Aside from enhancing your yields, topping also helps to improve the shape of cannabis plants. This method creates a flat top or plant surface instead of growing a typical Christmas tree-shape plant. And this flat surface helps light to reach all potential bud sites which improve bud growth and eventually, enhance yields.
Topping is best for people who have barely enough room to grow cannabis. It’s for people who grow cannabis inside tents, cabinets, closets, and any tight, stealth space. One plant, multiple yields, this is what topping has in store for you.
Not all strains can endure topping especially sensitive and finicky strains. Topping temporarily stresses plants as you will cut the top cola to produce more bud sites. Some very sensitive plants will have a hard time to recover leading to poor growth, delayed flowering and poor harvests.
Topping can only be done by experienced growers. It’s not a simple training method for all growers. If you have barely enough skill to top then practice on one plant first before you top all your plants. And the topping is not the only training method you can use. Another method is fimming which is more stressful than topping. We’ll discuss this a bit later.
Before you top your plants, make sure you select the best plant for the task. Choose the best candidate with
Also, you need proper tools like the following:
You can tell that topping was successful when the topped main stalk has divided itself into two. Each of these will become new bud sites. Because of the intense lighting, the new bud sites will be able to develop fast.
The answer is yes. You can top your plants the second, third, or fourth time and actually, this is what most experienced growers do. But they do this in such a way that the plant gets to rest for days before another top is done. Remember, topping stresses plants, and thus, you need to give your plants time to recover from this stress.
To top your plants the second, third, and nth times, follow these steps:
The topping should be done carefully to avoid too much stress to plants. Some growers help their plants by tying the new bud sites once these are visible.
Remember that topping stresses plants and thus, you must compensate by using consistent, warm lighting and the right nutrients or fertilizer for your plants. Avoid changes in temperature and humidity inside the growing area because these can significantly stress plants. Top only healthy, hardy plants and never those that look sickly or stressed to get the best results.
Fimming is cutting directly under the top cola. This cut won’t produce two bud sites but will make four sites instead. Fimming is very effective in improving yields but is very stressful and is recommended only for experienced growers.
Topping cannabis skills may be perfected when you practice regularly. It’s natural to make mistakes the very first times you top. Use quality topping equipment to ensure success and always work in a well-lighted area to prevent any costly mistakes.