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How to properly trim/prune plants

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by ijustgrowGREEN, Feb 2, 2009.


    ijustgrowGREEN Well-Known Member

    i'm wondering if anyone has pics of plants that need to be pruned and can show me what and where to prune. on my last plant, i think i overdid it. when i harvested plant and it was dry, i simply knocked buds of stems, i didnt have any leaves to trim. did i over prune? pics please! i dont understand even where the node is!

    Roseman Elite Rolling Society

    I TOP and FIM, at the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th week, (I do a rapid Hydro grow) . Look at the results in the pic above my signature. There's a Uncle Ben on this site that has a tutorial about creating extra stalks and branches by using the same method.

    Here is a link about topping -
    Uncle Ben's Topping Technique to get 2 or 4 MAIN colas

    Roseman Elite Rolling Society

    Essentially there are the same, "Pruning" and "Topping", just two different commonly words used. It is also known to some as "Pinching" as well. In this page it will be refered to it as "Topping"

    Topping is done to increase yield and make them bushy, bushy, promote "branching", and increase the overall yeilds of the plants. With higher overall yeilds, a grower will successfully harvest many more budds, or floral clusters, and from smaller, bushier and more compact plants.

    To the indoor grower that does not use this technique, but allows their plants to grow tall, it can be a waste of their artificial lighting, and growing spaces potential. With its own natural growth pattern, and without the benifit of topping, your lady will have one main central "khola" budd, at peak flowering. Several other small branches will grow outwards, down its main stalk, with much smaller budd topps.

    The natural growth pattern is to grow upwards at its main stalk. From this main central stalk will begin to grow side branches. The side branches come out as tiny shoots with leaves, and usually there are a pair of them on opposite sides of the main central stalk.

    When the seed leaves have long dyed off on the main stalk. The first true seed leaves commonly can or will, wilt, dry up, or dye off of the plant as well. Once healthy new vegative growth begins the rate of growth can be very fast, with excellent lighting supplied.

    As the new growth increases the light reaching the lower portions of the plants becomes less. Thusly it is common to see first leafs wilting and dying ect. Growers that see leaves wilting or dying, ect, will opt to pulling them off of the plants.

    The main central stalk is topped of just above the branches that are coming out below it. A pair of scissors or your fingers can be used. Once the topping is done you can remove the two upper fans leaves as well. This will aid in the light getting to the newer vegative growth, and other shoot tips, down the main central stalk.

    There are no rules to where you top your plant or how old it needs to be. As long as your plant has shoots protruding further down the main stalk it is able to be topped. When topped the growth of the plant will be concentrated towards the new, younger vegative shoots.

    Once you have topped your plant(s) the younger shoots will rapidly begin growing. With the removal of the main central stalk the lower braches grow more. With topping completed we keep the plants on their regular lighting and feeding schedules.

    Now each new shoot tip will essentially grow as the main stalk did, however the growth is not concentrated to only one central stalk. So as each new shoot grows outward new shoots will grow from each one of them stalks as well.

    Therefore topping can be done again, and again, and as each shoot becomes a growing tip with other shoots forming down its stalk, it is removed. By completing these topping or pruning tactics, a grower can acheive any desired height, or desired bushiness, they desire in their plants.

    ijustgrowGREEN Well-Known Member

    thanks for the helpful info.... remove main cola,(top of plant) during vegitative growth correct? and then plant will regrow multiple main stems?

    Roseman Elite Rolling Society

    the new baby sprout growth, yes. At 2nd, and 3rd week if in HYDRO rapid grow.

    riverjustin Member

    I top and thin fanleaves at a rate where ive got as much leaf surface area at all times from top to bottom and just grew a 8 oz plant less than three ft tall.

    FarmerJJ Member

    Plants never NEED to be trimmed, only remove leafs that are 50% or more damaged.

    andrewcovetsall Active Member

    i agree. i trimmed leaves my first grow on just one of my plants to see the difference. it not only mad the buds less dense but the overall quality of the plant and the finished product suffered greatly. then i read that leaves actually store some energy that they make during photosynthesis. which is why during the flush plant leaves will sometime discolor and drop off. because the plant uses the stored energy because it can no longer generate new energy "no nutes no energy"

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