"Super cropping" je stiskanje (s prsti), zvijanje, upogibanje ter včasih rahlo lomljenje mlajših vej konoplje, da te ostanejo pod kotom pribl. 90°. Ta, za rastlino sicer stresna metoda, naj bi imela koristen učinek na konopljo in na izrabo pogosto omejenega prostora rasti. Super cropping (SC) lahko izvajamo skoraj med vsako stopnjo rasti, od mladih rastlin do začetka cvetenja. Ta metoda je nasprotje "LST (low-stress technique). Medtem ko pri LST stebla le zvijamo, pri SC steblo dejansko zalomimo in s tem povzročimo v rastlini spremembe v rastnih hormonih. Rastlina se pri SC začne močno zanašati na rastne hormone.
5 General Hormones Classes and what they do:
This is the most commonly known hormone. It is the acid ' Indole-3-Acetic Acid ( IAA ) and is produced in shoot tips, seedlings and developing flower sets. When the top of a plant is removed known as ' topping ' the plant will produce Auxins to repair the plant tissue that has been removed. At the same time this hormone is sent downwards from the tips of the plant which inhibits lateral bud growth. This is how the plant produces bushy stocky plants. Auxins are also responsible for producing adventitious roots from cuttings. It also has a role of controlling the aging and dormancy of seeds. So it a good idea to start seedlings off in a mild solution of seaweed or some type of ' thrive ' supplement. It is also handy to know that Auxins will promote more fruit sets if it senses Auxins from seeds being grown within the plant. So even though you had a seeded crop..on one hand the plant would have responded by swelling up that bit more.
This hormone most commonly found in seaweed plays a big part in the entire development of the plant. It is responsible for active cell division and promotes lateral bud development. Cytokinins work together with Auxins to such a degree that the following observations have been made.
High levels + Low Auxin = Grow Shoots
Low Levels + High Auxin = Grow Roots
There are over 75+ groups of Gibberellins that have been discovered within plants. They are so common that they are named and numbered as GA1, GA2, GA3, GA4..and so on. They are abundant in young shoots and seedlings. Stem elongation is partly determined by Gibberellins. You may have heard of Gibberellic Acid before, the one that is often used is GA3. This also aids in germination rates especially with older seeds that are more stern to be cracked. Experiments on dwarf plants that were sprayed with Gibberrellic Acid actually grew to normal plant size whilst normal plants that were sprayed became huge.
We most commonly know Ethylene as Ethanol. The Hydro Carbo gas which is produced from amino acids when any stress occurs. Ripening occurs when Ethanol is available. The roots actually produce quite large amounts just before flowering, to allow blooming to commence as strongly as possible. Have you ever heard about the old farmer technique of pushing a small fishing knife through the stem before harvest and leaving it in like a stab wound victim? For those who are familiar and the idea of piercing the stem with a knife is out of character for them..then here is the method to this madness. It is used as a ripening technique. As severe as it may seem.. It is used across the world in many farming and agriculture styles. Mexican farmers will actually pierce the stem then add a piece of wood through it. They believe it adds flavour and produces the better fruits.
5. Abscisic Acid ( ABA )
Responsible for the close of stomata during water loss or stress, Abscisic Acid will stop the absorption of CO2 and the uptake of available nutrients accordingly..so a quick release hormone that aids in seed dormancy and life span.
Posledično s tehniko SC namenoma te hormone aktiviramo, kar se v naravi zgodi, ko na rastlino kaj pade ali jo poškoduje žival, obrambni mehanizem rastline pa se odzove tako da se sproži celjenje in pospešena rast stranskih vej, poškodovana mesta pa se ojačajo in tvorijo nekakšne "členke", ki so debelejši in bolj trdni. Rastlina postane bolj grmičasta, povečal pa naj bi se tudi pridelek.
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