Sea of Green: Small Plants, Large Yields

By 01.31.12

Sea of Green
At the most basic level, the SoG method refers to growing several small plants in a small area and making them flower relatively soon after establishing roots. So after a few weeks of vegetative growth at 18 hours of light per day, the plants are switched over to 12 hours of light per day, which forces them to flower.

With a normal plant that has been allowed ample time to establish itself, this would trick the plant into thinking it's fall and time to flower. But with a small plant that hasn’t been given the normal amount of time to develop, it will tend to expend all of its energy growing upwards so it can gain more light energy instead of producing buds.

Sometimes the plants will stop growing short of the light and produce a bud, but a lot of times they don’t. This is obviously a problem, since nobody wants a tall plant, with no buds. This is why SoG doesn’t always work.

More information about the Screen of Green method is available here.

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Screen of Green
Screen of Green takes the SoG method a bit further and makes sure that a grower can maximize his limited amount of vertical space. It uses the same principle of growing small, early flowering plants. The only difference is that a screen, usually chicken wire, is placed a few inches above the seedlings so the plants grow out instead of up. This gives them the maximum amount of light to other parts of the plant besides the top and more light means more energy to grow and flower.

Since the objective of this method is to grow a large quantity of plants to make up for the small amount of buds per plant (up to nine per square foot), you will be left with a tangled mess. But, ideally, at the top of this canopy of weed will be several buds growing up through the holes in the chicken wire. Since the plants end up growing all together in a mass of greenery (a “Sea of Green”), you are better off using clones of females, since growing from seeds will make you end up with some males that will need to be removed. Removing these males from that cluster of weed will be difficult and most likely damaging.

More information about the Screen of Green method is available here.

Box of Green
Box of Green growing takes the manipulation of the marijuana plants to yet another level. It is exactly the same as ScroG, except screens are placed on the sides of the plants as well as the top. This gives the appearance of a “Box of Green”. This is just concentrating the growth of the plants even further to make sure they don’t grow too far out to the sides.

The downside to BoG is that you will need to get into the plants to trim and do other things. This just makes a more tangled mess than ScroG. But it definitely creates a denser canopy, which can lead to more buds.

One more advantage to using the SoG method is that growers can get new crops more often. Granted, there will be a great deal less buds than the average crop, but it is possible to get a new crop every six weeks or so. This is possible if the grower has a separate place to grow the plants in the vegetative stage until they are ready to flower. This vegetative growth can be completed in as few as four weeks if the grower wishes. Flowering takes anywhere between 8 and 12 weeks. So in theory, after the third round of plants is switched over to the flowering room, it is possible to harvest every four weeks. But, of course, nothing ever goes as smoothly as it is supposed to and most plants will need more than eight weeks to flower. Still, this will guarantee the serious grower at least one or two more harvests a year.

More information about the Box of Green method is available here.

These are just a few of many ways that growers have conquered the problem of space. There really isn’t any best way to grow — it's more a matter of personal choice. But Sea of Green and its varied methods are very effective and are probably responsible for some of the weed you smoke regularly.


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