You can also top your plant later in the vegetative stage, but you will have a longer main stalk, giving you less ability to arrange the colas the way you want. After being topped, your plant will need some time spent recovering in the vegetative stage, though generally this just causes the plant to ‘fill out’ more instead of growing taller, which is often desirable for indoor growers. Important: Don’t Top in the Flowering Stage; It’s Too Late! Topping should only be used in the vegetative stage! In fact, any training technique that involves cutting or damaging your plant should only be done in the vegetative stage of cannabis growth, and never during the flowering/budding stage.
In the flowering stage, only gentle training techniques such as LST or bending should ever be used to change the shape of the plant. A plant with many colas can only be achieved by training a plant from early in the vegetative stage. Cannabis plants are much less tough in the flowering stage, and they no longer are growing vegetatively (producing new stems or colas). If you watch a plant in the flowering stage, you’ll see that it doesn’t get taller or develop growth nodes. Damaging your plant during the budding stage will usually cause a reduction in your final yields. By the time your plants are in the flowering stage, much of the growth structure has already been created, and you generally need to try to manage as best you can if your plant has grown into a shape you don’t like. What if my plant is already too tall in the flowering stage?
If your plant is already too tall in the flowering stage for your grow setup, you’ve got to take immediate action to prevent the plant from getting any taller. My suggestion is to use bending (LST) your plant to control the height of further growth. Once flowering is fully underway (after the initial flowering stretch), the plant will not grow much taller, so you can just try to hang on until harvest. How Can You Tell That Your Plant is Diverting Energy to New Colas? Almost immediately after topping, the connections to each node become enlarged at the base. These thickened connections shows thatshow cannabis plant is spreading energy more evenly across the whole plant. When you see your plant thicken connections like this, it means that the plant is strengthening the “internal system” of the stem, so it’s easeir to deliver nutrients and other building blocks. This results in faster growth, bigger colas, and increased yields for each of the affected stems. The thickening that happens at the base of stems is one sign that the plant is diverting energy to the new colas (where before it was putting the majority of its energy into just the one main cola). As time goes on, the most used stems can become so thick they’re almost like tree trunks. When topping your cannabis, you cut off a growing node of the plant, reducing the height instantly. This can be especially beneficial if you’ve let your plant get too tall. Topping also increases the number of colas, which can give you more bud at harvest, When topping your marijuana plant, it’s best to top the plant when it is young, and has 4-5 nodes (sets of leaves) in total. Although you could do it a little earlier, you’re more likely to accidentally stunt your plant the younger it is. “Topping” the plant means cutting off the newest node on your marijuana plant’s main cola in order to split it into two. However the word topping can also refer to cutting of the tip of any stem. A good place to top is directly above the leaves of the next node.In other words, cut through the stem right above its next set of leaves from the top. This will cause your plant to transfer its energy to two new main colas, as indicated by the two yellow dots in the diagram above. 14-day Timelapse Video of a Cannabis Plant’s Recover After Being Topped. These 2 new colas for a V which can easily be bent to spread wide. You can top these two new colas a few weeks later and have 4 total colas. This can even be doubled to produce 8 colas that all come from a single “manifold.” Learn more about manifolding cannabis. Another benefit of topping is how the plant tends to grow bushier afterwards, spreading its energy much more evenly around to the whole plant. Often lower branches rise up to become new main colas .
This is especially true if you combine Topping with LST to open up the plant so the lower branches get more light. If you’ve grown a very tall plant, it’s also possible to top your (vegetative) plant down to the node you want to reduce the height, but remember that all the time the plant spent getting tall will be lost. In order to get the most flexible colas, without losing vegetative time, try to top early in the plant’s life. If you’re still in the vegetative (non-budding) stage and plants are growing way too tall, you can top the plant immediately to remove height as needed. The time spent growing the extra growth will be lost, so this may add time to the veg stage. If you want to top the plant multiple times, you may be interested in learning about main-lining (creating a manifold – a plant training technique). Do you dream of long-running, resinous, chunky cannabis colas? Make it a reality in your marijuana garden with high-yield cultivation methods. Keep reading to find out which one is the best method for you. Topping is the process of pruning the growing tip of the main stem of a cannabis plant.
This is perhaps the most common HST or high stress training technique applied by both indoor and outdoor growers. Marijuana growing naturally will typically take on a Christmas tree structure; One dominant, main central cola and multiple sets of side branches. All plant parts receiving a share of sunlight at some stage during the day as the sun traverses the sky. In contrast, indoor cannabis plants receive illumination from a stationary grow lamp positioned above.