When should I top and tie down my plants??

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    green1986

    green1986 Member

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    Hi this is my first grow my plants are 21 days old today I was hoping to get some advice on when to top and tie down my plants I am using 2 300w cfl lights my plants at berry bomb Indica/Sativa (Indica dominant) I'm am growing them in a ebb and flow set up and my growing medium is coco fibre and clay pellets any help is much appreciated
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    herbbilly

    herbbilly Active Member

    Start straps asap gets em used to manipulation. When you have 5 nodes you can top. Lookin good
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    green1986

    green1986 Member

    Thanks for the advice I will do that today, would cotton be ok to tie them down
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    herbbilly

    herbbilly Active Member

    I use 18g thermostat wire make bends where you want them and loosely wrap. Holds shape/position no dicken around with knots.
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    thatboyis1uvakind

    thatboyis1uvakind New Member

    Cotton string?.... would b fine...they're kinda short n stout to b tying down tho...I'd top then wait a week or so n when the new shoots get tall enuf start bending over
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    thatboyis1uvakind

    thatboyis1uvakind New Member

    They look awesome tho...healthy n strong little plants....they should respond well to training
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    allen bud

    allen bud Active Member

    ready for topping , if you want branch's to LST in the next 3 weeks . the book will tell you to wait till 5th internode to top but its not totaly try. And as far as that goes how many mains do you want or are you going for a bush? I use the Uncle Ben teq for 4 main colas then lots of LST'ing from there after 2 weeks or so,but i veg for 8 weeks max,im on a cycle .
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    green1986

    green1986 Member

    They are pretty short I will try topping them first then see what the look like thanks, I'm a bit paranoid like but it needs to be done thanks
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    green1986

    green1986 Member

    Thanks I appreciate any advice as I'm a complete novice
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    Nizza

    Nizza Well-Known Member

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    green1986

    green1986 Member

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    green1986

    green1986 Member

    I got another question if any body would like to help me, what's your opinion on watering some say wait till the growing medium is dry on top an others say keep them moist constantly I just wondered what you lot think
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    thatboyis1uvakind

    thatboyis1uvakind New Member

    Wait til they dry out before watering...u seem to b doin fine however uve been doing it so far
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    green1986

    green1986 Member

    Yeah that's the way I've been doing it
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    thatboyis1uvakind

    thatboyis1uvakind New Member

    They don't like soggy soil
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    dubba86

    dubba86 Active Member

    whats the deal with the glay stones? i thought they were used for hydro?
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    green1986

    green1986 Member

    Yeah it is hydro it's a mix of coco fibre and clay pellets
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    Mcwhippin420

    Mcwhippin420 Active Member

    Yeah Unc Ben top thread is awesome and I started Lst on one of my dreams when she was like 6-7"
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    cobra28widow

    cobra28widow New Member

    just a few pics of a plant im tying down..

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    Blntsmk3

    Blntsmk3 Member

    My Bubba Kush Was stout like that. I waited till it grew 5 nodes and the clipped the top. The lower set caught up and now it basically looks like it has four tops. I did a scrog with a few other plants, so I didn't tie that one down, but I could have just as easily from that point.

    Here it is at about 3 weeks of veg. this was 2 days after I topped. I just cut them stem about a half an inch up from where the two little new leaves start on that node...
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    Here it is after almost 2 months of veg...Bubba Kush grows so damn slow...lol But you can see the 4 colas, and I tied them down just enough to pull them apart to fit into where I wanted them on my screen.
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    And then there's a picture from about 3 days ago underneath, all that side growth is going to explode when the plant stretches for flower
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    Here's the top. That one isn't taller than the others, the plant is just positioned so that one is basically sticking straight up and the others are held horizontal by the screen..
    Bubba Kush Topped.jpg

    Either way, I figured I'd show you and try and give you some idea of what you'res will look like....Not identical because they're abviously not the same phenos, but they will be close being both indica dominants.

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