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After seeing and hearing many questions about the FIM method I decided to do a tutorial on this method to show exactly how it is done and the results that can be achieved.
FIM stands for ''Fuck I Missed'' and im not sure how it got that name because its very simple to do. I use this method all the time to help create a wide canopy with many branches and colas. Some people FIM each plant more than once to create even more colas and branches and it works very well for them and has very minimal stress on the plant.
I usually FIM plants when they are between 1-2ft tall and it should be done at least 2 weeks before turning to 12/12 to maximise the growth potential of the new shoots and maximise the benefits of using this method.
#1 Locate the very top of the new growth.
#2 With a clean, sterilized scissors, Fold the fan leafs over and cut approximately 80% of the new growth off the plant.
#3 This is what it should look like after the cut has been made.
#4 View of the Cut section after 2 days growth, showing the 4 new growth shoots (branches)
I sometimes dont even use scissors and I just pinch out some of the new growth with my fingers. Heres a few pics of another plant that I pinched with my fingers. This plant has been neglected throughout its short life so far and it has been sitting under a shitty fluro light so it would be doing much better under some decent lighting and better conditions but it gives you an idea of the early progress.
You can see the dot where the FIM was done.
4/6/09 Now you can see how many new shoots have started to form and you can get some idea of how many main branches this plant will have. Remember that this plant has been under a Fluro light so the growth would be even better under some decent lights.
This is the difference between FIMming and Topping:
Heres a few pics of the later stages of a single FIMming and what it can do.
Please add to this if you have any more info or pics of FIMming.
was planning on doing this today, great to see a guide again to make sure i am doing it 100% correct. +rep for the good shit!
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Perfect companion thread to UB's to sticky..
Excellent write up - totally takes the mystery outta fimming
Grow little weeds groooow!
I will post up some more pics soon showing the current progress of the FIMmed plant in my first post.
Here's some more pics of the previous FIMmed plant and its an Afghan if your wondering what strain it is but I consider any and every strain to do well when FIMmed.
The red circle is where the original FIM was done. You can see the growth of the new branches and you can also see the new growth that has already started on each new branch. Remember that this plant has just been living in a closet under a shitty fluro just to keep it alive for now but as soon as I harvest my current crop it will have the pleasure of sitting under a 600 watt and then you will see some explosive growth on all the new shoots.
This is a closeup of one of the new branches which shows 3 new growth shoots so far:
I thought this thread wouldn't be complete if I didn't at least attempt to try and miss a FIM to show you the worst that can happen, so on a new growth shoot on one of the new branches I tried to rip off the new growth as roughly as I could just to give you some idea that it doesn't harm your plant. The new shoot I ripped off is circled and you can see some new growth has started and has just taken its place without any stress on the plant at all. You can also see it in some of the previous pics.
yah.. someone should sticky this.. and close the thread*
nice for da noobs= )
peace in much love