Topping your cannabis plants is a method that is used in order to produce larger yields for your plants. This is typically one of the first “experiments” that beginner growers try after they solidify their knowledge of the basics. The process is fun and relatively easy to do, the one critical thing you have to look out for is timing.
What Is Topping And Why Do People Do It?
As mentioned in the above paragraph, topping can provide larger yields for harvesting. I mean, what grower doesn’t want to do this, right? Does a corn farmer wake up in the morning and say “boy do I love this small corn”? Nope. Neither do home growers. By topping your plant, you open up the bottom branches of the plant to receive more nutrients, thus creating more bountiful buds.
Topping is a simple process of removing the top cola of the plant to allow more colas to grow in places lower down the plant. Instead of having one large chola at the top, it redirects it so that you have multiple large colas further down the plant.
When To Top Your Plant
The process is simple, right? All you have to do is take scissors, find the right place to cut, and snip. That part is easy. The hard part is knowing the right time to cut the cola.
I typically start to look for signs of trimming during the vegetative stage. From there, look for a specific node count.
What Are Nodes?
A node is a section of the plant that grows from the main stem. A good rule of thumb is to cut the stem with 4 nodes. You want to have a 4-node with six 8-nodes. Then you can make the cut.
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