Cannabis Plant Training & Care

Growing the best cannabis requires plant training and care. From watering cans to grafting tape, there are certain things that every grower will need and should have on hand. We provide our recommendations for the best cannabis plant training and support tools, trimming snips, plant ties, watering tools, a sprayer and more.

Pruning Snips

If you plan to do any topping or pruning then you will need to get a pair of pruning snips. These will also be your number one tool for trimming the harvest!

Fiskars Non-Stick Softgrip Microtip Pruning Snips
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These Fiskars snips are really the best on the market and every grower owes themselves a pair. We linked the non-stick version because that feature really helps when trimming up sticky resinous colas. It is only a little bit more expensive than the regular version in the US and Canada, however, it is quite a bit more than the regular version in the UK, so choose wisely.

Plant Support & Training

In most grow styles, we recommend training your plants to have multiple tops. You need support and training tools to help control the direction the plant grows in and to support the heavy colas as the flowers develop. 

4-Foot Bamboo Poles
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Bamboo poles offer a good and cheap solution for plant support and training. There are other options, like Plant Yoyos or Tomato cages, but bamboo offers the better flexibility and support. These four-foot bamboo poles are tall enough for any plant in an 8’ tall grow space. They can easily be cut down to shorter sizes with a PVC pipe cutter (below).

The Atlas Plant Trainer
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This is a significant upgrade from bamboo! I was dreaming of something like the Atlas Plant Trainer (APT), and then I found it! This is a fully modular plant training tool that you build as the plants grow. It can be used to both pull the plant where you want it and to support heavy colas. It is infinitely adjustable, allowing you to put support anywhere in the tent.

I bought one “Large Plant Set”, and although I would like more, I think one large plant set is enough for a 4x4 tent. I have used it now with two plants in the 2019 NYGC and with four plants in the 2019 SAFC. It is a little expensive, but we have arranged a 10% discount, which is applied when you follow our links. I paid for mine and am really very happy with the purchase!

Plant Ties

Plant ties are used to secure the plant to training aids such as bamboo. They hold the plant in place but do not injure the plant. You can use other household items like string or yarn, but they are not nearly as convenient as proper plant ties. What ever route you take, avoid using anything that is too narrow or sharp. Things like fishing line can actually injure the plant.

Slim Soft Ties
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These are my preferred plant tie solution! I bought a couple spools several grows ago and continue to reuse the pieces on every grow. It is a soft coated wire that is easy to bend and shape, but rigid enough to support and restrain cannabis plants.

Plant Twist Ties
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In my opinion, these aren’t as good as the Soft Ties above, but I find plenty of purposes for them during each grow. These twist ties are flimsier than the soft ties, but they are useful for bracing colas over longer distances and for some early training applications where the soft ties are too thick.

Repairing Plant Injuries

When you are training or working around your plants you may accidentally injure them. Stem splits and tears often occur during low stress training (LST) or supercropping. Many growers use a sticky tape such as electrical tape to wrap around these injuries. While it is important to wrap up the injury, you should never put sticky tape on a plant, because it will lead to further injury!

Grafting Tape
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Grafting Tape is the professional horticultural solution for this problem. Grafting Tape is more like kitchen plastic wrap, in that it sticks to itself and creates an air tight seal, but it does not stick to the plant. It also expands to accommodate plant growth. Every grower should buy a roll! It is the correct product to help heal injured plants and it is quite inexpensive.

Watering Plants

We highly recommend setting up an automatic-watering system if you are growing in Coco/perlite. However, even if you have an auto-watering system, you still need other ways to periodically water your plants.

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One-Gallon Watering Can
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A large one-gallon watering can is really helpful to reduce the number of refills. Any larger than this and it becomes hard to handle. I have the model linked for the US. I selected the units that I would buy in the UK and Canada.

Seedling Watering: 60ml Syringes
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These giant 60ml syringes are perfect for watering sprouts and seedlings. They allow you to precisely apply small quantities of nutrient solution without disturbing the plants. I continue using these to water plants until they are in final containers. After that I often use these syringes to draw samples of run-off from the saucers for testing.

Plant Sprayers

Plant sprayers are used to provide foliar treatments or to raise the relative humidity for seedlings.

Pressure Sprayer
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Pressure sprayers are the best way to apply foliar treatments to plants. They create a very fine mist which distributes the foliar treatment properly and limits the formation of large droplets on the plant surfaces.

Spray Bottle
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A simple spray bottle comes in handy particularly when the plants are very small and cannot handle the force of the pressure sprayer. They are also useful to raise the humidity inside humidity domes when plants first sprout.

About Our Product Recommendations

At Coco for Cannabis, our mission is to help growers maximize the success of their cannabis crops by providing scientifically accurate information and sharing proven growing practices.

The products that we recommend are the actual products that we chose to purchase and use ourselves. In a few cases, we recommend products that we would buy if we needed them. We do not accept advertising and will not recommend any product that we would not buy for ourselves. We offer this guide as a resource to growers.

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Disclaimer:

The information on cocoforcannabis.com should not be considered as financial, legal, or medical advice. You are responsible for knowing and following the local laws that pertain to cannabis cultivation, possession, and use. Decisions to grow cannabis should be made in consultation with a lawyer or qualified legal advisor. Decisions to use cannabis should be made in consultation with your doctor or medical professional.