh to scrog
There are different types of mesh on the market and breeders know that the best mesh is the one that suits their growing conditions and needs. Here, we are going to show you some of the main meshes growers use when making their marijuana plant scrog.
- Nylon mesh: This type of mesh is easy to use. However, due to its texture, it can cut the plants both in the branches and the leaves.
- Plastic mesh: This type of mesh needs to be good quality to prevent it from breaking. In some cases, the plastic nets do not support the weight of the plant’s tails and tend to spoil, affecting the crop.
- Metal mesh: It is easy to locate within a crop. Despite this, it needs to be covered with a protector to prevent rust from affecting the weed plants. There are some metal meshes that are covered with plastic and this type of structure is the most ideal.
- Rope mesh: With ropes, you can build a mesh in which the plants are grown. This type of material is easy to use and manipulate. Of course, we recommend using rope meshes with some tension so that they can maintain their structure correctly and allow the plants to grow and flower well.
- Chicken farm bad: These are the meshes used by some farmers looking for a metallic structure that is easy to use. Thanks to the flexibility of this type of mesh, it is possible to grow cannabis plants. If we add resistance to the above, then we are looking at a mesh that is ideal for cultivation.
You must be careful with moisture and possible rust that can swim in these meshes as they are metallic. As said in the previous point, it is possible for rust to affect the plants in their cycle, therefore, caution must be exercised.
Step 2. Fim or Pruning cut for a horizontal cannabis plant
It is important to carry out a fim or pruning type of pruning to achieve horizontal growth of the plant and preventing it from having the typical vertical growth. This helps the plant to produce a good number of lateral arms. In addition, the central stem of the plant generates a multiplication of the number of tips.
All that helps your cannabis strain develop perfectly during growth. In addition, in flowering, marijuana plants flourish by absorbing large amounts of light in indoor crops and also avoiding pests, fungi, and different diseases in flowering because this allows good aeration of the plants and gives them greater freedom.
Step 3. The correct distance between plant cannabis and mesh
It is necessary to have the correct measurement of the distance between the plants and the mesh. This is important for reasons such as the power of light in the garden and also the space you have to grow.
By having a good distance between the plants and the light, the plant receives the lighting in a more direct and homogeneous way, enhancing its horizontal growth and also its flowering. It should be noted that the correct distance is 20 to 55 cm from the pot to the mesh. It is preferable that the square spaces are 5 to 10 cm.
Step 4. Put the branches under the mesh without breaking them
At this point, you need to be careful with the plant. We say this because it is necessary to bend the branches and in some cases, they tend to break.
To prevent the branches that are located under the mesh from breaking, you can first locate the branches of the upper part of the plant that are closer to the mesh. In case some branches are a little shorter, give it 1 more week to stretch as much as possible.
When the branches are well located under the mesh and have covered all the surfaces, you can pass your plant to flowering. It should be noted that in the first two weeks of flowering, the branches will tend to extend because the plant at this time maximizes its size, up to 3 times.
As it encounters stress underneath the mesh, it will have to explode through its side branches. If you want, you can use a plastic tie gently. These will help you control the plant. With this control, the side branches will start to rise as if they were the main tails of your cannabis plant.
Step 5. The flowering of cannabis plants in a Scrog
When to put the plants in bloom?
To avoid excessive planting, it is recommended to go to flowering in a maximum of 3 to 4 days after the tails exceed the mesh so growers avoid stretching problems.
When flowering progresses, you should check each tail to prevent it from breaking due to the weight and also to help give it the necessary light.
Remember that a good ventilation system for both air intake and extraction is necessary. This is because the plant always needs fresh air to be able to maintain itself, even more so with a scrog system.
Step 6. Tie the massive tails to the mesh for their weight
As you can see in the image, the tails are slightly tilted. This is why you may need help from some kind of tie. You can fasten the tails to the mesh with some type of plastic tie or similar. This allows it to have support and helps the tail to bloom with ease.
If you are a breeder who likes to experiment, you can put stakes between the tails and the mesh. This must be done very carefully so as not to damage the crop.
This is why when starting this tutorial, we recommended sativa or hybrid strains because they are the ones intended for scrog. The indica is more complicated because you need more plants to fill the space of 1 mesh.
We must point out that more than 1 indica plant is required for scrog cultivation because their internodes and arms are generally short in indoor cultivation and are not enough to fill a mesh.
Step 7. Be careful with the watering of the plant.
The watering of the cannabis plants is essential for maintaining the plant and must be done with care. We say this to avoid overwatering or water shortages.
Some farmers use hose irrigation systems with scrog while others utilize showers with long dispensers in order to irrigate their marijuana plants.
Don’t overdo it with fertilizers because they can damage your crop. We recommend that you test the plant and if you grow in the substrate, observe the soil and try to feel it or extract samples to measure its humidity.
Another important point is that in the lower part of the plant, you can defoliate to remove the lower branches and leaves that do not serve a greater purpose. Remember that if the lower part of the plant does not get more lighting at all times, there is no development.
Can you scrog outdoors?
Of course you can scrog outdoors! It is highly recommended if you want to have a more discreet crop. In this case, you can use a fixed metal mesh which covers the plants. Remember that it is important to maintain a distance of 30 cm between your cannabis plants so that they can grow and flourish.
For this type of outdoor scrog, we recommend resistant marijuana varieties such as Cafe Racer or Girl Scout Cookies. Why these strains? Well, because they are hybrid and mostly sativa genetics, medium to fast flowering, and also produce heavy yields with powerful buds that are covered in resin.
Also, you can grow on terraces or on a roof with scrog and in a discreet way. In this case, you can use 10L – 20L pots and you must be careful with strong heat and the sun in order to have healthy plants that give you a great harvest.
Cafe Racer growing outdoors with a lateral scrog for the arms.
What other types of crops can be made with scrog?
We want to share with you all the cultivation secrets that we know. That is why we are going to share other ways to scrog so that your garden is a real cannabis jungle.
Here, we are going to highlight the scrog crop in the form of a ring. This style of scrog consists of using a ring that helps to control the plant both in size also in the order of its growth and flowering.
For indoors and outdoors, this technique is perfect. Plants grown from feminized cannabis seeds respond greatly to this technique, especially sativa genetics. The ring generates tension to the arms of the plant. For this reason, they grow stronger and with greater power which translates into a great flowering.
Girl Scout Cookies feminized from Blimburn Seeds growing with ring scrog.
Also, it is possible to scrog indoors in small spaces. In general, 1 m x 1 m spaces are used, however, you can use smaller places of 80 cm x 80 cm. In these cases, you only need 1 smaller mesh where you can grow your cannabis plants.
When you grow in small spaces, you should be aware of the plants’ growth so that they do not stretch too much. It should be noted that pruning is possible and therefore, you can easily acquire your marijuana seeds and grow only one plant.
Only one ganja plant is necessary for these types of crops. Because of that, we recommend hybrid varieties because their growth and flowering will not be as intense as with sativas. Regarding the pots that you can utilize, we recommend that you use pots of 10 L – 15 L maximum.
In summary, the scrog cultivation technique has various applications which can be indoors or outdoors with meshes or rings. Also, you can scrog on large or small spaces, achieving amazing harvests full of powerful buds that are covered in resin.
We invite you to buy your Blimburn Seeds whether they are sativas or hybrids for your crops with scrog. Don’t miss out on your high-quality marijuana seeds with 99% guaranteed germination for your next cultivation of recreational weed.