Monster cropping weed plants is a simple process and if done right can lead to massive yields in a short space of time. It’s a relatively recent method that involves small risk and massive gains, allowing you to get the most out of your favourite strain and enjoy a bumper harvest. What’s not to like? In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about this rather special growing technique so continue reading and check it out!
What is monster cropping?
The monster cropping method is also known as ‘flowering clones’ which indicates what this technique involves. No one knows exactly why it works so well, but it is thought that the high-stress training encourages the formation of colas as the plants start to recover.
In a nutshell, monster cropping involves taking clones from plants that are already in the flowering phase and returning them to the vegetative stage once they have taken root. If successful by the times the clones reach flowering, they should be a decent-size, bushy and covered with plant nodes ready to develop into good quality buds. Monster cropping is ideal for impatient indoor gardeners who are short on space and time.
When to apply monster cropping?
The optimal time to take clones for monster cropping is a fortnight (but not later than three weeks) after the mother plant has been placed on the 12/12 lighting schedule and has started to flower. Once the first buds have formed, cultivators should be ready to set to work and preparing to take cuttings.
Is it possible to monster crop outdoors?
Yes, monster cropping works well outdoors with the proviso that you need to live somewhere with a warm climate for most of the year. If you get the timings right, it is possible to enjoy two harvests a year.
Growers plant seedlings in winter, when the nights are at their longest. This leads to the plants flowering very quickly. It is possible to keep plants in the vegetative phase by ensuring they have access to a tiny amount of light during the night. They should not have over 12 hours in darkness, but they need to be ready to reach the flowering phase by the end of spring when the days are becoming long enough to switch the clones back to the vegetative phase. Growers harvest the buds at that stage, retaining a nicely-developed root system and a robust plant base in time for the next growing season to begin. Growers then have enough time to plant out in the usual way a second time.
How to monster crop weed plants?
The first thing you need to do is to select the mother plant. Choose a fine specimen that is free from disease and pests and has grown strong and tall.
Take a disinfected scalpel or very sharp knife and choose a lower branch as these are more likely to root than upper branches. cut at a 45-degree angle (diagonally) which provides a larger surface area for nutrients and water to be absorbed and roots to grow.
Take more cuttings than you think you will need as about a quarter will take root, and take care to disinfect the scalpel each time. Rigorous hygiene standards will enormously increase your chances of success.
Place each clone immediately in water or rooting gel which seals the cut and prevents it from dying due to oxygen exposure. You can either leave them there until roots develop or place them in a growing medium, such as Rockwool.
Once the clones have started to grow, the next stage is to alter the light cycle to return them to a vegetative state. 18:6 is very popular but anything from 18 to 24 hours of light will work. You will notice that the plants grow rather unusually with odd-shaped branches and round leaves. This is normal and lasts for about three to four weeks.
Once your clones are fully in the vegetative phase, you can use low-stress training methods to further encourage lateral growth.
Top 3 – best strains to monster crop
Wondering which strains are best to monster crop? Check it out below!
Created by crossing a Skunk with an Afghanica, Big Bud has undergone a long and careful stabilization process to ensure that the exceptional phenotype will be successfully produced by future generations.
Big Bud has won several awards since its original release and is a wise choice for those wishing to grow the maximum amount of buds possible per crop.
Big Bud’s flowering cycle is slightly longer than most cannabis strains but is one of the most productive around and is known for its impressively huge buds. As an Indica it is also receptive to cloning and thus monster cropping.
Tip: check our Big Bud seeds
White Widow is a hybrid and is notoriously easy to grow and take cuttings for monster cropping. White Widow is a highly recommended marijuana plant for medical use, thanks to its high content of CBD and moderate levels of THC, between 12% and 15%, so it is perfect for treating the symptoms of many ailments and injuries.
Its taste is sweet and citrusy with an indescribable flavour. White Widow will invite you to while away long hours of relaxation and discover why she is one of the most legendary varieties of marijuana.
White Widow is 60% Indica and 40% Sativa with a flowering period within 55 to 60 days and indoor production of 450g per m2 and between 500g – 750g per m2 outside.
Tip: check our White Widow seeds
OG Kush has strong genetics resulting from a cross between a Pakistani Kush and a Lemon Thai, then crossed with a Chemdawg (another of the most legendary varieties). The end product: a powerful 75% Indica plant whose effects and taste are very similar to those of Kush. However, it is the Sativa side (25%) that dominates when the OG Kush is consumed. It gently takes you away to transport you to an exhilarating high. This power comes from its Lemon Thai heritage and Chemdawg’s Sativa side. The combination of this intoxicating effect followed by a deep feeling of body relaxation explains why OG Kush is so popular. OG Kush is a variety that is slightly more challenging to cultivate but has the potential to produce impressive crops that will never fail to impress all your friends.
Tip: check our OG Kush seeds