As a result, it is essential to consider all possible methods to produce a generous yield. This is where the process of ‘training’ cannabis plants come in. There is High-Stress Training (HST) and Low-Stress Training (LST). HST involves removing parts of the plant, while LST doesn’t directly damage your Girl Scout Cookies crop. The purpose of ‘training’ is to change your crop’s chemical balance.
Naturally grown weed produces the main cola (the highest bud), which grows as tall as possible. It looks nice but isn’t a sound growth plan if you want a significant yield. The plant hormone auxin is responsible for dictating the growth of your cannabis, and you will find the highest concentration near the top. This is the reason why your marijuana plants focus much of their growth via the central stalk. When you use the right training techniques, you decrease this upward growth and benefit from more colas and more weed! Topping: This is the easiest HST method and involves removing the top of the plant with your fingers. The top buds become two new branches, and the plant receives a ‘shock’ that helps growth in the lower limbs as well.
FIM (F*** I Missed): This complicated method involves taking away a small and specific part of the top of the marijuana plant. When you do it correctly, you produce four off-shooting branches. It is time-consuming, challenging, and places your plant at risk of infection, but it does produce spectacular yields. Stem Mutilation: You bend the branch until its fibers break and the branch folds. Be careful not to tear the stalk’s skin or break the branch! When done right, stem mutilation provides more light to the bottom part of the plant. This involves bending the plant during its growth cycle. When the top of the cannabis plant is pulled down into an ‘L’ shape, you distribute the chemical auxin more evenly. Eventually, you’ll expose a significant number of bud sites at a level height. During the flowering stage of a cannabis plant, the colas grow upwards, and your plants produce even more of them. Girl Scout Cookies is a sturdy plant and handles temperature fluctuations better than the majority of marijuana strains. Even so, it grows best in a mild, dry climate; think the Mediterranean in fall. Overall, you can’t go wrong if you keep GSC growing in a room with a temperature of between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintaining the right temperature is the easy part of the equation. Humidity causes all manner of problems for new growers. As a rule of thumb, maintain high humidity during the vegetative stage to reduce salt levels. As the plant enters the flowering stage, decrease humidity. We also recommend exposing your GSC to drier air during flowering to increase trichome production and reduce the risk of mold. Rather than delving into a complex outline of the right humidity levels, it is best to keep things simple. Make sure your Girl Scout Cookies plants are in the 50-60% range during the vegetative stage. It is especially important to get the level down to the low thirties in the last two weeks before harvesting; use a dehumidifier if you can. The extra dry air will force the buds to protect themselves with additional resin. As you probably know, the resin is a beautiful sparkling outer layer of trichomes loaded with THC. Girl Scout Cookies is known for its sweet and earthy aroma with hints of mint and chocolate. As you break up the bud, the smell becomes stronger and more alluring. If you enjoy the scent of GSC, try and increase your crop’s terpene content because that’s what is responsible for the pleasant smell.
Avoid chemical nutrients if possible: Check the ingredients of the product. If it includes the likes of Ammonium Phosphate and Magnesium Carbonate, avoid! When feasible, use nutrients made from living things such as worm castings, bone meal, and kelp. Reduce nitrogen in the flowering stage: Although your plants need lots of nitrogen during the vegetative stage, they require more potassium and phosphorus when flowering. Restrict nutrients six weeks before harvest: Your plants need nutrients to power their vegetative growth. Once they stop growing new leaves and stems, it is time to reduce their intake significantly. If you continue to add large amounts of nutrients, especially nitrogen, your crop could have a chemical taste and smell. Add blackstrap molasses: Sugar-based or carbohydrate supplements claim to improve the smell or sweetness of your buds. However, they are often expensive, and blackstrap molasses works just as well.
You can buy them at a grocery store, and they add trace minerals, sugars, and amino acids. Add the molasses to the water used on your plants in the final few weeks of growth. Don’t use molasses if you are growing your Girl Scout Cookies hydroponically. Expose your plants to UV-B light: Although UV-B light exposure is bad for humans, it potentially increases the trichome production of your plants.