Sea Of Green Growing Method

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What is a Sea of Green? are there Advantages? How to train your plant?

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Today we decided to go over the Sea Of Green Method. Pretty well known, we figured it would be useful go over the pro’s and con’s of it and how to get a nice SOG in your grow room.

Here’s what we’re going to go over in this tutorial:

What is the Sea Of Green Growing Method?

Sea of Green, also referred to as “S.O.G”, is a growing method where you force the plants into the flowering stage very early. Generally the plants only stay in the vegetative stage for about 2 weeks.

The main strong-point of this method is that it allows you to harvest your plants much quicker, although they won’t yield as much as other growing methods.

Plant training wise the idea is to One Bud each plant, in order for her to take as less room as possible, creating small, but dense, plants.

What are the pro’s and con’s of SOGging?

The Sea Of Green method definitely strong points to it, especially the time saving aspects of it, although there are some strong catches to it also..
Here’s an overview of the main pro’s and con’s we found

The pro’s:
  • Shorter vegetative (growth) stage
  • Good for small and/or short grow rooms; the plants won’t be very tall
  • Visually, it’s impressing to see all those buds
  • Each plant will have one massive bud
The con’s: 
  • Best to be done with cutting of the same a unique plant (must know how to do cuttings)
  • Not recommended to grow different types of strain at the same time
  • Density issues can occur
  • Large number of plants to take care of
  • No development of side branches

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How to do a Sea Of Green?

Doing a SOG is basically applying the One Bud method to a large number of plants.
We won’t explain the plant training part as we did a article on One Budding if you want to know more.
In this section we’ll go over the larger steps of SOGging.

How to set up a Sea of Green Step by Step

  1. Grow a Mother Plant. This step isn’t mandatory but strongly recommended since you want each plant to have the closest characteristics as possible (high, nutrients, …).
    You could still opt for multiple seeds of the same strain, but you’re taking the risk for them
  2. Decide how many plants you’re going to want.
    A good starting point is around 25 plants/m².
  3. Make the cuttings off of one plant.
    You should make more than needed in order to be able to pick the strongest ones or if they don’t all take (newbie average success rate is of ~50%)
  4. Once your cuttings have grown roots transplant them into your first pots, after which you will implement the One Bud plant training (link to the how-to below)
  5. After about 2 weeks transplant them into the final pot.
    Once the stress of transplantation has passed switch to a shorter photo-period (12/12) in order to get the flowering stage going.
  6. Act as you normally would, providing the necessary ingredients and watch your grow room turn into a Sea of Green 🙂
SOG during the flowering stage

Image credit to AlchemiaWeb

Can you do a Sea of Green with any strain?

Technically yes but since a SOG is just a large number of plants One Budding we’ll bring forward the same points.
Choose the strain wisely, you don’t want to pick a strain that has been developed to grow strong side branches. Furthermore, if you’re objective is a quick cycle be careful of the time necessary for the weed to flower.

That’s it for this one folks! Don’t hesitate to send us a message if need be

Until next time,
Be safe and grow easy

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