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What's The Difference Between a SoG and a ScrOG?

Because the growing community is so big, there are dozens and dozens (and dozens) of growing methods and tips. But some are more effective than others.

Two of the most popular techniques are SoG and ScrOG, and while they may sound very similar and may yield the same big, sticky icky grows, they're very different.

So, let's start with SoG.

Sea of Green

SoG stands for Sea of Green. It's a method that allows you to grow quickly, and the "tomato" plants that result are smaller plants, but you can also grow more plants. These smaller plants are perfect for those who have height restrictions.

Essentially, your "tomatoes" are planted in high densities, tightly packed together so you can take full advantage of whatever space you have. 

Also, yields per watt are generally high because you're not wasting any space, meaning that all the space—filled with all of your plants—under your high intensity grow lights isn't wasted. 

Another great thing about employing SoG is that your crops can be harvested quickly because of the fact that you only need a small amount of time for vegetative growth. After a few days, your "tomato" plants will be strong enough to enter the bud phase.

Finally, all of your plants will be top buds, meaning trimming will be a cinch (get it?).

Of course, because of the fact that SoG is a specific method, it also requires some particular care. A few things to consider include: making sure that there aren't any hotspots in your space and raise them higher than normal so that your plants don't burn; keep an eye on watering, as you don't want to drown your little guys; don't use too much fertilizer; and regularly prune at least twice during the budding cycle. 

Now, onto ScrOG.

Screen of Green

ScrOG stands for Screen oGreen. This method uses a horizontal screen/grid/mesh over top of your plants to hold all of your branches in place, filling whatever space you have. Get it? It's like a screen!

You are limiting the height of your plants, as during the vegetative stage, you tuck the branches as they grow underneath the screen so that it fills the empty areas of the canopy. This trains the branches to grow within that space.

Once your canopy is filled, you can start the flowering stage. Keep it mind, it needs to be filled before you start that stage.

To start the flowering stage, you're to let the plant grow past the screen so that it can train itself to grow a specific way around the screen, forming an even canopy. Your "tomato" plants will push vertically up the screen. Make sure, though, to move aside the leaves to the bottom of the net so that your light source can reach the buds (which, as we know, will need light to grow—photosynthesis!).

It's similar to SoG in the sense that you are maximizing the space that you do have, increasing your efficiency.

So that's it. Evidently, the differences between ScroG and SoG aren't enormous, but they are different things, and with some modifications, they can serve different purposes.

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