Oh, and it can be challenging at best the first time...I know!
Im sure it’s still going to produce only hoping it’s going to be substantial and like you said , it’s all learning so nothing was wasted!Yes, you are correct that you should have done a topping sooner and allowed more branches to grow out, but for a first timer you are doing great , and if anything this is where you learn...through your own failures and accomplishments 8 days into flower means you are still going to get a little more stretch, so you can continue to move your bud sites on your branches along your SCROG to keep them spread out and even....but by third week stretch will start to subside and bud sites will start to fatten up from that point until finish...so, you only have so much time before you finish weaving your plants in under the SCROG. Also, to help promote growth of the canopy, you might lower your SCROG a little and use this to help spread the branches a little more, and you should trim up all the leaves and larf below your trellis, as this area will not get the light needed to produce anything worthwhile once your canopy starts to fill in anyway. Help promote growth to the canopy, if you understand, but must work fast as stretch is happening now
Im on it!This is a photo of an early SCROG grow I did , which shows that after 5 days of growth you will see a quick growth to the top of my canopy, just from keeping the bottom trimmed up and the plants weaved into the trellis....I hope this helps you to understand you still have at least 6-7 weeks before you finish