Use LST to Grow a Short Sativa

by Nebula Haze

Bonsaid marijuana plant

Key Takeaway: You Can Use LST (Low Stress Training) to Force Any Marijuana Plant to Grow Into Any Shape You Want

LST allows you to train your marijuana plants to grow into basically any shape.

This gives you the power to  force any strain to grow short, giving you the ability to grow a short Sativa or Haze, strains which normally grow too tall and stretchy to get good yields indoors. 

To do this, you physically force the plant by providing no other options. You actually bend and gently manipulate your plants to grow into your desired shape, like an artist or scuptor.

You can use basically anything to tie plants down.

You can rig almost anything to help you with LST (low stress training)

I highly recommend getting a spool of twisty tie or garden wire (soft, bendable wire, specifically made for the garden) to tie your plants down with. Garden wire is soft and pliable, yet strong. This allows you to quickly hook the wire around branches and secure the other end to whatever you want, without hurting your plants.

Yet you don't need special garden wire to be successful. You can use anything from string to paper clips.

Feel free to get creative! After you attach one end to the part of the plant you want to train, the other end can be tied to weights, to the pots your plants are in, your hydroponics bucket, or most anything.

In the best case scenario, you want to keep everything self-contained, so you can easily move your plant around later.

Here's the low-down on how to LST your plant…

How to LST

View the complete article with step-by-step pictures and explanation of each step here:

Step 1: Top or FIM your young plant when she’s only got 3-5 nodes.

This sets the stage for further LST

Set the stage for LST - Either Top or FIM your young marijuana plant
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Step 2: Spread out your branches so they lie flat and secure them.

Especially in the very beginning, think of creating a "star" shape with your plant. The branches should be gently pulled down to lay as flat as possible.

With LST, in the beginning, you want to create a "star" shape with your plant by pulling all the branches down and away from the center

Step 3: Supercrop your plants (optional)

Click for full supercropping explanation
Supercropping can be used to force certain branches sideways


Step 4: Repeat Steps 2 & 3 throughout Vegetative stage and into first few weeks of Flowering Stage

That's it!

Click here for complete tutorial on how to LST:

If you’ve LST’ed properly during the vegetative stage, your plant will naturally grow rows of colas along the top of whatever shape plant you've created.

As you continue to spend time training and observing your plants, you’ll gain an even better understanding of how marijuana plants grow.

LST is more of an art form than a science, and it’s time for you to bring out your inner artist!

Crazy example of LST (low stress training)
Picture by Dankmadness



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