This is a fascinating technique that helps your plants make bigger and badder buds that will blow your mind.
Essentially, stem splitting involves chopping a hole in the stem (make sure you know what you’re doing before just jumping in) and then allowing that hole to remain open, causing the plant to “freak out” and overproduce THC and trichomes (which is, obviously, a very good thing).
How it works
Stem splitting is all about increasing the levels of THC in your marijuana plant.
When your plant undergoes a specific type of stress, it reacts accordingly. In this case, you are messing with the flow of nutrients and water as it tries to make its way up the stem. That causes your plant to produce extra trichomes and THC, which means better and denser buds.
If you’re not familiar with trichomes, you should know that they are essential. They are where the glorious cannabinoids (such as THC) are made. Therefore, the more trichomes, the better.
How to do it
You will need the following items to successfully perform the stem splitting technique:
● Knife (very sharp and sterilized)
● Ties or rope (2)
● Pencil, chopstick, or another similar object
It is simple in concept but tricky in practice, so it’s a good idea to practice on just one marijuana plant at a time (per grow season) until you are confident you’ve got the hang of it.
If done wrong, it can end up doing more harm than good. So, make sure you are willing to sacrifice one marijuana plant in the name of the greater good before jumping in!