For the first topping, a good rule of thumb is to cut the plant above the 5th node —this will give you enough branches on the bottom for the plant to bush out properly.
The fimming technique works great for growers in small spaces who are trying to maximize their yields. However, fimmed plants will need more structural support, so take extra care in trellising your garden.
A single plant can get topped a number of times, each time creating more branches and making the plant’s shape bushier.
Although it may seem strange to cut off and throw away part of your cannabis plant, rest assured, topping is an essential step in keeping your plants healthy and getting quality yields.
Also, in an indoor setup, if you had one vertical stalk, the main cola will get a lot of light, but the lower branches will be too far away from the light source to receive a good amount of light.
For subsequent toppings on the same plant, cut each branch above the second or third node, to allow the plant to grow out properly. These toppings are more subjective however, and will depend on how much you want the plant to bush out and how big you want the final plant to be.
Topping or fimming a cannabis plant is a high-stress training (HST) method that works best when the plant is developed and can withstand a drastic change.
With one vertical stalk, the main cola will get a lot of light, but the lower branches will get shaded out by the main cola, producing larfy buds.
This bushy shape is also important for a plant to receive light more effectively in a couple ways. It allows light to hit the plant more evenly—because the plant is more wide than it is tall, all of the bud sites will receive a more equal amount of light.
Topping your cannabis plants is essential for promoting quality growth. Read about why it’s so important and learn how to top or FIM your plants.
A close up on the Non Topped Plant Chillies. Beautiful i think!
Habanero Lemon (topped plant to the right). The topping has really affected the number of leaves in a good way:
The Non Topped plant (to the right) is growing tall, has been flowering and has Chilli Fruits coming. The Topped Plant (to the left) is much shorter, but has some flowers and quite a lot of more buds coming.
The Topped Plant (to the left) is the tallest plant. It’s simply regrowing to the size it wants to have. Maybe I topped them to early when they were to small?
Hungarian Hot Wax:
There is a big difference comparing the Hungarian Hot Wax Plants. The topped Plant (to the left) is much smaller. It started to develop Flowers about 2 weeks after the Non Topped Plant. Remains to see how it stands in the long run.
So… I think it’s time to share some comparing pictures of how the topped chilli plants are doing vs. the non topped plants.
The Non Topped Plant has been Flowering for a while, and has Chillies coming right now:
Not as big difference on the Hungarian Hot Wax (topped plant to the right). The non topped plant has flowers coming. The topped plant is producing new leaves, but I’m not expecting Flowers in a while..
Zoom in on the Topped Jalapeño Plant. This is more the behavior I expected from all of the topped Plants:
Vegocracy when vegetables defines the rules Topping Chilli Plants – Comparing what happens with Topped Plants vs. Non Topped Plants I have way to many Chilli Plants this year, and thought