Trimming your cannabis plants
As a cannabis enthusiast, I love how each cannabis strain expresses its personality in a different way. Growing cannabis is no different, each strain grows in its own way and style.
This is why choosing the right trimming technique on a case-by-case basis is essential. The methods mentioned below will allow you to control plant growth, improve the yield and obtain an even crop. Especially if you grow different strains in the same growing area.
Why trim your cannabis plants
Trimming is particularly useful if you want to control the growth of your cannabis plant. It is used to maximize the yield of your favorite seed. Especially when grown in a small area or to simply ensure a uniform crop when different strains are grown together. Choosing the right pruning technique will ultimately depend on the strain you are growing, as well as, on the results, you are looking for.
Choose your genetics not only according to your preference but also to the actual dimensions of the growing area. Pruning works well both for indoor and outdoor growing. However, not all techniques are suitable for all strains. You might not be able to prune and contain a strain to a small grow area if it is naturally a vigorous and large cannabis strain.
How to apply the different cannabis pruning techniques: – pruning lower leaves, topping, FIM and super cropping
These methods work well with feminized and regular strains, but not with auto-flowering strains. The life cycle is not long enough for auto-flowering cannabis plants to regenerate and results to materialize. Also not recommended for late harvests as the plants won’t have enough time to develop fully.
Trimming the lower branches of your cannabis plant
One of the more popular and well known with cannabis growers. This technique allows to redirect the energy to the top of the plant and ultimately maximize your yield. This is because the light has better access to the lower end of your cannabis plants. The flowers will be distributed more evenly around the branches making for more uniform production.
Trimming the lower branches also ensure that the nutrients and growth if more focussed on the upper “bigger” buds.
Topping your cannabis plant
Topping is another of the most commonly used training techniques amongst growers. Suitable for indoors and outdoors and used by many growers for mother plant care. It allows the grower to effectively control the size and shape of your cannabis plants. Topping your plants also aid in properly managing your grow space. Another benefit will be if you want to keep a low profile outdoors. Topping is essentially the removal of the growing tip of your plant. This is done normally with a pair of clean, sterilized scissors or cutter to prevent symptoms of stress and pests.
There is a certain amount of common sense used when applying this technique. Always remember to respect the growth cycle. Make sure there is enough time for the structure of the plant to change. With this training technique, plant auxins are distributed evenly on secondary branches along with bud production. Topping will not only increase the growth but your yield too.
Fimming your Cannabis Plants
FIM, “Fuck I Missed”, a technique that developed from the mistake’s growers made when topping. Just like topping, fimming encourages bushy growth and increased lateral and upper branching.
FIM is referred to the pruning technique whereby you cut off the head of tips instead of the entire branch. For effective FIM punning, you should cut about 2/3 of new branches so that the remaining part regenerates and new heads shoot. These new heads will ultimately turn into your mouth-watering flowers/ buds.
The outcome will be a new pair of shoots at worst and five new pairs at best. If your cannabis plant doesn’t produce any new shoots, this would simply turn your fimming into a topping. This is a completely safe technique and is also a great option for mother plant care.
Super Cropping Cannabis Plants
Not as popular as the trimming techniques mentioned above. However, super cropping is getting increasingly popular with cannabis growers. This method is done by slightly snapping the inner fibers of the tips of the main branches. Taking care not to completely sever them and be particularly careful not to damage the outer tissue.
Damaging the outer tissue could weaken your cannabis plant and allow for pests and disease to set in. arm yourself with some common sense and a good dose of patience with this technique. A major blow resulting from excessive bending could lead to the loss of the treated area.
The aim of this method is to limit the vertical growth of the upper tips by forcing them to grow horizontally. Once you bend the branches you will have to tie them down. All the while boosting the vertical growth of the lower branches. When properly applied, super cropping will result in uniform bud distribution and significantly increased yields.
I wouldn’t recommend the technique to any inexperienced growers, simply because there is plenty of room for human error. Experienced growers use this technique to maximize the yields and to handle tricky situations. This method is also used to limit the growth of a plant that is getting too close to the lamp that risks getting burned.