Experimented growers know how to top cannabis plants in order to increase the number and quality of their buds. This is an easy and cost-effective method to increase your yield while investing less. What is topping? And how can you top a weedy plant?
Topping cannabis plants
The old-fashioned technique of topping can be applied to many different plants. Let’s take, for instance, a boxwood. This plant must be trimmed once or twice per year to maintain a thick hedge of boxwood. At least two new branches will emerge for every branch that is removed. You can fill the bush with so much that it is nearly impossible to see through, whether you are doing it for privacy reasons or decorative purposes. The pictures below illustrate how one topping can make a plant bushier and larger.
Although the motives for topping cannabis plants with different motives are evident, the method remains unchanged. The underlying shoots can take control of the main branch of a cannabis plant by being pruned.
One branch becomes two and you have not one, but two main colas. Instead of focusing all your energy on one big cola, you can spread the energy to the side of the cannabis plant. This ensures a more lateral growth and a larger, bushier plant. This can also be done for all branches of the cannabis plant.
Top weed plants:
Pruning a marijuana plant’s main branch will double the number of growth tips it can support. This increases the yield of the topped cannabis plant compared to one that has not been topped. The new buds are much smaller than the original, but they should still be heavier.
Topping cannabis transforms the plant so that it receives more light. By removing one tall branch to make way for many smaller branches, lowers (buds with lower branches) also get lighter. This is a major advantage of topping cannabis plants, as light equals weight in cannabis cultivation. You might have guessed that increasing yields is one of the main reasons cannabis growers top their plants.
Height management is another reason to top off your cannabis. The two new branches don’t grow as fast as one. A weed plant’s growth can be divided by topping it. The plant will grow smaller in height but it will use more energy to grow wider. This is especially useful for indoor growers who live in tight spaces. The second reason to top your cannabis plants is height-management and wider development.
When to start topping cannabis plants?
When to top cannabis plants? You can’t just randomly begin to chop off your cannabis plant in an attempt to grow more. To make new buds, it is best to wait for the plant to develop enough side branches. These side branches grow from the nodes in the plant. This allows the plant to mature quickly enough to recover from any stress it experiences. Topping is a stressful event that cannabis plants can never forget, no matter how much they do. Too much stress can make them into hermaphrodites or worse, even ruin them.
Over-treating marijuana plants pose the greatest danger. The key to knowing how to top a marijuana plant is knowing when to stop. It is crucial to understand why you are topping a cannabis plant. To get two buds at the same place you had one, you should leave as much of the top-growth as possible. To remove the top portion of the growing points, wait until the plant has four nodes. This will ensure a quick recovery and double the growth points.