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    To start, let me explain just what low stress training (LST) is.
    All training is, is making your plant do something you want. The best part about LST, is the key "Low Stress". It doesn't stress your plant nearly as much as other training methods. All LST involves doing is the tieing or staking down of a plants top/uppermost growth shoots in order to get more top growths. This bends the plant over and spreads the light to the undermost parts of your plants. When you do this, it makes the undergrowth bush out as well. However, spreading the light isn't what makes your plant bush out.

    Auxins
    Auxins, as defined in the science world are a type of plant growth hormone. In Marijuana, they are the most import hormone when it comes to vegetative growth. In an untrained, regular marijuana plant, the auxins are most heavily distributed to the top/uppermost growth. The plant identifies this growth as its top and strives to grow it up towards the light more than the other lower growths. This is where LST comes into play. When you bend a plants top growth over, the plant identifies that it's top growth is no longer growing up, and it works to gain a new top growth. In essence, the auxins spread throughout your whole plant and this creates new growth along your nodes that have the potential to be equal to a "top bud or cola".
    When flowering, this will give you more top buds, but less smaller popcorn buds that formed along the bottom of a regular grown plant.

    Now, let's take a look at the reasons why we LST.

    [B]Space[/B ] - Many of times growers do not have the space to allow their plant to grow through the vegetative and flowering phase straight up (PC grows, attic grows, box grows). This is where LST comes into play. By tieing/staking down your plant, instead of growing vertically your plant grows horizontally, allowing your plant to still develop to maturity without growing up against your lights..

    Light - As a plant grows upward towards the light, you constantly have to move your lighting fixture up to keep from burning your plant. As your light gets higher up, it gets further away from your bottom nodes and leaves. This can cause for more scraggly buds and leaves on the bottom of your plant, and put a dent in your harvest. This is especially true when you have lower powered lights(t5, CFLs, etc.)However, if you LST your plant sort of grows horizontally, allowing all of your budsites that grow up to be more exposed to the light. You will still have upward growth, just not as much depending on how long you let your new growth shoots grow before flowering, or LSTing the new growth down.

    Stealth - Many of times those outdoor plants you have growing by the fence in the backyard just get too tall. What to do? Instead of growing up, just grow horizontally. This can keep those pesky neighbors from knowing that you have more than tomatoes growing in the yard.

    LST can be done in many fashions.

    The Closehanger
    For this method, all you need is a closehanger, wirecutters, some string or wire, and a piece of ducttape. This is for younger and smaller plants.

    Step 1: Cut your closehanger into straight pieces (8-12 inches depending on how tall your plant is). You want the top of the closehanger to be anywhere from 4-6 inches below the top of your plant.

    Step 2: Put a Crook or a bend in the end of the closehanger piece. This allows you to put the 2nd node down from the top of your plant under it.

    Step 3: This is called the countertie, and is probably one of the most important steps. Take your string or wire and make you a piece long enough to reach from the base of your plant to the edge of your pot. Tie your string or wrap your wire about 3 inches up the base of your plant and run it to the edge of the pot. Don't pull on the plant, just make sure it isn't loose. Tape the other end of the wire/string to your pot. This gives a counter resistance to your LST so that your plant doesn't get uprooted on the stake down.

    Step 4: Place your closehanger in the dirt of your pot, with the crooked end up.

    Step 5: GENTLY bend your plants top over and place it under the closehanger.

    Step 6: As your original top growth, and new top shoots begin to grow up, you can continue to stake them down and get lots of new growth. Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the bushiness and amount of top shoots that are on your plant. At this point you may let your plant grow as tall as you want or just switch to 12/12. I reccomend for indoor growers with limited space, as soon as you have the amount of top shoots you want that you switch to 12/12 as the plant will bush out incredibly if you continue to veg.


    Screw and string Method - This simply involves screwing screws into the lip of your pot all the way around (8-12 of them). You then tie your plants top down to the screw nearest it with string. As new top growths emerge, keep tieing them down to screws around the pot.

    Weighting - All you need to do here, is get some sort of a weight (Fishing weights, clips, or anything your plant can't lift). You then tie a string to this weight, and tie it to your top node. It pulls it down, and as new top growths appear tie them down with more weights until you have the desired amount of new upper growths.

    Object Tieing - For bigger outdoor or indoor plants, you can find some sort of an object that the plant can't move, and tie your shoots down to it. I have a friend who uses a ladder that he uses as his weight and just ties plants down onto it. They are huge plants though.

    As you can see, there are tons of ways to LST. When it comes to Low Stress Training, there really is no wrong way. Just tie your plant down, spread the auxins, and watch the new growth.

    I jacked these pics from another site to give people who are unsure how to LST an insight of the technique.
    Not my pics and I claim no credit - they're just the best I found that demonstrates how to do it.

    First thing to do is secure the bottom of stem....don't want to rip out the roots.


    Then just use your anchors to bend the plants main stem down and its side branches out to make the most of your available space.









    And just keep going like that to get an even canopy of leaves with the buds exposed to the light...kinda like a scrog without the screen I guess.
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    cool thread mr bloom.........

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    was looking for this earlier, it had disappeared, glad its back

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    Totally get it "nice1"

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    Brilliant thread!! Cheers Mr B.

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    Exellent info mate. I use Christmas tree ornament hangers to spread em out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bloom View Post
    kinda like a scrog without the screen I guess.
    Thats what I love about LSTing, if you make sure you're completely btutal and keep every single shoot below a certain level while fanning them out all over your (very large) pot, you have an instant scrog without the screen!! Makes the plant much more manageable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bloom View Post
    To start, let "me" explain just what low stress training (LST) is.
    aw c'mon bloom play fair. You're supposed to credit the author when you copy their work. I read this months ago on another forum, very good article tho'

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    credit wheres credits due......

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    @TIKTOK & Bobby Digital

    Funny how the only two members that say that are the ones that have given me nothing but shit comments and troll my posts since the day I joined the site...at least you've stopped bitching about my username and sig for now.
    I said the pics aren't mine in the OP and that I'm not claiming any credit so get off my dick...If I had CnPd the entire thread, all the pics and the text had come from the thread also then I would've credited the author - but credit for 5 pics? Get a fucking grip - what are you the internet police.
    Your just pointlessly trolling when all I'm doing here is trying to help out members who need a visual reference and some text info on LST. I would've thought that such experienced growers as yourself wouldn't even need to be looking at this anyway - unless of course it was purely to troll *cough*.

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    yeh nice one mate, will really help out those who havent done lst'in before...
    im real mean to some of my girls! and they love it

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    What a fantastic thread, nice one mr bloom

    ps is lst good to do for outdoor in ground plants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alextheyid View Post
    ps is lst good to do for outdoor in ground plants?
    i mean is it advicable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alextheyid View Post
    What a fantastic thread, nice one mr bloom

    ps is lst good to do for outdoor in ground plants?
    I don't see why not - a plants a plant so it can be trained wherever it's growing I guess and it will benefit from LST wherever it is.

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    Great thread mate, thanks for the info bud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bloom View Post
    @TIKTOK & Bobby Digital
    Funny how the only two members that say that are the ones that have given me nothing but shit comments and troll my posts since the day I joined the site...at least you've stopped bitching about my username and sig for now.
    Show me ONE shit comment I've made about your user name and sig please.

    I admit to refering to you as "mrgoogle" cos of your habit of copying and pasting stuff from other sites. As for trolling your posts, I've had you on my ignore list since your abuse in another thread which I reported you for and I've only been able to see your posts again since the upgrade. Proof will be in the forum logs if you disagree!

    I'll see if I can get you back on my ignore list after you've posted proof of me trolling your posts and the shit comments you say I've made about you

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    Quote Originally Posted by TIKTOK View Post
    Show me ONE shit comment I've made about your user name and sig please.

    I admit to refering to you as "mrgoogle" cos of your habit of copying and pasting stuff from other sites. As for trolling your posts, I've had you on my ignore list since your abuse in another thread which I reported you for and I've only been able to see your posts again since the upgrade. Proof will be in the forum logs if you disagree!

    I'll see if I can get you back on my ignore list after you've posted proof of me trolling your posts and the shit comments you say I've made about you
    This is the last reply I'll make to you as I don't want this thread turning in to a flame war.
    I'll rephrase my comment from 'have given me nothing but shit comments and troll my posts' and direct it specifically to you by saying 'your the little bitch that waits for someone else to go against my posts then puts his little 'thanks' at the bottom...which still equates to trolling - just with smaller balls. I'm not going to trawl through my 100's of posts to get solid evidence for your case (see the irony in the earlier 'detective' comments made by you : 13-04-11 09:21 AM) if that's what you expect me to do.
    And if I was on your ignore list, then that means you deliberately overrode your ignore function, viewed my post/thread and then went on to post a dumbass comment - just to be a dick - pretty fucking petty (again - refer to 'troll').
    There's your proof and if all your gonna do when you put me on ignore is view my posts then it's pretty damn pointless isn't it.

    I don't wanna argue with you, so like I told you a long time ago, put me on your ignore list and you don't have to worry yourself with my posts. Period.

    Have a great day TIKTOK.

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    now this is just a funny true jest....and no offence ... but what are you two women? hahahaha


    both roll one and have one a chill out!!!!!

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    Yeh Alex I'm done with this anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bloom View Post
    This is the last reply I'll make to you as I don't want this thread turning in to a flame war.
    I'll rephrase my comment from 'have given me nothing but shit comments and troll my posts' and direct it specifically to you by saying 'your the little bitch that waits for someone else to go against my posts then puts his little 'thanks' at the bottom...which still equates to trolling - just with smaller balls. I'm not going to trawl through my 100's of posts to get solid evidence for your case (see the irony in the earlier 'detective' comments made by you : 13-04-11 09:21 AM) if that's what you expect me to do.
    And if I was on your ignore list, then that means you deliberately overrode your ignore function, viewed my post/thread and then went on to post a dumbass comment - just to be a dick - pretty fucking petty (again - refer to 'troll').
    There's your proof and if all your gonna do when you put me on ignore is view my posts then it's pretty damn pointless isn't it.

    I don't wanna argue with you, so like I told you a long time ago, put me on your ignore list and you don't have to worry yourself with my posts. Period.

    Have a great day TIKTOK.
    So no proof then, just the usual abuse when someone challenges you

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