Cannabis and Hemp Topping
Cannabis topping is a cultivation technique that involves removing the topmost section of a cannabis plant in order to stimulate growth in the lower branches. This can be done at any stage of the plant's life cycle, but is typically performed when the plant is young in order to encourage lateral growth. By doing so, you will produce a cannabis plant with more bud sites and a higher yield.
Why should I top my plants?
Standard benefits of cannabis topping include:
- Increased yield
- Stronger growth
- Greater potency
- Feel like a cannabis master cultivator (because you are)
When should I top my plants?
Early stage topping should occur above the fifth node, which means you should allow at least six to grow before topping. It is important, however, not to allow the plant to develop too much, as topping is a method by which the energy otherwise directed toward the top node can be redirected to lower nodes, producing stronger lateral growth. Additional topping can be done during the vegetative state to enhance lateral growth, increasing the bushiness of the plant, and overall yield.
How should I top my plants?
1. Choose the cannabis plant you want to top.
2. Using a clean, sharp pair of scissors or clippers, cut off the very top of the cannabis plant at the stem, making sure to cut above the first set of leaves.
3. That's it! You've successfully topped your cannabis plant.