There's more than one way to top a plant, and countless reasons why you should. In this article we will explain the different techniques to topping a weed plant (topping, fimming, and pinching),what the advantages and dis-advantages are of each technique, and how to perform each of them successfully.
What is topping a Cannabis plant?
Topping a pot plant is the process of cutting the single top shoot, which then forces the 2 shoots below to grow and take place of the single shoot. When done multiple times it trains the plant into growing like a bush, instead of tree.
Why should I top my Cannabis plant?
The main reason you would want to top your plant is to increase your overall yield. When done properly, topping can increase your yield from 15% to 100%.
When should I top my Cannabis plant?
Planning your topping right can seriously increase the yield and overall size of your plant. You should top your plant anytime between when the 2nd & 5th set of leaves develop. Every plant strain reacts differently to topping, so when first starting off with a new strain, or if you have never topped a plant before, experiment. Try topping at different times, and different quantities.
Sativa and Sativa dominant hybrids will handle many toppings, while an Indica & Indica dominant hybrid will typically handle less.
Who should top their Cannabis plant?
Anyone who wants to cheaply and easily increase their overall yield and plant size.
How to top a Cannabis plant.
Take a clean pair of scissors, razor blade, or scalpel and cut off the newest plant growth 2 - 5 sets of leaves from the bottom.
The best time to do this is when there is a small stem developing below the new growth. If you attempt to top your plant before it develops a stem, you may end up Fimming your plant instead.
Where should I top my Cannabis plant?
You should top your plant sometime after the 2nd to 3rd set of leaves develop. Using a clean set of scissors, razor blade, or scalpel, cut the top shoot off right at its base.