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Growing cannabis is an art, but it requires much knowledge for the plant to reach its fullest potential. As with any plant, strong stems are mandatory for successful growth and maximum yield. Find out why sturdy stems are critical to cultivation succession and how you can grow stronger cannabis plant stems.
Why You Want Strong Plant Stems
When growing your cannabis, your first goal is likely to get the biggest and best buds possible, but you should probably look toward growing the strong stems first. Why? Here are just a few of the benefits strong stems offer:
- Greater Bud Weight: Stronger stems can better support the weight of larger buds, making them ideal for cannabis growers who want to maximize their yields.
- Taller Plants: Plants with stronger stems can hold themselves up more easily. This allows your plants to grow taller, making all the difference in a crowded growing environment.
- Better Stress Resistance: A stronger stem can better withstand abiotic stressors such as wind or heavy rainstorms. This means fewer broken branches, a decrease in fallen buds, and less time spent trying to prop up wilting plants!
How to Grow Stronger Cannabis Plant Stems
There are many ways you can reach your goals of increasing your cannabis plant stem diameter and strength.
Soluble Silica: Silicon (Si) exists in all plants grown in soil, making up 0.1% to 10% of plant tissue. Plants can only absorb Si as soluble mono-silicic acid, known as plant-available silicon (PAS). This nutrient enhances the strength and rigidity of plants down at the cellular level, which reduces lodging and increases the light-receiving posture of the plant, allowing the plant to photosynthesize further and grow more—setting your cannabis up to grow thicker, stronger stems.
Nutrients: Without adequate nutrients, it’s impossible for your cannabis plants to grow healthily or produce strong stems. To get started, select a nutrient-rich soil mix like Harvest Hero Enhanced Perlite Mix that has been specifically designed for growing cannabis. This will give your plants the micronutrients they need to grow and thrive. Additionally, you should supplement with additional nutrients as needed throughout the growth cycle. Don’t forget pH levels play a critical role in nutrient uptake, and too much of any single nutrient could lead to nutrient lockout and negatively impact stem strength and overall plant health.
Lighting: Lighting is another important factor in growing cannabis with strong stems. Plants need light to photosynthesize—which is how they convert sunlight into energy—and this energy helps them grow bigger and stronger over time. Too little light means weaker stems; too much light can lead to leaf burn and other issues that can stunt growth and weaken stems over time. To get the most out of your lighting setup, keep bulbs at least 18 inches away from the tops of your plants when possible, and use supplemental lighting like HID lights only if absolutely necessary.
Training Techniques: Training techniques like topping or pruning can help strengthen stems by encouraging lateral branching instead of vertical growth (which leads to taller but weaker stems). Topping involves cutting off the tips of branches while pruning removes entire branches from plants completely; these techniques stress out cannabis plants in a controlled way, encouraging them to produce more flowers (which leads directly to stronger stems). Just remember that topping and pruning require precision timing, so ensure you have researched before attempting either technique.
Grow Stronger Stems with Harvest Hero
Give your plants the silica boost they need with Harvest Hero’s Natural Soil Conditioner with Diatomaceous Earth to help increase stem strength. This 100% natural soil substrate increases plant growth, improves soil conditions, and strengthens plants against abiotic stressors for better plant mass.
- 100% natural diatomaceous earth – A readily available silica source that helps fortify plant tissues.
- Strengthens plant cell walls – Excellent source of soluble silicon which helps combat abiotic stress.
- Reduces water costs – Improves the retention of moisture in potting mix and soil holding a greater amount of fluid and drying at a slower rate.