In other words, the areas that get more light grow more. Most flowers are at the top and the lower parts of the plant don’t get too much light. Since the lower parts are light-deficient, they obviously produce fewer flowers. LST attempts to rectify this problem. The basic premise of this technique is to help the plants get more light.
LST is better than other techniques because it doesn’t stress the plant too much. With autoflowers, it’s a good idea to train less since you might stunt the plant if you overdo anything. Since autoflowers have a preset cycle, it may not have a lot of time to recover if you stress them a lot. So, take fewer risks and stick to the plan.
In simple terms, you’re tricking the plant into thinking that all the secondary stems are main colas or stems. Once this happens, the plant will grow other stems more in an attempt to survive. In nature, the tall and powerful plants are more likely to receive or catch pollen. And the plant will do everything in its capacity to train other shoots to grow upwards.
Many cannabis growers hesitate to train their autoflowering cannabis plants. This is because they worry about stunted growth. Typically, an autoflowering plant does well even without training. It is possible to get great yields even if you leave the plant alone. However, you can increase the yields if you employ certain techniques at the right time.
You can also top the remaining colas to make sure that the plant produces more. When cannabis plants grow normally, they produce a few colas. But when you cut off the tip, the colas multiply and you end up with more buds.
Generally, topping an autoflowering plant isn’t encouraged because many growers believe that it can reduce the growth of the plants. However, this is not true. Autoflowers aren’t actually as fragile as you imagine them to be. Unless you’re a new grower with absolutely no experience, you can top your plants and increase the buds.
Now, using clean scissors is very important since you don’t want to infect the plant with diseases. It’s also a good idea to sterilize the scissors or blade to ensure that you’re not infecting the plant. You don’t want a healthy plant to die because of your mistakes, do you?
So, what exactly is topping? Well, as you can probably guess, topping is a method that involves cutting the very tip of the main stem. This is done to create more colas. Once you identify the main stem, cut the tip using clean scissors.
LST is nothing but Low-Stress With this method, you’re stressing the plants very minimally to induce more buds. It also helps if you have plants like Pineapple Express that tend to grow very tall. In a way, you’re not only making the plant yield more, but you’re also reducing the vertical space.
Many cannabis growers hesitate to train their autoflowering cannabis plants. This is because they worry about stunted growth. Typically, an autoflowering plant
The nay-sayers say, “With such a short grow schedule the recovery time means smaller plants and less yield.”
The first topping needs to be done at the fourth or fifth node within the first two weeks of vegetation.
A super stretchy indica-dominant plant like a Kush, for example, might only have eight or ten internodes at best when flowering begins. Side branching is kept to a minimum. Generally these strains of weed really enjoy making those big fat single pineapple colas. They should probably be left alone.
Indicas can tend to crowd themselves with large buds around topping sites. This increases the chance of bud rot or accidentally snapping a chunky bud cluster clean off, trying to give it some shoulder room.
Those first three weeks provide a small window of opportunity to prepare the infrastructure of your plants for maximum yield come harvest time.
It is wise to not top slow growing or accidentally damaged, but recovered plants. Plants having early difficulty transpiring may not handle the stress and become stunted, recuperating rather than vegetating.
Growing cannabis is endlessly interesting and the results are so pleasant you want to repeat them again and again.
Tipping or topping autoflowering marijuana strains is always a contentious issue.
Plants don’t actually “recover from damage” after being topped. They only need some time to readjust the apical dominance hormones that dictate what bud will be the main cola.
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