Although slightly Indica-leaning, A.M.S. grows tall like a Sativa, which is why she requires the care of growers with at least intermediate-level skill despite being a mold-resistant strain.
If you prefer to keep your A.M.S short and stocky, you may pinch, prune, or employ low-stress training during the vegetative phase. You may also reduce the strain’s long and lanky growth by keeping the grow lamps low and closer to the canopy, moving them up as the plants stretch. Note that cannabis varieties tend to get taller for weeks after the fruiting or 12/12 cycle begins, so it’s best to introduce the budding phase earlier, ideally when the weed is one to two feet tall, to finish up with a smaller plant.
Cultivators may also put A.M.S through the ScrOG (Screen of Green) setup. This will force the plant to grow branches through a horizontal mesh screen, which spreads the flowering sites around and maximizes the use of space. If this technique is not utilized, you may need to install a trellising system or attach the plant’s limbs to stakes, so they don’t bend and break from the colas’ weight.
If the unrestricted height of A.M.S. is a non-issue, cultivators can use larger containers to grow bigger plants and achieve higher yields. Ensure at least 1 gallon of container space every week during the vegetative stage and an abundant harvest awaits.
When it comes to feeding, it is not known if A.M.S. is a heavy-feeder. For this reason, it is better to err on the side of caution and refer to the manufacturer’s sample standard or feed chart unless you notice signs of nutrient burn or deficiency. Feedings throughout the plant’s growth will eventually result in the build-up of salts and minerals in the medium and plant cells. This will give the flowers a chemical taste but can be remedied by flushing out the substrate with plain water. Once most trichomes appear cloudy, growers can already start plucking the buds and prep them for drying.
A.M.S. is a generous yielder both indoors and out. When reared in a climate-controlled environment, growers can anticipate a harvest ranging from around 650 to 700 grams for every square meter. The strain spends 8 weeks fruiting, but you can wait until the 9th week to collect even more resinous and fragrant flowers. Outdoors, crop gathering rolls around late September and can be as huge as 750 to 800 grams per plant under ideal conditions.