Who doesn’t want yields all year long without taking up lots of room? That’s what Dutch growers had in mind when they created a method of growing called the Sea of Green Growing Method, or “SOG” for short. This method was created with the intention to yield as much as cannabis as possible within a short amount of time within a confined space.
Benefits of the Sea of Green Method:
- Big yields in a small growing area
- Faster vegging and flowering times = faster harvests
- More efficient use of lighting & space than with single-growing plants
- These grows are great sources for clippings and future clones
The sea of green method of growing has the grower start the flowering stage much earlier than usual, forcing the plants to create buds quickly. Because the plants will be in such tight quarters, a canopy of buds forms under your light, giving your plants plenty of light over the top of your grow. This technique is perfect for growers using smaller spaces, and even bigger growers with various grow tables set up- all with the goal of yielding big harvests fast.
Sea of Green Technique
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to implement this grow method, and excited for the yields you be getting more often.
Start by gathering some female marijuana clones in your grow space, putting each plant within a 1 sq.ft. area (12×12″) of each other.
- Keep in mind the size grow area when filling it with clones. There’s little light that will hit the branches below the canopy, which means your plants will make the most out of your light, spending less time making branches and more time making buds.
- If you have too few plants this method will not work, as there will not be a canopy formed by plants to take advantage of the light. Too many plants in your grow space and you’ll start to see more branch growth and less bud production.
- When you transplant clones in to grow buckets, low-stress train your plants to grow out instead of up. In about two weeks tie a small bit of string to each branch of your plant and lightly bend the branch so that it sits flat instead of reaching up.
- Make sure to keep a close eye on your clones and be ready to take that string off when the branches start to get thicker during the flowering stages. Keeping them tied down through the life of the plant can snap the branches or uproot your plant all together.
When lighting your clones, you’ll want to use a vegging light cycle for about 2-3 weeks (18 on/ 6 off; or 24 hours, depending on the strain being grown).
After a brief vegging period, you’ll begin flowering your growing plants. Switch your lighting schedule to 12 on/ 12 off until your plants are ready to harvest.
Sea of Green Tips
- This method bunches multiple cannabis plants together in order to create a big canopy, which is why is the spread of your light is more important than its focus. A bigger canopy means the light is hitting more buds than with spaced out plants. Be sure that plants are at an even height and watch out for hot spots of light on the canopy.
- Be sure to do regular pruning of branches and excess foliage. This will allow your plants to use their energy for bud production rather than branch growth.
- The plants you yield will be smaller than plants grown with a traditional method, but the yield quantity will be larger per square foot than a single large marijuana plant. If you want bigger plants, you’ll want to use traditional methods of growing.
- Flowering time will vary from strain to strain, but the key is to start flowering early. Make sure you know the strain you have and its flowering time to assure proper flowering growth.
- #1 Tip: Not all strains will be viable with the “SOG”method. Indica strains, because of their short stature and fast flowering times, do well with this method. Sativas and hybrids, however, do not do so well because they have more branches in them, which means more branch production and less flower production. However, strains may vary.