Growing cannabis can come with all kinds of problems, though broken or bent stems can definitely appear to be irreversibly damaging. However, there are many methods by which growers can actually fix their plants if either of these things were to happen. Here's a handy little guide on how to repair your cannabis plants should the worst happen:
A cannabis plants stem can be damaged by actions as simple as handling it too carelessly, and this problem is especially prevalent in plants that are more rigid and upright. Wind or a surplus of airflow can also severely harm your plants stalks and stems. Another way they can be broken or damaged is from growing techniques like high or low stress training methods. It really is vital to know how to fix a broken stem should it ever occur in your garden, as if damage to them is left untreated it can result in plant death.
Duct tape and scotch
The most popular way to fix a broken or detached stem is the tape technique, which consist of using tape to, well, tape it back together again. Duct tape and scotch tape can both be used, though which kind you use largely depends on the extent of the damage and the weight of the branch being fixed. Essentially, duct tape is for more severe cases and vise versa.
Follow these steps should you ever find yourself in a situation in which your plant or, god forbid, plants, have broken stems:
- Cut a piece of tape around 5 inches long and wrap it very tightly around the broken branch
- Make sure that the stem and the base of it are packed tightly together to aid the fixing process
- Wait for 2 - 4 weeks whilst checking on the plants progress every single day to avoid unnoticed complications
If your problem isn't as serious as a totally broken stem, and your stem is simply a little bent or has minimal damage, follow these instructions:
- Put a thin piece of wood or plastic into your soil, ensuring it is upright towards the bent stem
- Wrap a piece of duct tape around the wood and your stem, joining them together
- This will act as a support structure until the stem can stand alone
- Be extremely cautious when removing the tape!
Hopefully this has been sufficient advice for you should your plant stems ever go a bit hay-wire, and likewise I hope I have put your mind at ease since the mending measures really are very simple.
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