What Is Scrogging / The ScrOG Method?
SCROG stands for Screen of Green. That is actually exactly what scrogging is; a screen full of green buds. To apply the SCROG method to your cannabis plants you need a scrog net. This is a kind of trellis with compartments, which you place horizontally above the plant. By means of the scrog net you will make your weed plant grow in width, instead of only in height. All the hormones that are in the top of the branch (which is growing horizontally) will move to the node (bud) below the top. This causes a new branch to grow from this node and allows you to make use of all the space in your grow space. In the end more buds will form and you will have achieved your goal: a higher yield. And that with the same amount of plants!
Unlike other growing techniques such as topping or fimming, when you go scrogging the plant gets less stressed. When you top or fim, you actually prune the plant. This reduces the chance of problems and keeps your plant healthy. The principle of weed scalping is the same as with the LST growing technique. With Low Stress Training you also let the plant grow horizontally to get more light on other sides, resulting in more buds. LST is often applied earlier in the growing cycle than the scrog technique. Weed scrogging is usually done in the last phase of growth. You can even combine the techniques.
To Top Or Not To Top Your Cannabis Plant
If you’re looking for an explanation of weed scouting, it is likely that you’ll find advice on how to top the weed plant first before you start scouting. But opinions are divided on this matter. The purpose of the two techniques is the same; to make a branch of a cannabis plant grow horizontally, so that another branch grows from another node and thus more buds are formed. When you top a cannabis plant you cut off a piece of the main branch, causing two new branches to grow from the node below it. The advantage of topping a cannabis plant is that the plant will grow smaller. The disadvantage is that it stresses the plant and not always in the right way.
Conclusion: you can top your cannabis plant before scrogging, but it is not necessary. Without topping, you will achieve almost the same result, only with less stress for the plant. Do you mainly want to scrub weed to keep your plant low? Then topping can be a nice tool.
How To Use The ScrOG Method
We’re going to explain to you in a few steps how you can scrub weed. The great thing about this technique is that it’s not difficult at all. Even with two left hands you can do this job. Starting by making a scrog net.
ScrOG Method Step 1: Making A ScrOG Net
The idea is to make a horizontal ‘screen’ that hangs above your cannabis plant. Inside the screen you should have squared compartments, that are approximately 5 centimeters in diameter. This is large enough for your cannabis plant to grow through. You can make a scrog net by making a bamboo or aluminum square and putting it on legs. Then stretch rope, fishing line, iron wire, or other tension wire over the entire surface. Secure the rope or wire with staples, tape or glue if necessary. Note: strength is a prerequisite. You don’t want a scrog net to collapse and destroy your cannabis plant.
You can also choose not to use an enclosure. This is only possible if you have an attachment point at each corner, between which you can stretch the net. The advantage of this is that you can adjust the height of the net with more ease.
ScrOG Method Step 2: Scrogging
You now have a scrog net, so time to get started. It is important that you only start scrogging in the last phase of growth. Hang your scrog net about 20 centimeters above the pot and wait until the plant has reached the net.
Now it’s time to actually apply the scrogging. What you do is pull back each branch that grows through a patch and pass it horizontally under the net. You force the plant to go under the net instead of growing through it. You do this with every twig you see growing through the net.
The branches now have a horizontal position. But by nature (and because of the light) they still tend to grow upwards. What happens now is that a new branch grows from the second upper node and that is exactly what you want to achieve. You can repeat this as a process as many times as you like. With a fast-growing plant you can do this 2 or 3 times a day. Keep on scrogging until your entire scrog net is filled with branches. Eventually all these will grow nice buds.
Some people scrog by pulling down each branch that sticks out of the net and tying it loosely. This is very similar to the LST growing technique. It is an effective way of scrogging but it is not necessary in all cases.
ScrOG Method Step 3: Weed Plant Thieving
If you have been scrogging for a while you will notice that a ‘blanket’ of branches and leaves is formed above the scrog net. Very nice, because all these will soon grow beautiful “fruits”. But it also has a downside. The branches under this blanket get little to no light.
You can choose to die your weed plant. This is done by simply removing all remaining branches and buds from under the blanket that you have created. By doing this you move all the top formation to the top. Firmness is not an issue either, provided you leave the scrog net in place.
In some cases thieving is not necessary. Some grow rooms have reflecting walls so that the branches on the sides and at the bottom are also provided with light. Don’t thieve your cannabis plant if you think you can adequately light these parts of the plant as well.
ScrOG Method Step 4: The Flowering Stage
When the scrog net is filled and your plant is ready, you can switch to flowering. Before you do so, make sure that all the branches are no longer in awkward positions and that they have room to create buds. Have you not done any dithering and notice that the underside of your cannabis plant is in a bad position because of a lack of light? Then go back to step 3 and start from there.
Generate Maximum Yield With The ScrOG Method
As you can see it’s not difficult at all. Scrogging is the easiest growing technique there is. If you want our expert advise on which strain to start the ScrOG process with, we would recommend the Do-Si-Dos Strain
. But besides scrogging you can do more to improve your weed yield. Read the the rest of our website for more useful tips and guidelines on how to grow the best cannabis strains.
ScrOG Method | Frequently Asked Questions
In which stage can I start with the ScrOG Method?
For the best result you should start scrolling in the last growth phase.
What does the name ScrOG Method stand for?
Screen of Green Method, and that basically explains what it is.
Can anyone use the ScrOG Method?
Yes, both beginners and experienced growers can use this method at it is quite easy.
Do my plants grow horizontally when I use the ScrOG Method?
Yes, you teach them to grow horizontally so they create more buds.
Why should I use the ScrOG Method?
To get the highest possible yield from your plants.