Grow Challenge

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Let's Grow Together!

You are invited to grow with us! Our grow challenges are open to all growers!

The Plant Training Grow Challenge begins this August! You can Sign up for the Challenge starting now! All of our grow challenges are free to join!

There is always a ton to learn when dozens of friendly growers grow together. We love to compare different media, lights, nutrients, and strategies. Whether you are a new grower looking for guidance, or an experienced grower looking to share knowledge, we would love to grow together with you in our Cannabis Grow Challenges!

The Annual Coco for Cannabis Grow Challenge Calendar

The 2nd Annual Coco for Cannabis

Plant Training Grow Challenge

About the Challenge

Our Plant Training Grow Challenge (PTGC) returns for its second year! The idea behind this challenge is to push your skills as a grower by trying your hand at new plant training techniques or fine-tuning and mastering techniques you’re already familiar with. Whether you’re a plant-training expert, or have never trained a cannabis plant before, we want you to grow with us! This grow challenge provides an excellent opportunity for us to learn, share, and grow together!

Growers participating in the challenge can start their PTGC grow journals anytime beginning August 1st, 2021, when the PTGC Forum will launch. We will have October 1st as our Flip Day this year. The Plant Training Grow Challenge features a rolling start date, so as long as you plan to flip to flower on October 1, you can begin your PTGC grow whenever you'd like! You won’t want to wait too long, though, because we have an exciting giveaway planned for those of you who start your PTGC grow journals by September 1st! More details coming soon.

The Challenge Groups

The Plant Training Grow Challenge will be organized into four different challenge groups based on which training technique(s) you plan to use during your grow. Unfamiliar with plant training? Check out our article, "Why you should Train Cannabis Plants". Unsure of which challenge group to join? Check out this Forum post to help make your decision, and see below to find out more about each challenge group!

Mainlines & Manifolds

This group is for growers who plan to use mainlining, manifolding, or some variation of the two as their primary method of plant training. To find out more about these training techniques, check out our article, “Mainlines & Manifolds: The Best Ways to Train Cannabis Plants”. Trying one of these training methods for the first time or just want a little extra guidance? We’ve got you covered! See our complete guides on How to Mainline Cannabis Plants and How to Manifold Cannabis Plants.

The Toppers

This challenge group is for growers who rely on topping as their main plant training method but who don’t necessarily follow the patterns of a mainline or a manifold. If your training strategy involves cutting the top of the plant at least once, this may be the perfect group for you! To find out more about topping, be sure to see our article “Topping Cannabis Plants: Why, When, and How”.

The Benders

This challenge group is for growers who use LST (low stress training) and other forms of plant training that don’t involve cutting the plant’s stem. LST is a process of gently bending and tying down branches in order to achieve a uniform, leveled canopy. Growers who don’t plan to top their plants at all, this group is probably for you! Growers utilizing the ScroG (screen of green) technique, this group might be the best fit for you, too! The Benders is also a good group for growers who are using the Sea of Green technique. Even some growers who use supercropping techniques may want to join this group!

The Misfits

As with all our grow challenges, the PTGC will also have a Misfits group! This group is for growers using unique training techniques that don’t fall neatly into any of the categories listed above, or who use several different training methods in combination with one another. If you plan on using some far out training methods or a training technique you invented yourself, the Misfits group is probably for you!


The SAFC is Flowering!

Our current grow challenge, the Spring Auto Flower Challenge, is still underway! The SAFC will officially end on July 31st. We will host our End of Grow Awards for the SAFC during the first week of August. Be sure to check out our SAFC Giveaway page to see what prizes we will be awarding at the end of the challenge! Also, make sure to stop by the SAFC Forum to read current SAFC grow journals and draw inspiration for the upcoming PTGC!


PTGC Side Challenge

The Party Cup Challenge

The Party Cup Challenge returns as our PTGC side challenge! We had so much fun seeing how creative everyone got with this side challenge during the last PTGC that we decided to bring it back this year! The idea behind this challenge is to grow a plant all the way from seed to harvest inside of a red solo party cup. Similar plastic cups will also work if your red solo days are behind you! The Party Cup Challenge is an optional event open to all growers participating in the Plant Training Grow Challenge. The winner of this side challenge will receive a fabulous prize! More information coming soon.


PTGC Prizes and Giveaways

To help keep everyone motivated and having fun, we will be giving away prizes throughout the challenge! We will have monthly prize drawings that all PTGC growers can be eligible for. We will also have special recognition for Best Journals for the months of September and October. At the end of the grow, we will save some of our best prizes for the winners of Best Journal, Best Recovery, Best Growmie, and the Party Cup Challenge!

We have some amazing prizes lined up already! Check out our great Prize Sponsors below. You can support the Plant Training Grow Challenge and Coco for Cannabis by shopping with our sponsors and using our discount codes!


What is a Grow Challenge?

The Coco for Cannabis grow challenges are not competitions! Our goal is to bring new and experienced growers together in the spirit of collaboration. We coordinate timing to grow along together and learn from each other.

We create a special forum for each challenge where growers keep grow journals to document their grows. We organize the journals into groups for each challenge. For the SAFC, the groups will be based on the size of your grow space (see the “Space” above). The groups, the forum, and the whole idea behind growing together is about creating community and supporting fellow growers. We cultivate the Spirit of Collaboration along with our plants.

To be a full part of the grow challenge, all you need to do is sign up and keep an updated journal. How you manage your journal is up to you. You can document every step every day, or you can post a few pictures and a quick blurb once a week.


Sign-Up for the Plant Training Grow Challenge 2021!

The Plant Training Grow Challenge sign-up is now open! The PTGC will begin in August. Signing up is free and open to all growers who want to learn, share and grow together. We can't wait to grow with you! is an inclusive and supportive community. We work to cultivate the spirit of collaboration along with our plants! We welcome all growers who want to learn, share and grow together!

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