Diving in to this "Sea Of Green" craze, I have to admit, I never knew the term existed. Guess I’m getting old or not up with the current "Go Hard's" slang and grow standards. Sea Of Green or SOG is a method of growing marijuana in a way that causes, or forces, flowering to occur at and extremely young age — two weeks after being cloned. The plants are crammed into trays double the amount, from roughly 12 to 24 to a tray. Or an entire floor space of a given area is dedicated to a massive single cycle grow.
In an age of ‘I want it now and instant gratification, it seems we want our marijuana plants to hustle just as fast. There are some possible drawbacks to this method that I will explain below.
Some possible drawbacks to this process to keep in mind are that the plants are young — REALLY young — to be switching to flower cycles. Roots may not be fully established, so on first attempts at this you may lose a few. Also keep in mind the dangers of stressing young clones. Any single marijuana plant has the potential the become a hermaphrodite when under too much stress. The potential for polluting the rest of the room would be inevitable with just one plant turning. This would be devastating to a grow method such as Sea Of Green since the entire yield is on the same cycle and in the same space.
The up side to the Sea Of Green grow method is the obvious pay out and turnaround rate. With all going correctly, you can really turn a large profit in a short amount of time. The SOG method promotes smaller plants with bigger colas where all the plant’s attention is seriously putting bud to stem. With this method, it is truly the most extreme way to control the cycle, structure, and purpose of the plant, getting exactly what you wanted off the plant in the fastest time and at the biggest yield.
If you have not heard of Sea of Green Growing, you might want to take a look. I found some no-nos in researching this method. TheWeedBlog.com states here:
"How to Use the Sea of Green Method"
"You don’t need to have any special skills for the SOG method to be effective. All you really have to do is understand the concept. The lack of a need for training and pruning makes SOG one of the easiest methods for growing weed."
"Below you’ll find a simple step-by-step guide:"
"1. Germinate seeds or take cuttings to create clones"
"2. Grow them using 18 to 24 hours of light until they reach around 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) in height"
"3. Space the plants out at about 1 or 2 plants per square foot (30cm by 30 cm) and change the lighting regimen to 12/12 to force flowering."
"4. Once a dense canopy of buds forms, trim the branches beneath and use them for clones."
"5. Harvest when you’re ready."
- I will advise against STEP 4 - At no time should one clone from a flowering plant. This increases the stress on the clone, decreases potency, and causes abnormalities in growth, such as deformed leave growth and hermaphrodite traits.
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