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Sea Of Green Cannabis Grow Room

The Green Sea

When growing Marijuana, you may have come across the phrase ‘S.O.G’ which means sea of green. In this video, brought to you by Grower MD, you see a huge grow room in day 56 of flowering. This grow room is a perfect example of how a sea of green setup works. As the name suggests this method of growing involves filling out the canopy to the point of the entire room being a green sea! This means that that as many plants as possible will produce a huge harvest that is easy to maintain.

Sea of Green Maximize your Grow Space

Many grow videos online talk about growing massive indoor and outdoor plants but never really cover smaller grow spaces with limited height. The setup in this video is a great example for the home grower who choses to grow inside a cupboard or wardrobe. The way a sea of green should be set up, in order to achieve results as shown in this video, is to place the pots so they grow in a square formation. To give you a better idea, a grow tent that is 1 metre squared can hold many 9-12 good sized plants growing in a uniform way. A tent of say 1.8 m² would hold 18-24 plants. In a sea of green grow there should be no space where light can pass through the canopy.

Smaller Plants Work Best With Sea Of Green

When growing Marijuana, this technique works really well at ensuring the plants stay uniform. If you are growing an Indica dominant strain the the final results should be a hedge-like canopy of 70cm tall plants. If you are growing strains that are more Sativa dominant, you will need to support the plants at some stage to avoid the plants falling over. This is where a screen or net is used as a trellis to hold up the canopy tops. Sea of green works really well when the plant is left untrained for the duration of the grow, as sometimes there will be so many plants that training becomes too difficult and time consuming. Sativa strains can end up with a canopy which is not uniform and neat so it is best to find out which strains we recommend for sea of green and scrog grows. This can save a lot of time and hassle later down the line when flowering your plants.

No Walkways

As you can see in this video after 56 days of flowering, the entire room is full of nothing but top heavy buds. To ensure they are utilising all of the available space, the grower decided not to create room to work around the plants and did not add a walkway.. If your grow space is not as large as the one shown here, still keep the concept of having plant matter in every space that receives light in mind. Grower MD chooses to grow Green Crack which is a medium high plant with a main central bud. As you can see this strain works very well for a sea of green setup as they stay neat and uniform and will be easy to harvest.

The following strains are good for a sea of green setup: Snow white, Bubblegun, Spliff Strawberry, AK.

4 Versus 1

A good example of how to imagine how a sea of green works is if you consider that for one large sized plant, there will be 4 smaller plants growing in the same sized patch. By using 4 plants instead of 1, a grower can obtain much higher yields per lamp and per square meter. Because the plants stay smaller most budding sites are concentrated in central colas, this makes harvesting easier as well. If you were to do this on a large scale like a greenhouse or large indoor space, where you may have grown 6 large plants, you can now grow 30-40 smaller sized plants and harvest all of them together. When growing marijuana, more plants will generally mean more flowers if grown successfully, this is the main reason that sea of green setups work so well.

When growing Marijuana, you may have come across the phrase ‘S.O.G’ which means sea of green. In this video, brought to you by Grower MD, you see a huge grow

Sea of Green (SOG) – Harvest more, faster

Growing cannabis is surprisingly simple: all you need are a few seeds, pots, water and light. If, however, you want to maximise yields and also save time, you will do best with a Sea of Green. No other growing approach will allow you to harvest so much in so little time.

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.

We are talking about the Sea of Green method, which combines two major benefits: maximum yields and minimum time invested. Sound too good to be true? Not at all! With a few simple tips, any keen gardener can successfully grow cannabis.

Sea of Green

The cultivation of cannabis indoors presents the grower with the same challenge every time: how do you make best use of the (limited) space available and how do you ensure that the plants get as much light as possible? The answer: Sea of Green.

This approach to cultivation uses a lot of small plants, instead of a few large plants. The growth phase is deliberately kept short, so that the space is completely filled and the light efficiency can be maximised.

Which cannabis varieties are suitable for a Sea of Green?

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.

If you prefer to use cannabis seeds, then make sure they are all of the same variety. Sativas tend to grow too lanky and would impinge on the other plants, but Indicas are more suitable.

The following varieties are particularly appropriate for use as a Sea of Green: Super Skunk, Afghani #1, Hindu Kush and because it is very robust, the classic Northern Lights as well.

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.

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Going from growth to flowering phase

The ideal pot size is around 15 cm, holding 4 to 6 litres. This means the plants will be fully mature at a height of 30 to 50 cm.

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.

A common mistake is to assume that the pots need to be placed as close together as possible. This creates a seamless plant surface area, which initially sounds like a great idea. But what this actually means is that the plants are competing directly with each other, with the result that they try to outgrow each other. This “jungle effect” causes stress for the plants, which in turn leads to less biomass or less bud formation.

It is better if the plants do not initially touch each other. The ideal timing for a Sea of Green is not during the first one or two weeks of the vegetation phase, but instead from about the fourth week of the bud formation.

Once the plants begin to grow visibly and the first leaves have appeared, then the seedling phase is over.

Opinions differ as to how long the vegetation phase should last. There are growers who trigger the flowering phase after just a few days, but it is better to wait 10 to 14 days before doing so. The plants are still very young at this point.

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.

Uniformity is the answer

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.

Superfluous leaves and spindly side branches should be removed during the flowering phase. A welcome side effect of this is that it improves the circulation of air.

Important: Great care must be taken with any intervention on growing plants! If you remove too many leaves or branches at once, you run the risk of the plants going into shock and ceasing to grow normally, or producing fewer buds.

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. ]]>