Bondage and Buds
How can I keep my outdoor plants from growing more than 3 feet tall without pruning them and delaying harvest? I’m in an area where the choppers are hell, and my plants must be short and flower quickly. Is morning or afternoon sun better for outdoor plants? Also, I would like to send photos into HIGH TIMES, but where can I get them developed safely?
Guerrilla Growers’ Union
Southeast Georgia

Dear Guerrilla Union Organizer,
Bending plants will keep them with a low profile and not delay harvest if they receive at least 6 hours of full midday sun. Bend the main stem over so that it is parallel with the ground, and secure it in place with tie-downs. Make sure the stem is not bound tightly, which will cut off fluid flow. Bend and secure each of the lateral branches with tie-downs so they are parallel with the ground. Keep the branches far enough apart to allow for future growth. The day after you tie the main stem and branches down, the tips will start growing upward toward the sun. Continue tying down branches when they grow upward too far.

Sunshine is brightest during the middle of the day, from 9 AM through 4 PM. It’s a bit brighter from 10 AM through 2 PM. If you had a choice between AM and PM, choose PM, the closer to noon the better.

Take photos so that no easy-to-identify landmarks or telltale numbers are visible. Only pot shots should appear on a roll. Do not shoot photos of friends, family or landmarks on the same roll. Take photos to a large commercial lab where processing is done mechanically and employees are unlikely to look at photos. Just because you have photos of marijuana plants does not mean that you grew them.

Digital photos are always a better option than film. You can send any digital photos you have to mailbag@hightimes.com.