Sea-of-Green Support in SOG method
The Sea-of-Green Support is effectively used as part of the Sea-of-green method in cultivating hemp. The objective of the technique of Sea-of-Green – also called SOG – is to obtain the maximum harvest of flowers in the shortest time. To achieve this result, the growth of plants is forcely limited. Reducing its vegetative development, and thus taking full advantage of the space available, growers save on costs of maintenance, especially electricity.
Tips for achieving maximum results with the SOG method
When applying the SOG method, it is important to choose the appropriate plant variety. Since it is a question of growing several small plants using as little space as possible, it is important that the plant grow naturally on a main stem and does not constrict vertically in the first stage of growth. Thus a good Sea-of-Green support is helpful in keeping the plants in place, allowing maximum use of space.
To obtain a high quality harvest an important factor is uniformity. For this purpose it is more advisable to use cuttings – clones – than seeds. In addition the cuttings should be of the same measure and originated from the same mother plant. The Sea-of-Green support favors a uniform growth. Thanks to the regular diameter of the square mesh, it is possible to order the stems and branches so that they reach the required amount of light homogeneously.
In a situation where there are many plants compressed in a small space, viruses or mycoses can easily develop, especially in case of contact with the moist soil. The Sea-of-Green support keeps the foliage away from moisture and facilitates air circulation into the dense vegetative material. Consequently there is less incidence of mold and bacterial and viral diseases. Indeed, once Sea-of-Green support is installed, it is not necessary to intervene by manipulating the plants. This avoids the risk of a virus infection of tobacco caused by the manipulation of the branches. The hands in fact become a vector of transmission of this Virus.
Thanks to Sea-of-Green support leaf are supported and distributed naturally in the structure of the mesh. This spontaneous distribution avoids a vertical growth that would cause a great loss of energy. On the contrary nutrients are concentrated in the roots, in the main stem and in the flowers in the stage of flowering.
The use of the Sea-of-green support has the additional advantage of optimizing the crop space, ensuring that each stem corresponds to a grid frame and obtaining complete coverage of the area.
Advantages of the Sea-of-green support technique
- It is probably the easiest method to obtain an abundant and uniform harvest.
- Unlike the SCROG – Screen of green method – there is no need to prune the branches, nor to practice topping.
- Less risk of disease, damage and errors. It should be remembered that pathogens represent a very devastating threat to this type of crop.
- Not much space is needed because plants are kept small.
- Very fast harvest, practically in few weeks.
- Uniform and complete flowering.
- Continuous cycle in rotation. The Sea-of-green support, once opportunely disinfected, may be available for the next crop.