I think of it as any man-made stress that positively affects a plant. Bending or cutting branches, removing leaves at specific times, or training branches in certain directions are examples of getting physical with the plant. But manipulating watering schedules, temperature, extending periods of darkness, and plant nutrition can all cause positive stress and help you create stronger, bigger super plants. It’s a fine line; the difference between good stress and severely damaging plants is slight.
Down the Rabbit Hole: The Plant Canopy Training Debate by Joanna Berg, Don’t Stress Out! Training and Pruning Explained by Cody J. Garrett-Tait, and Rebellious Super Cropping: Break the Rules!” by Rich Hamilton will answer any questions you may have and indeed help you step up your growing game.
There isn’t only one right way to super crop; this growing method encompasses many techniques. Don’t be afraid to play with your plants. Bend, twist, break, pinch; do it all. But don’t do it to all of them, especially the first time around.
There is no doubt in my mind that when properly executed, super cropping can have a positive impact on plant strength, yield, and quality. Every grower should bend a branch and see what happens.