Topping cannabis is the method of pruning a marijuana plant’s rising tip of its principal stem. This may be the most popular technique of high-stress training used by both outdoor and indoor growers. Naturally growing marijuana usually takes on the form of a Christmas tree; one large, main core cola, and several groups of stems and branches. Both areas of the plant that receive a portion of sunlight throughout the day at some point as the sun crosses the sky.

In comparison, indoor cannabis plants obtain illumination from the above placed stationary growing light. This renders naturally formed marijuana plants ineffective for indoor cultivation unless you use the Sea of Green or SOG  approach in large numbers. Topping cannabis is the preferred method to increase the yield for pro growers. It is often preferred by home cultivators who want to use a handful of plants to fill their growing room, instead of cram.

Detaching the terminal bud would facilitate the production of two new major colas and the development of the lower, secondary branches. The goal is to invert the shape of the Christmas tree so that more light penetration can be achieved. If the dominance of the apical bud is eliminated the growth hormone is distributed to all of the buds. For any grower, branchy, lightweight crops are much more desirable. Vertical space indoors is always at an outdoors and premium, bushes are lighter and smaller than tall trees. Topping cannabis is a perfect strategy for keeping the marijuana canopy under control.

When to Top Marijuana Crop?

After developing among 3–5 nodes, top your crops, as this is when their roots and stems are strong enough to recover from the stress of the process. Usually, crops achieve that size for about 30 days of the vegetative growth stage. Be aware that different varieties evolve at different velocities. During the seedling, stage plants could not tolerate the topping. You risk damaging or stunting your seedlings during this time if you try to top it off. Likewise, topping your delicate crops during the flowering process is sure to cause harm. Wait around 1 to 2 weeks until the new growth comes to ahead. This time, your plants will need recovery from both the stress and reconfigure to the new growth period.

How to Top Cannabis Plants?

Whenever the crop hits the sixth or seventh node, it’s indeed ready to be overtaken. Select “head of” node If you “top to” the 4th node, this means you’re dropping the 4th node and then all the branches under. 

Once you top the crops you remove the upper growth absolutely. No young trees will emerge from the slashed growth edge. This allows us to assume the dominance of lower lateral development. Because there are 2 main tips at each node, each time you top the crop, you essentially double its amount of cause rapid tips each.

By carefully removing the growth tip just above where two new shoots are growing, you can top the plant to the 6th node as the 7th node appears. If you top below the 6th, you’ll cut off a large portion of the higher growth on crops.  And that’s the element that new growers will find it difficult to embrace. We nurse our tiny seedlings and then cut their heads off!

The specific overpowering act is extremely easy. Grab a pair of snips from pruning and cut off the development tip. Further to minimize the risk of contamination, we suggest sterilizing your snips before and use them to top. This can be achieved with heat, but before use, let the slices cool up again.

We advise topping the stem high, instead of just it above the base. This “stump” segment will cause the participants to heal from the wound and reduce the hazards of stem infection and splitting.

The above plant would be “Manifold” because it is topped to the third node, instead of the fourth. Topping low involves eliminating considerable growth. If the crop is not surmounted, though, it will bring all of its resources into another one main field. 

Topping Cannabis Technique

Topping enables us to control the plant’s growth cycles by extracting the top anterior growth tips where the auxins are made. This is named, “breaking apical dominance,” but it allows for the growth of lateral roots. Some crop training methods, such as mainlining and manifolding, depend on the technique of topping as part. But it could also be used to train cannabis and break apical dominance plants on its own.

Why Is Topping Cannabis Important?

Mostly during the vegetative phase, the topping is performed to help reallocate the developed hormones from primary stalk to fresh offshoots and plucks further into the crop. Topping builds a much canopy, as developed hormones are spread to all the stalks and colas that are growing.

A marijuana plant can grow vertically if left to grow on its own, focusing its energy on one main stalk. The effect is one lengthy-dominant cola enclosed by tiny stalks. These tiny stalks will grow tiny, big buds that normally can’t be as good, and the plant’s overall size and yield will be lower.

Topping makes a bushier cannabis plant — by cutting off the main stem, the plant will transfer its resources to the smaller side branches which will spread out. These side branches may also get overlapped in time, which would produce more side branches and make the bush grow even further. This will also build more bud places on trees and raise your yields accordingly. A single crop may get topped several times, producing more branches every time by making the form of the crop bushier.

Tools for Topping your Cannabis

Topping cannabis demands precision, accuracy, and hygiene. Cutting your crop with a blunt device will cause the stem to split and create a wound that is much bigger than expected.

Using the sharpest blade that your hands can get on. Work and kitchen scissors function, but they aren’t as effective as tools specifically designed for the task, so try using pruning scissors. Even Razor blades aren’t a good choice.

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