Cannabis growing has become more and more popular as people have discovered the plant’s amazing therapeutic properties. More and more people are growing weed at home for their supply and are looking for ways to improve their yields. One of these is the lollipopping cannabis technique. This guide will show you how this effective method is done. We know this will change the way you grow cannabis forever.
What is Lollipopping Cannabis?
Cannabis plants may be trained to grow shorter, taller, grow more yields, and produce more weed. Lollipopping is one of the most effective techniques to control plant yield. As the name suggests, you will create a “lollipop shape” out of your plant by cutting most of the leaves and stems located at the bottom.
Lollipopping is mostly done right after the plants have shown their bud sites although some growers say that they have had more luck before flowering. However, you won’t be able to locate all the bud sites if you do it early. It’s best to wait till your plants show all the potential bud sites before you cut; you might be unknowingly cutting bud sites if you do this early.
Reasons Why Lollipopping is Done
Lollipopping is primarily done to improve the size of buds by allowing these to be exposed to light. We all know that as a marijuana plant grows and matures, it develops a very dense shape. Sativas grow tall but will have very large fan leaves and stems that block the light at the bottom. Plenty of potential bud sites may be blocked because of these leaves. Meanwhile, indicas also develop a dense and compact shape that will stop all the light to penetrate the buds found at the bottom or inner part of the plants.
Lollipopping removes all plant parts at the bottom and provides strong lighting on the sides and undersides of the plant to build and produce larger and denser buds!
You might think, how will your plants make food with almost all its leaves removed? You won’t be removing all the leaves because you will only be cutting down the lower leaves. Also, during the flowering stage, your plants won’t need a lot of food to grow and develop more plant parts because it has ceased growing at this stage. Your plants will only need food to build buds and grow delicious weed.
Is lollipopping stressful to plants? It can stress your plants and may affect plant yields slightly but don’t worry. Your plants will quickly recover! All its energy will be spent in growing buds too and therefore, recovery will be quicker.
Growers lollipop cannabis plants to improve yields. This is a good way to improve yields especially when you’re growing weed in a small, tight space. For people who are growing weed stealthily, this method will produce more weed in such as tiny, concealed growing area. It’s also a good way to maximize a growing area; imagine all your plants lollipopped and producing you more yields per plant!
How to Lollipop Your Cannabis Plants
Before you can start lollipopping, make sure you have the following materials:
- A cannabis plant that’s on its pre-flowering phase (usually weeks 3 to 5 after germination but can happen later)
- Grow lights with intense light (we will discuss this in detail later)
- Clean, sharp and sterile scissors
- Plant stand or trellis
- A magnifying glass with LED light
- Thread or some straws
1. Prepare Your Plant/Plants
Place the plant on a flat working table. This should help you check your plant for any problems before you start lollipopping. We recommend that you select plants that are healthy which means there are no nutrient deficiencies or toxicities, no pests, no molds or mildew growth, and no problems with watering (overwatering and underwatering).
2. Install the Growing Frame or Stand
Place the growing frame or stand in the pot. This frame will help support your buds. As your buds fully develop you will need to secure the stems on the frame using some thread or tie. We will go about this in the latter part of this guide. Also, you must consider an adjustable frame or a taller frame in case your plants end up being taller. This will make it easier to manage tall and dense colas too.
3. Identify the Bud Sites All Over Your Plant
Use an LED light and a magnifying glass and check all possible bud sites. Start from the top going down. Pay attention to the bottom-most parts since you need to find all sites because you need to develop these to increase your yields. Remember the areas well or you can use a small colorful thread or ribbon to easily locate the sites.
4. Cut All the Bottom Parts of the Plant
Cut all the leaves and stems that fall below the lowest bud site. If you must cut near any bud site, do so carefully and never touch the area. Cut using one swift motion.
5. Save these Parts as Clones
All the parts that you removed can be used as clones. Save them by placing them in a container with water.
6. Shine Intense Light
We recommend strong lighting like HPS, LED, or LEC lights. These will penetrate the canopy better and thus, you won’t need to work twice as hard. There are also many grow light designs and the best one has an adjustable ballast so you can move them closer to your plants.
You may use one, two, or more lamps as long as these shine brightly on all the bud sites. Use reflectors on all the walls of your growing area so you won’t waste any light.
7. Arrange the Plant Inside the Frame
The frame will support your plants so use a piece of thread or yarn to tie the branches securely. Do not pull the plant’s branches because you may damage it. Just tie your plant as naturally as possible.
Lollipopping cannabis is a sure-fire way to produce more yields but be very careful not to stress your plants. Allow your plants to rest and recuperate after stripping all the lower plant parts. You may use this technique with other low-stress techniques as well.