Sea of Green (SOG) is a popular method of growing large quantities of marijuana by forcing many small plants to flower early. Flowering is usually induced after about two weeks of vegetative growth. SOG is well-suited for certain setups but not so much for others. Find out below if you should give this method a try.
The Pros of Growing Marijuana Using the Sea of Green Method
Here are the 3 main reasons why you might want to use the SOG method:
1) Higher yields and frequent harvests
Though Sea of Green keeps plants small and therefore reduces your yield from each individual plant, it greatly increases the total harvest per square meter that you can get from all of your plants combined. Another bonus is that it allows for more frequent harvests.
2) It is a very efficient use of space
SOG is perfect for growers with limited space. It saves on vertical space because the plants stay short, and on horizontal space because you can keep several small plants in a space that would have been taken up by a large one.
3) You can save a lot of money by using clones
You can save a lot of money on seeds by instead taking cuttings from your plants and using them to start a sea of clones for your next grow. This will save you a few weeks of grow time as well.
The Cons of Growing Marijuana Using the Sea of Green Method
All of the above advantages of using Sea of Green may sound great, but there are a few disadvantages to this method as well:
1) Sativa strains are not well suited for SOG
If you were hoping to grow a sativa strain, then SOG is probably not the best method for you. Not only do sativas take longer to grow, but they also tend to be much taller than bushy indicas, meaning that you’d have to let them vegetate for longer to get the same amount of yield.
2) A fair amount of work and effort is required
Sea of Green entails the use of many plants, and you are going to need to look after all of them. You will need to trim the lower growth so that the plants can focus on the large top bud, and you’ll need to provide some sort of support for those large tops as well.
3) Potentially high costs
A large number of plants will mean higher costs in terms of materials such as potting soil, nutrients, and lights. Having to purchase a lot of seeds in order to get yourself started can be costly as well, unless you happen to have a really good friend who has some clones to spare!