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How to Top Plants?

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by marky7186, Sep 24, 2007.


    marky7186 Active Member

    So i've been reading this entire forum from front to back for the last few weeks. I'm trying to get a better idea of the technique of topping your plants. Does anyone have a video or a picture of exactly what, where and how you top them? I have an idea, but I personally don't want to go snipping random parts of my plants.

    Thanks in Advance
    the widowman

    the widowman Well-Known Member

    top your plant after 1 week of flowering with a steralized blade. take about 4in off your main cola to the nearest leaf node.

    mondaypurple Well-Known Member


    greenbud1 Well-Known Member

    wrong no topping should happen after flower or a week befor flower...peace gb1
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    Hybridica Active Member

    I don't see why you can't top after initiating flowering...The plant keeps growing and two or more cola's will result from topping anyways...

    chronicle Well-Known Member

    you preferably shouldnt top after flowering, and when i top i use my fingernails and its just fine. you pinch off the very tip, leaving life on the node directly under it, and another lil piece of life on the following node. those 2 nodes are the ones that will grow out in place of the one you pinched off. the tip is called the apical meristem, just make sure you only pinch off the very tip and not any other nodes - although if your plant is big enough then it wont really matter, itll just do the following 2 nodes.

    hom36rown Well-Known Member

    so should you top during flwering or not? I saw a video by jorge cervantes, and thats what he did.

    billybob88 Well-Known Member

    i wouldnt. the longer u let the main stems grow b4 flowering the bigger buds. when a plant is put into flowering it starts to produce good preflowers about 2-3 weeks into flowering, on average. personally i like my top colas to be as big as possible. and topping with only a week of growth b4 the plant will start putting energy into buds doesnt seem right to me. the plant has to build up stem strength to hold massive buds. i top 2 weeks b4 flowering.

    djcj317 Active Member

    I wouldn't top in the flowering stage. I would top a month (4 weeks) before putting in flowering room, this let's ur plant get back on track. If topped later than 4 weeks ur plant might still be stressed when u switch the lights, and ur plant also gets stressed when u shitch to 12 12 so that means u basicly will stress the plant twice as hard.

    What I do is top on the first day of the 3rd week, which is the the week of veg for me. Then on week 7 I switch to 12 12.

    hazed Active Member

    I topped this plant the week of flowering and it's turned out very well, with two big colas growing side by side.

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    billybob88 Well-Known Member

    i mean you can top at the very beginning of flowering. like hazed showed. but i would rather that the 2 tops established and growing vigorously b4 flowering.

    bigbudeddie Well-Known Member

    wrong. you can top in flowering and if done right actually increase yield. Maybe you should try things before you say you cant do it.

    xbravoz Well-Known Member

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    djcj317 Active Member

    Avoid pruning up to a month before inducing flowering. Since pruning diffuses floral homones, flowering is retarded. If pruned shortly before or during flowering peak maturation is delayed for a week or longer. It takes a month or longer for hormones to build up to pre-pruning concentrations.

    By the way thia is from the marijuana horticulture medical growers bible wrote by jorge cervantes the most trusted name in cannabis period.

    nowstopwhining Too many brownies

    Bah you can prune about about a week or two before flowering without any noticeable difference...it may just take a tiny bit longer for flowering to start once induced but thats about it.

    Most of us dont have the option to wait a month after pruning...that would be like 2 months of veg. I realize the wait would be ideal but it is impractical for most

    MartinezTree Active Member

    Its because the plant is way to delicate in the flowering stage im pretty sure

    siek13 Member

    hey my plnts are almost done and i wanna grow some more but i forgot how to topp lol
    but my plant have 4 or 5 branches and its a baby it that enough branches to topp right now??
    dogglet forever

    dogglet forever Well-Known Member

    super crop to get 4 main colas

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    vitamins Member

    i do the same as djcj with no stress and very good results

    "SICC" Well-Known Member

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