One of the most creative ways to grow cannabis at home is to train it as a true bonsai
The word "Bonsai" is a Japanese term that, translated word for word, means "planted in a pot". You can grow a cannabis plant to get any shape you can imagine. And if you do it right, you can train your plant to look like a real bonsai. In addition to being a fun way to grow your plant, this approach to growing marijuana has a number of advantages.
The benefits of Bonsai
It helps you grow plants that are small and easy to manage, but still produce a lot of buds, it can help keep your plant healthy and disease free. A good bonsai only takes 20x20cm. When one has the chance to encounter a remarkable phenotype over the course of selections, it becomes unthinkable not to keep in the form of a mother plant, to cultivate cuttings at leisure afterwards. A bonsai mother, if well-nourished, produces 10 30 cuttings every 14 day under a discharge lamp (HPS or MH) or all 20 days under neon lights. In a space of 1m20 on 60cm with 18 mothers under neon lights, we can get more than 9500 cuttings per year ...
We are not here talking about intensive production but it shows how flexible and efficient this system can be. It allows connoisseurs to keep a good selection of varieties in a relatively small space. These mother plants, if they enjoy ideal conditions, can then quickly invade the growing chamber. To preserve genetics without becoming cumbersome, the farmer will generally use bonsai.
Make a mother from a cutting
Let's start by making a mother of a cutting, and that's simple. You often find that in every turn of cuttings, some stand better, are more solid and generally are prettier than the others. Take one or two of these cuttings, and especially not among the rejects. Keep in mind that this mother will provide you with cuttings, the best is needed. Put the cutting in a square pot of 6cm aside. These pots are more practical for trimming the roots as you will see later.
Let it grow for a few days so that it starts to make roots then trim it to get 3 or 4 side shoots. These small branches will form the main skeleton of your mother. Both of the top will grow faster and when it will be about 12 cm. Pinch or cut their ends just above a knot. This will allow the second pair to develop immediately, pinch it in the same way.
Grow a bonsai tree
Step 1. Drill holes in the pot
Use your drill to make a series of holes in the top edge of the pot. Later, you will run your string or yarn through these holes, make sure that whatever you use can adapt to the holes you make.
Step 2. Form the formwork
The first step to really start making your baby cannabis (cutting) a bonsai tree is to use one or small wooden piles to form the trunk. This is to influence the trunk to get the shape you want. Press very gently on the small wooden pile in the ground, and along the trunk of your plant. You do not want to damage the roots, so go smoothly. Fold or wrap the "formwork" around your plant.
Now, with a string (or wire), through any hole, loop the string or wire and tie it all together. This will keep your trunk growing in the direction you have just positioned.
Step 3. Train the branches
As your cannabis plant continues to grow, you must continue to train the individual branches to get the shape of the bonsai you are considering. To do this, you will essentially use your string or yarn, as well as the holes you drilled in the top of the pot, to form the branches to grow in the direction you need them.
Of course, it's your design. So, if you want a section to start getting larger, then do not let go of it as much. If you want a section to grow more horizontally than it is large, then that's where you'll have to attach it.
Step 4. Cut branches as needed
From time to time, you can also cut new growth to keep your plant in its bonsai form. When doing this, you must be very careful not to accidentally break a main branch.
Only cutting branches that are new branches come out of a primary branch. And when you shoot, do it carefully and gently. We suggest using a pair of sharp scissors. This step will help keep your plant in the desired bonsai form. But the cut will also help improve air circulation. Improved airflow will reduce the chance of your plant reaching a moisture-rich, and therefore moldy, top, or that the soil is contaminated with an unwanted fungus.
Step 5. Harvest
Eventually, your marijuana bonsai will enter the flowering phase. Keep an eye on the hair trichomes covering the flowers of your plant. When the trichomes turn milky white, you can cut the flowers. Hang them upside down in a well-ventilated room to dry.
When you can hang the stem with your fingers, it's time to heal the buds. To do this, place them in glass jars, seal the lid and place the jar in a dark, dry place. Check the jars daily. If it gets too wet, remove the lid. Then replace the cover. Once the buds are semi-dry but still sticky, you are ready to light up.
As you enjoy the fruits of your cultivation work, sit back and enjoy the beauty of your bonsai. Bonsai is an ancient art!