A Report On Topping and Fimming For
Topping and Fimming are similar, but different types, of High-Stress Training Methods (“HST”). Both, if done correctly though can significantly increase your
Why Is Topping
Topping when done correctly, allows for two colas instead of one. This means that a topped-off
Cola-Is the main flower or bud cluster that is located on the upper part of the main stalk of a
cannabisplant. The cola is made up of flowers that, in ideal settings can grow up to two feet. The cola is where the best buds are located on a typical cannabisplant.
With topping the main bud site or cola is cut off of a weed plant. At first glance, this seems both idiotic and horrifying. To the novice grower, it is almost as if you are like Morticia and Gomez on Adam’s Family cutting off the bloom of a rose bouquet and leaving the thorny stems in the vase.
When done properly, topping
This is known as apical dominance. With apical dominance the vertical growth of plants is prioritized and its lateral growth is inhibited. For
cannabis, with apical dominance their is only one main bud site (AKA apex) that is at the top of the plant.
A topped-off plant though has at least two bud sites. (AKA-COLA”) in contrast, a natural
Main reason for Topping is that it can turn single cola plants into a multiple cola plant.
Perfect For Indoor, Grow Light,
Topping a plant results in the outward branches and new shoots spreading out, and the plant being shorter. A shorter plant, especially for an indoor grower is highly valued as they are better able to fit in a grow tent, attic, or other tight places.
What Is The Science Behind Topping a Plant?
Removing the top cola of your plant, shocks or stresses your plant, which then sends out growth hormones throughout the entire plant. As a result, the growth hormone is more focused on the side branches than the main cola at the top of the plant. The end result is that two instead of one buds site is developed.
How Do You Top Off A
Topping off isn’t rocket science, it does though require attention to detail, ac/curate cutting, and cleanliness, as any mistake though can result in you either damaging or even killing your plants.
Sharpness and sanitization are the keys. So, get the sharpest, and most sanitary blade for this job. Sharp pruning scissors and razor blades are ideal.
Clean Them First-In order to avoid contamination you first need to first sanitize your cutting tools via a bleach, isopropyl alcohol, etc. Click Here, for a good guide on how to best do this.
When Should it Be Done?
It should be first done during the third or fourth week of the vegetative stage of growth, and It can then be repeated as necessary. This is based though on the assumption that your crops have grown enough.
Where Do You Cut The Branch?
Nodes are a section of a
cannabisplant, which connect old plant material with newer plant material. (I.E. New Shoots, Branches, Leaves, Flower, Buds, etc.) The node that is located directly below the main bud is the apical meristem, and internodes are the spaces between the nodes.
You cut above the fifth node of the main stalk or stem. This will give the lower branches a better chance to grow outward. After that, you then cut the two lower branches of your plant.
Avoid Topping During Flowering-Topping during the flowering growth stage isn’t advised at it reduced bud production an overall plant growth. The reason being is that when weed is topped during flowering it will then devote its time to branches and leaf production when the it should be focusing on producing flower.
Fimming V. Topping
When it is done it looks like a mistake happened. But, when it is done correctly it can actually increase yield fourfold. Fimming is based on the same concept as Topping in that the pruning is meant to stress the plant into developing multiple bud sites.
What Does FIM Mean?
Fimming is an acronym of “F$#@ I Missed!.”
How Do I FIM My Plants?
Fimming is similar to topping in that the top of the plant is cut off with the main difference is that you directly cut through the main cola. Directly cutting the far tip results in two budding areas being released. (The main and adjacent COLA) This then results in four COLA’s appearing instead of the two when a
Special Concerns on Topping and Fimming
Topping and Fimming are easy. However, HST does drastically alter a plant’s structure. And any error can result in you permanently damaging or destroying a perfectly healthy plant.
Topping or fimming, under most circumstances, if done correctly will guarantee from 2 to 4X increased yields. (In comparison to a
Topping or Fimming AutoFlowers
Topping auto flowers is essentially the same as topping regular
Pruning Consideration For Autoflowers
Autoflowers grow quicker than non-auto flower plants and begin the flowering stage by the third-fourth week of growing. So, it’ll be too late to wait for the fourth week to start the HST pruning This means that you need to cut above the third node and not the fourth node.
Topping and FIM off your plant are relatively simple and the rewards are worthwhile. Additionally, both of these space-saving techniques are especially valuable, as vertical space is a premium for the micro grower or home