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Advanced Pruning Techniques

Cartier April 3, 2023

Pruning is a critical part of cannabis cultivation, as it helps improve plant structure, increase yield, and promote healthy growth. Here are some advanced pruning techniques that can help improve your cannabis plants:

Topping: Topping is a technique that involves cutting off the top of the main stem to promote the growth of two new branches. This technique can increase yield by creating multiple colas and promoting lateral growth. Topping is usually done during the vegetative stage when the plants are young and healthy.

FIMming: FIMming is similar to topping, but instead of cutting off the top of the stem, a portion of the top is pinched off. This technique can stimulate the growth of multiple colas and increase yield. FIMming can be less stressful for the plant than topping, as it doesn’t involve cutting off the entire top of the stem.

Lollipopping: Lollipopping involves removing the lower branches and leaves of the plant to promote upward growth and improve air circulation. This technique can improve the overall structure of the plant and prevent lower buds from getting light and nutrients.

Supercropping: Supercropping is a technique that involves bending the stems of the plant to improve light distribution and increase yield. This technique involves gently bending the stems until they crack slightly, then taping them to support the new growth. Supercropping can be done during both the vegetative and flowering stages.

Defoliation: Defoliation involves removing the leaves from the plant to improve air circulation, reduce humidity, and increase light penetration. This technique should be done sparingly and only on healthy plants, as it can be stressful and impact the plant’s growth.

When using advanced pruning techniques, it’s important to monitor the plants closely and make adjustments as needed. Over-pruning can stress the plant and impact its growth and yield, so it’s important to be cautious and only use these techniques on healthy and well-established plants.

In conclusion, advanced pruning techniques can help improve the growth, structure, and yield of cannabis plants. By using techniques such as topping, FIMming, lollipopping, supercropping, and defoliation, you can optimize your plants’ growth and maximize your yield.

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