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Pruning Techniques

Cartier April 3, 2023

Pruning cannabis plants is an essential technique for promoting healthy growth and maximizing yields. Proper pruning can help improve light penetration, increase airflow, and remove damaged or diseased plant material. Here are some of the most common pruning techniques used for cannabis plants:

Topping: Topping involves cutting the top of the main stem to encourage the growth of multiple branches. This technique can help increase yields and improve light penetration, as well as promote more even growth.

To top a cannabis plant, wait until it has at least four to six nodes, then use sharp, sterile scissors to cut the top of the main stem just above the second or third node. This will encourage the plant to grow two new branches from the cut site.

Fimming: Fimming is similar to topping, but instead of cutting the stem, you remove only about 80% of the top growth. This technique can also help promote multiple branches and increase yields.

To fim a cannabis plant, use sharp, sterile scissors to cut off the top growth just above the third or fourth node. Leave a small amount of growth on the top to stimulate new growth.

Lollipopping: Lollipopping involves removing the lower branches and foliage of the plant to improve airflow and increase light penetration to the upper buds. This technique can help increase yields and prevent mold and mildew.

To lollipop a cannabis plant, remove all of the lower branches and leaves up to the main canopy, leaving only the upper buds and branches intact.

Defoliation: Defoliation involves removing the larger leaves from the plant to improve airflow and light penetration. This technique can help increase yields and prevent mold and mildew.

To defoliate a cannabis plant, use sharp, sterile scissors to remove the larger leaves from the plant, leaving only the smaller leaves and buds intact. Be careful not to remove too many leaves, as this can stress the plant and slow down growth.

When pruning cannabis plants, it’s important to use sharp, sterile scissors and to avoid over-pruning or causing damage to the plant. Always monitor your plants after pruning to ensure that they are responding well to the technique. By using the right pruning techniques, you can promote healthy growth and maximize yields for your cannabis plants.

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