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If you do it right, pruning your valuable marijuana plants can lead to a much higher yield. It’s one step more advanced than the basics of giving the plants life and keeping them happy and healthy.

It is not something to be done without much thought, planning, or understanding. If you don’t fully know what you’re doing, don’t prune at all.

Some experienced growers will actually never prune their plants. Their philosophy is more about allowing nature to do its thing. They have a good point – without pruning, they are probably doing quite well as marijuana farmers and are completely avoiding the risks that come with pruning.

That being said, pruning in a controlled, moderate way can be extremely useful. When done correctly, pruning in this way can be a crucial way of getting the healthiest, best growing plants with the most THC in your final product.

In this article, I will equip you with the knowledge you need to properly and safely prune your marijuana plants. Keep reading and learn to prune like a pro!

How to prune?

By definition, pruning marijuana is simply the process of clipping pieces of a plant off. If the grower can remove these pieces in small and specific amounts, they will actually achieve a stronger plant.

Especially when taking off parts of the plant that are already dead (such as discolored leaves), it can be compared to removing dead tissue from a human’s wound.

Pruning dead marijuana leaves
You can prune bottom leaves if they turn yellow

The death of a certain amount of leaves is a normal part of a marijuana plant’s life cycle, and their swift removal could save your plant the resources that are being wasted on dying limbs. These leaves don’t die quickly, so by clipping their stems early, you might be saving your plant weeks of extra effort.

These resources are then focused on more important things, like the still-healthy leaves on the plant, or growing brand new leaves. Because of a more efficient use of resources, the end result will be a larger, healthier plant.

Pruning also encourages new branches to grow on your plants. Once your plant begins having a pair of leaves sprouting from the very top on a daily basis, the topmost leaf will grow some new branches. That’s good news because more branches mean a higher yield.

How to prune?

One way of pruning, you may want to consider is, once these new branches start sprouting leaves, removing the original shade leaves from which they grew. They will yellow and die eventually anyway, so by removing them earlier you can allow your plant to focus its valuable resources on other things.

Removing these leaves also provides more sunlight to the smaller leaves closer to the base of the plant, which gets them to grow faster and produce more chlorophyll.

Before and after pinching

Pinching cannabis
Left = before pruning and right = after pruning. You can remove all bottom shoots that get no light

You can also take away the plant’s top, as well as the ends of its branches. This will also help to stimulate branch growth. When you cut off the end of a branch, the growth there will slow down for a while, but then two new branches will come out from that spot.

Tip: make sure to download my free Grow Bible for more information about pruning your plants

It can lead to bushier plants with more branches – and, therefore, more leaves. Some people prefer not to do it since it slows down growth to a certain extent.

When to prune?

You can start thinking about pruning in the second week of the growing phase. At that time, your plant will have several internodes, and you’ll be able to see a bit how it’s growing. If you are growing an Indica plant, wait another week – they grow a bit slower than Sativas.

Since growing continues until the third week of flowering, you can prune up to the second week of flowering. This gives your plants some time to recover. They’ll always need a couple of days to recover after a pruning session.

When to prune?

It’s even possible that they stop growing during this period because all their energy is focused on recovery. Since you want as much energy as possible to go to the buds, do not prune after the first two weeks of the flowering period.

Until then, remove about a quarter of the new side shoots every week. Be sure to leave the older leaves and twigs, because they produce a lot of sugars. You also should ensure you keep enough fully grown leaf surface. They produce sugar and prevent light from being lost by falling to the ground.

You will need to decide which of the following pruning methods will be best for you. Each one comes with its own set of challenges and benefits, so choose carefully. You can also sometimes use more than one method together to form a combined plan of sorts. Keep reading to learn the advantages of using certain pruning techniques.

How to top marijuana plants?

Topping marijuana plants involves cutting off the main shoot at the top, thus stimulating the growth of more shoots and branches. Over time, it will turn the plant’s overall shape into a downward-facing cone, which will help your plant maximize the sunlight that it receives.

This is especially important if you have a grow room indoors since your light is limited (and expensive) compared to natural sunlight.

You can decide to start topping as soon as your plant seems strong enough. Check for the secondary growth that is located near the low nodes – this is a reliable sign that your plant can withstand topping.

How to Top?

Here is why topping works – a shoot grows into 2 new petioles with leaves on them. The middle of the shoot contains a new shoot, and new shoots will be formed in the axils. A shoot, therefore, consists of 2×2 leaves, crosswise against each other.  By removing this, the two shoots in the axils will grow to become the main buds.

Note: After your plant’s fifth leaf pair has popped up, you can safely cut off the main shoot

When you are topping, make sure you only cut the latest shoot, so you only inflict minimal damage to the plant. It’s important to remember that your plant is damaged, so it will use its energy to heal the wound, and won’t grow much for a couple of days.

You can top multiple times if you want to, but remember to leave some time in between sessions, so the plant can recover. Topping is always done during the growing phase, and possibly in the first week of flowering at the very latest. Otherwise, the plant has no time to grow wider, making the practice a waste of your time and your plant’s energy. More about this in my free marijuana grow bible

 

Why should you top?

Topping is useful if your growing room isn’t very tall. Sativas can grow very quickly and can become very tall, so it is especially useful for them. Since they don’t get very wide, you have to place many plants close to each other, to prevent wasted light. The light that doesn’t hit the leaves and falls on the ground is considered lost energy.

By topping your plants, they will stop growing up and start growing out. Because of this, you can leave more room between plants and still have a beautiful green blanket. Don’t bother topping Indicas, they grow much slower, and take too long.

Why topping?

Another advantage of topping is that the plant can absorb more light. This is because it becomes wider and develops more leaves that can absorb the light. This can significantly increase yield – especially outdoors. It also applies to indoor plants, but it’s easier to use more plants to prevent light loss, rather than topping.

Lastly, topping also spreads your risks of disease. Since the process produces more main buds that are not as big, they’re not as sensitive to bud rot and/or other nasty diseases. This is mostly an advantage for outdoor plants, where growers can’t control the climate. Indoor growers have it easy, they can simply place more plants and not worry about topping.

Topping result after 3 weeks

Again, be careful with the big, heavy plants, because there’s a chance that the plant will split in half under its own weight. It’s best to strengthen the plant with some tape, just under the topping, to prevent splitting. Once again, this concern is more for outdoor plants.

Fimming

Fimming is the partial removal of the latest shoot of a plant. When done, it creates four main buds instead of one.

A fimmed plant is wider than and not as tall as a typical plant. It also has more leaves exposed to light, causing more light to be absorbed. While the process damages the plant a bit, most recover quite well, making it a useful method of increasing yield.

How to Fim?

After it is cut, the shoot grows into 2 new petioles, each with their own leaf. The middle of the shoot contains a new shoot, and new shoots will be formed in the axils. A shoot, therefore, consists of 2×2 leaves, crosswise against each other.

By removing two-thirds of it, you’re only cutting off the leaves, while leaving the stems. These will, along with the shoots in the axils, grow to become main buds. So, you end up with four main buds. Make sure you don’t cut off too much, or you’ll only end up with two main buds.

Note: I never fim Indicas; they grow too slow, and the vegetative stage would last too long

Fimming damages the plant, and it will use its energy to heal the wound so this can slow down the growth a bit. You may also notice that the newest pair of leaves are damaged when it starts to grow, but this is normal.

Leaf damage after fimming

Fimming damages foliage
Fimming can damage some leaves but that’s no problem

You can fim multiple times, but leave some time in between fimming sessions for recovery. Fim during the growing phase and possibly the first week of flowering at the very latest. Otherwise, the plant has no time to grow wider, completely defeating the purpose.

Why should you fim?

If your grow room isn’t very tall, fimming is very useful. In the case of Sativas, they grow very quickly and can become very tall. Fimming helps them grow wider instead of taller.

Fimming also helps your plants absorb more light. Since they don’t get very wide, Sativas are placed close to each other to use all of the light. The light that doesn’t hit the leaves and falls on the ground is considered lost energy.

When fimming, the plants temporarily stop growing lengthwise and mainly grow in width. Now, you can then leave some more room between plants while maintaining a nice green blanket of leaves.

Fimming results after 5 days

Plants that have more leaves that can absorb light will produce a greater yield, and the fimming process increases light exposure to leaves. Fimming is especially useful outdoors and is the secret behind those gigantic outdoor plants featured in pictures. It also works for indoor plants, but it is easier to use additional plants to make sure no light is lost.

It’s important to mention the fact that fimming spreads your risk of disease. Instead of a few big buds getting ruined, the process produces more main buds, and because they’re not as big, they’re not as sensitive to bud rot and/or other nasty diseases. Once again, this is a significant advantage for outdoor plants.

Tip: make sure to download my free Grow Bible for more information about pruning your plants

These plants have fewer defenses since you can’t control the climate and the moist fall air is perfect for bud rot. Indoor growers can simply place more plants without fimming them to spread the risks.

Be careful if you have a gigantic, heavy plant because there’s a chance that the plant will split in half under its own weight. It’s best to start strengthening the plant with some tape, just under the fimming, to prevent splitting. This only applies to outdoor plants, because they get much bigger and heavier than indoor plants.

Super cropping

The basic idea behind super cropping is crushing the stem’s soft interior. When done correctly, super cropping should stimulate health, bring a higher yield, and increase potency.

Just like with any injury, animal or plant, breaking the tissue down will cause it to be rebuilt more strongly. When you crush the inside of the stem (which is where nutrients and water are transported), it will be rebuilt thicker and stronger, allowing for even more efficient transport for these key elements.

How to Super crop?

The whole plant will become healthier if you pinch the center stem. If you pinch the branches on the side, you can control the shape of your plant. You can simply (and gently) bend the branch in whatever direction you want it to grow.

Super Cropping Tutorial by Med Grow Cannabis

The best time to carry out super cropping is the second or third week of your plant’s vegetation stage. Simply pinch and twist the branch simultaneously between your thumb and pointer finger, and bend the branch (without breaking it).

Let it go as soon as you’ve felt it give way; even if it droops a bit, it will heal in time. Read the article Super cropping marijuana plants for more info

Low stress training

The letters “LST” stand for “Low Stress Training.” Topping and super cropping are methods that can be considered opposite – they are High Stress Training or HST.

LST is a safer option than HST since HST actually damages the plant at first. That being said, you can combine topping and LST training nicely (although plenty of successful growers choose the LST-only route and don’t do any topping at all).

How to Low Stress Training?

LST is a type of pruning (or, more accurately, a type of training) that involves tying down your marijuana plant, thus stimulating the growth of all the shoots newly placed above the main stalk. This is because your plant has been tricked into thinking it no longer has a main shoot, meaning it prioritizes its resources into growing its other stems faster.

Super cropping cannabis pruning
Super cropping your cannabis plant. Picture by 420 magazine

This will allow your plant to become denser and bushier. The key thing to remember with this method is to never rush. This is a technique that takes time and patience, and anyone who tries to do it too quickly will have poor results.

LST marijuana
Beautiful LST example

There are many other techniques out there for savvy growers, so if you are interested you should do some more research to find out what the perfect pruning technique is for you. There are also other ways of “training” your plant that could come in handy, so make sure you know all of your options before beginning. Read the article Low stress training marijuana plants for more info.

Monster cropping

Monster Cropping (a.k.a. flowering clones) is new method of growing that one of our members brought to my attention. Monster Cropping essentially involves taking clones from flowering marijuana plants, and then rooting those clones.

They will reenter vegetative state and eventually create super-bushy plants with a large amount of nodes and branches. This method was dubbed “Monster Cropping,” because that’s exactly what you’ll end up with—huge, monster plants.

Monster cropping weed plants
Monster cropping

Flowering plants typically aren’t a source for clones, and most experts will tell you that it goes against most rules of cannabis cultivation. Even so, the science behind Monster Cropping is legitimate, and you will certainly enjoy the results. Read the article Monster cropping marijuana plants for more info

Lollipopping

Lollipopping is a technique that removes the lower growth of your plants to promote better bud development on the top. By eliminating the competing growth, energy is directed to the main kola sites. This technique is especially useful in setups that have no side lighting to reach the lower regions of the plant.

The main idea behind lollipopping is simple. Remove the overly shaded parts of the plant that are unlikely to be productive. Then, force the plant’s energy to bypass these sites and go straight into producing larger colas.

What is lollipopping
Lollipopping – No bottom leaves or small buds – Picture by howtogrowmarijuana.com

Removing the lower bushier growth can also improve air circulation around the bottom parts of the plant where humidity often builds up, especially after watering. For bushy plants that are susceptible to mold or other fungal infections, it lowers their risk. It also useful when growing outdoors in damp climates.

 

When to Lollipop

This also is a controversial topic. Most growers agree that lollipopping should take place during the veg phase. It can be done as a continuous process or all in one go but do so around a couple of weeks before you being the 12 hours of light/12 hours of darkness. This way, your plants have time to recover from the shock you just put them through before beginning their flowering mode.

When to lollipop

Some people believe you should never lollipop once the plant has started flowering. However, as long as the main work is done during the vegetative stage, you can do some light maintenance during the flowering period. You may want to prune those branches that haven’t quite made it to the canopy or remove the tiny popcorn buds that begin to form on the bare lower branches.

How to Lollipop

There are basically two ways to lollipop your plants; which one you use will depend on the results you seek.

Technique #1 – Top Down Lollipopping
It’s called ‘lollipop’ because of the shape of the plant once you have finished with it. When the lower growth is removed, all that remains is a plant with a long bare stem and one or more large colas on top. (However, this may vary a bit, depending on if you used other techniques.)

While many growers consider this technique to be extreme, it is a quite simple process. Choose a point that’s about 4 nodes down from the growing tip of the plant, (or wherever you want the canopy growth to begin), then remove the growth from the main stem below that point.

Pruning lollipop

To remove the growth, simply grasp the main stem between thumb and forefinger and slide downwards, taking the side shoots with you as you go. It’s a simple step, but be careful not to damage the main stem. It’s best to use a clean, sharp blade or scissors.

Technique #2 – Bottom Up Lollipopping
This is a not as severe a form of lollipopping – perhaps even, a “lollipopping lite.” It is also the most common way to lollipop marijuana plants. Check out these pictures by thenug.com

To do the bottom up method, start at the bottom and work upwards. Remove short main lateral branches and any leaves on the lateral branches. If they are too short to make the top of the canopy, they should go. In the end, the bottom third of the plant should be bare of any growth. This type of lollipopping often requires some maintenance trimming while the plant grows. You’d use this kind of technique when SCROG growing.

Increase yield

There are some benefits to pruning. When done correctly, it can improve sugar distribution and increase your yield. I recommend pruning young leaves or side shoots. The tiny buds at the bottom of the plant are a great thing to let go as they do not yield anything worthwhile and won’t grow to the size of other buds. They will use energy, however, which a waste since you won’t use them.

Increasing yield pruning
Proper pruning can increase your yield with 25%

Don’t prune large fan leaves. Plants produce sugar so they can grow, and a marijuana plant needs to produce a lot of it. It creates sugar by converting water, light, and CO2. This process also creates oxygen. This sugar is sent to the buds, side shoots, and young leaves because they grow quickly and use a lot of sugar. The larger, fully-developed leaves produce their sugar.

Note: Pruning can be harmful to your plant and lower your yield if you don’t know what you are doing, so don’t if you are new to growing

If you are new to growing (less than three times), now is not the time to start. Take some time to learn what a fully-grown plant looks like first. Look for the buds at the bottom of the plant.

If you’ve already grown a few times, try pruning a couple of plants. Don’t prune them all – that way you can compare your pruned plants to the plants you haven’t pruned.

Most importantly, don’t expect to master this technique the first time you do it. Pruning is something you do intuitively. If done correctly you can increase your yield with 25%

Overpruning

Plenty of new, excited growers make the mistake of overpruning their cannabis plants. This can often happen because these new growers want to take off as many THC-filled leaves as possible, even before harvest time.

It’s true that you will probably get more enjoyment from it than from buying a bag of pot in the meantime, but you must proceed with caution. Remember: the best weed won’t come until it’s actually harvest time. You must not do anything that could slow down growth and reduce the productivity of the flowering stage.

There are a few things to avoid when you are pruning your plants. First of all, if there are no branches growing out of a leaf’s basal stem, never cut that leaf off. Don’t strip one branch or stalk of all its leaves.

Proper way to prune
Proper way to prune

When pruning, don’t tear a leaf away with your hands; rather, cut them with scissors or a knife (make sure your tool of choice is quite sharp before use, check these pruning tools).

It is also important to remember to water your plant immediately after pruning it. It will reduce the amount of shock to your plant, and will stimulate growth. This will be especially effective if you include plant food when watering. If you follow this advice, you will be able to prune in a productive, helpful way rather than harming your plant or slowing down its growth.

Unfortunately, any leaves that you prune when your plants are less than 3 months old will not be very smokable. This may feel like a waste, but remember that the point of pruning is not to have an early stock of weed, but rather to improve your overall yield in the end.

The reason your plants won’t have enough THC until they are three months old is for an ingenious reason. In general, leaf-eating bugs typically start becoming active (and hungry) roughly three months into the growing season. Because THC repels insects, this is around the time when marijuana plants need to have lots of THC to keep those hungry bugs away. Therefore, they increase their levels of THC around the three-month mark.

If you are really curious and impatient, you can go ahead and try smoking some leaves earlier than mid-July, but don’t be disappointed when it doesn’t end with a successful high. You will, therefore, have to throw away most leaves that you prune, but make sure you do even that with care. Burning is the best option, since it won’t leave any evidence of your marijuana possession.

harvest time
Prune to improve your overall yield

If you are planning on jumping into the growing scene without proper research, be very aware of the fact that there is no guarantee for success.  Sometimes even a fully mature marijuana plant’s buds won’t have enough THC to achieve a high. This will only occur when the plants are improperly tended, so as long as you do the proper research and tend your plants responsibly, it should not happen to you.

If you want to be extremely cautious, you should only prune the leaves that already look unhealthy. If they are turning yellow or have brown tips, if their lobes are partially eaten, and if they are withered at all, you can (and should) safely remove those leaves. When the bases of leaves have branches coming out of them, you can remove those leaves. Always begin with leaves that are the highest up, as this will encourage smaller leaves down below to speed up their growth.

Responsible, strategic pruning will allow your plant to enhance its ability to produce THC and repel insects. It will increase your yield in the end, and could provide you with some weed to smoke in the meantime. All in all, when done responsibly, pruning your plants could be a very wise decision for you.

Thanks for reading. Please leave comments or questions below and don’t forget to download my free grow bible

Robert

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  1. By Steve

    ,26 Aug 2013
    Excellent article, just what I needed to know. Thanks.
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    1. By Tim

      ,24 Jun 2017
      Can I pinch out my tips and flip um to 12 x12 straight away
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      1. By Mo white

        ,13 Aug 2017
        Well it’s my first time got 3 plants a bit confused about useing tap water and plant food?
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        1. By MG

          ,16 Jan 2019
          Since you can”t know Exactly what is in your tap water as far has iron ,salts chlorine and more I use strictly rain water and in winter melt snow.
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    2. By L K

      ,02 Sep 2018
      Shame on you for being so hateful and using vulgar, vile language. You need to check yourself, stay off this site, Now. What a black Spirit you are..
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  2. By [email protected]

    ,27 Mar 2014
    great info!!!! I might be crazy but i never top my plants.
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  3. By Marilyn Olsen

    ,03 Jun 2015
    The information you offer is the most concise that I have found! But, again, it’s called “weed” for a reason. I am growing plants that come from 40-year-old seeds and they are in the flowering stage. I followed your ‘lighting” […]Read More
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    1. By Jennifer ILGM

      ,03 Jun 2015
      Marilyn, thanks for sharing. Good luck and keep us posted!
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    2. By Rick Macoy

      ,15 Sep 2017
      40 yrold seeds are not gonns have the punch the nee stuff has, less its collumbian gold or thai. Use good seeds. Very important. Im jußt another ol head, learnin the game. But you gotta have good seeds.
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  4. By Debbie

    ,15 Jun 2015
    Your tips are awesome and I couldn’t do what Im doing with out you! thanks! Debbie
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  5. By Kelsey

    ,18 Jul 2015
    I’ve been wanting to grow for a while and this has just what I need to hopefully get beautiful healthy buds… thank you!
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  6. By MJCTHC1

    ,02 Aug 2015
    I always thought you could combine topping and super-cropping, why do you recommend against it?, thanks in advance.
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  7. By Dick

    ,05 Aug 2015
    I would just like to add that smoking leaves is not a good idea. You’ll get a pretty gnarly headache and except for the sugar leaves, which are covered in trichs and is where most cannabinoids and such are located, […]Read More
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  8. By The Marijuana Grow Bible | Cannabis Now Magazine

    ,07 Aug 2015
    […] that can improve the outcome of their plant. Bergman covers everything from the dangers of over-watering plants to the importance of having nutrient-rich soil. There is also information about pests and other […]
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  9. By Increase Your Marijuana Yield – 5 Tips

    ,25 Aug 2015
    […] since it will have a direct effect on the coverage and distribution of the light. Training and pruning allow your plants to become bigger and wider, and it is free and relatively simple to achieve. You […]
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  10. By Growing Medical Marijuana Outdoors

    ,21 Sep 2015
    […] Pruning is sometimes a necessity to keep the marijuana plants at a manageable size. When the main stem is cut, the lower branches increase in size, and the plant grows several other strong branches. When these are pruned, the […]Read More
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  11. By jessica

    ,10 Oct 2015
    Hi so I pinched the top of my plant in its early stage causing it to fork into two shoots. When it went into 12/12 my porch light was left on and caused the back half of my plant to […]Read More
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    1. By Jman

      ,17 Jan 2017
      As long as the light leak is fixed you can continue your grow. Both plants were probably affected if they were beside each other. But if light leak is taken care of you should be ok Plants will slow or […]Read More
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  12. By latewoodl

    ,15 Oct 2015
    Jessica, That would definitely shock the plant. It also sounds like you would be harvesting part of the plant prematurely. Not a good idea really. Hope this helps. Perhaps you would enjoy our Support Forum. Join up and experience a […]Read More
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  13. By How to Grow Huge Marijuana Buds | WeedMeme

    ,25 Oct 2015
    […] them to receive light in the most effective and even way possible. Training can include forms of pruning, but you don’t always need to use a blade to properly train your […]
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  14. By Denise

    ,28 Oct 2015
    Hi Robert, I just want to say thank you for taking the time to share with all of us your wisdom! My daughter and I have just begun to grow and she is quite a bit more knowledgeable than I […]Read More
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    1. By Jennifer ILGM

      ,02 Nov 2015
      Hi Denise, Thanks for sharing. Welcome to the ILGM grow community and be sure to join our grow support forum. You can learn a lot there from expert en fellow growers
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  15. By cher

    ,08 Jan 2016
    Excellent knowledge for a novice grower so THANKFUL that you took the time to write and share thanks again
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  16. By Jay Campbell

    ,14 Jan 2016
    I’m a new grower and have 2 growing atm. 1 plant I thought I’d made a mistake and I actually realized I topped the plant! This one I’m growing in a great soil mixture. The other I have only tipped […]Read More
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    1. By Jim Osborne

      ,06 Jan 2018
      How did the one with the Coco fiber and perlite turn out? I have heard that the Coco fiber and perlite are just for aeration of the soil, and retain no water, or nutrients. I mix high quality potting soil […]Read More
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  17. By 9 Common Mistakes Made By New Marijuana Growers

    ,17 Feb 2016
    […] overzealous beginners get a little bit creative with pruning. When it comes to pruning, remember that less is more. Pruning can increase growth, but if you do […]
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  18. By Brian

    ,19 Feb 2016
    Noticed theres nothing saying to not prune or top while flowering. Im 2 weeks into flower gonna prune and top tonight! Wish me luck! Peace
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    1. By Jimpepper

      ,30 Jan 2017
      When plants are flowering they are putting energy into that,not growing,so there is no more point to top it. It will not grow bushier.
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  19. By Bcbuddy

    ,19 Feb 2016
    Reading your article on monster cropping by cloning flowering plants, my grow buddies and I have been doing that for many years, rooting results can be an issue, we also have been re-growing harvested plants. We leave a bit of […]Read More
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  20. By latewood.ILGM

    ,19 Feb 2016
    Bcbuddy, It is not uncommon at all to re-vegitate plants. I have done it with great success. The only difference between your method and mine is: I leave them in the flower room and reveg under 12/12. I get good […]Read More
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  21. By Gene

    ,19 Feb 2016
    Remember were the student’s to the most unique plant ever and its Rare to find a post on re veging ..I have to say it’s the most unique gift for indoor growers we can’t ignore. .Its great for cloning and […]Read More
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  22. By Brian finney

    ,20 Feb 2016
    OK so all that did was confuse me because I’m allways pruning for a higher yield. I don’t cut off the original huge fan leaves the leaves I prune r the leaves on the bud stems so this way u […]Read More
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    1. By Percy thrower

      ,11 Apr 2017
      Never cut leafs of they are the soler panels for your plant it might seem like some leafs are in the way of tips.in early flowering but just leave them alone they will sort there self’s out the disinformation and […]Read More
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  23. By latewood.ILGM

    ,22 Feb 2016
    Brian, Sorry to say; I don’t have an answer for you. Removing dead leaves is prudent; It is not a good idea to remove healthy leaves. No confusion. Fact
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  24. By Robert

    ,22 Feb 2016
    Beginners at growing, we have started by cloning and they are growing very well. Keep this information coming the articles are educational and very helpful. We just tipped the new plants and already have new shoots emerging, approx., 4 or […]Read More
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    1. By Jennifer ILGM

      ,23 Feb 2016
      Hi Robert, that’s great, keep us posted we love the hear from fellow growers.
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    2. By Kris

      ,24 Feb 2016
      Nugz = nuggets = bud, nothing but an acronym. Kris
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  25. By Betty

    ,31 Jul 2016
    Hi! Thank you so much for your great information, very helpful. I’m in my second year growing, going for the CBD side of things. Growing these beautiful plants with your advice is fun.
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,01 Aug 2016
      Good to hear you’re enjoying the process Betty and we’re glad to have helped!
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    2. By Deb

      ,16 Mar 2018
      I acquired some baby high cbd low thc plants, new to growing and am not sure what to do for pruning them, when will they form buds and when do you harvest to make tincture, so far so good, they […]Read More
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  26. By Abbott

    ,11 Aug 2016
    I could use a calendar to track my plants’ progress and needs. When should I be doing what and what should I expect week to week and month to month? All your seeds did very well, but for operator error. […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,11 Aug 2016
      Thanks for the suggestion Abbott! We’ll def look into it. Good to hear your first grow went well!!
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  27. By latewood.ILGM

    ,11 Aug 2016
    Abbott, Best way to keep up with your plant would be to join our support forum and start a grow journal. This way you will always have reference to your grows. Hopew to see you there! 🙂 lw
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  28. By Steve

    ,09 Oct 2016
    Great read, but one thing I would like to know is how often can I pinch the tops of the branches .
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  29. By latewood.ILGM

    ,11 Oct 2016
    Steve, I suggest you join our support forum. We have many knowledgeable growers that practice this technique and can help you better there. One thing to note; You do not want to over stress your plants, so exercise patience and […]Read More
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    1. By Jimmy A Durham

      ,10 Nov 2016
      Hi Latewood,,,This is for information purposes,,not meant to be contrary.. First Let Me Say.. I live in Colombia,,Very close to the equator,,at a altitude of 4000 feet..My daylight hours are constant at 12/12..My average temperatures are 65 F to highs […]Read More
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  30. By Coffy

    ,28 Oct 2016
    I thank you for such welcoming information. I’m not new to growing weed. I don’t have the luxury of special strains. Mostly regular seeds.I get a lot from your articles.
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,31 Oct 2016
      Glad to help out Coffy! 😀
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  31. By Tamas

    ,28 Oct 2016
    I find that the leaves make a good mix instead of throwing them out.
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  32. By latewood.ILGM

    ,28 Oct 2016
    Coffy, We appreciate your kind words. Robert set up a pretty cool place. If you like the articles here, you should join our support forum. We have a friendly community with helpful knowledgeable growers always sharing information. 😀
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  33. By Jag907

    ,03 Nov 2016
    Robert said something very true about beginners and pretty much just being there for your babies will make all the difference in how they turn out I appreciate all the knowledge thank you
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  34. By Jag907

    ,03 Nov 2016
    My very first grow I didn’t get much but the quality was outstanding
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  35. By Jag907

    ,03 Nov 2016
    Probably because I took very good care of them
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,04 Nov 2016
      It works! You can get far with just a little basic knowledge and care.
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  36. By 5evcenko

    ,29 Nov 2016
    it is not good idea to smoke leaves, but article is helpuful
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  37. By Weedlover46

    ,27 Jan 2017
    I take my cuttings to my friends house and he makes hash with them I don’t know how he does it but it will knock u out
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,30 Jan 2017
      He probably uses the bubble bags method. Great way to get superb hashish 😀
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      1. By LK

        ,04 Sep 2018
        Please tell me what the Bubble Bag method is…
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        1. By Stacy ILGM

          ,04 Sep 2018
          I can advise you to take a look at this informative thread on our Grow support forum! wwww.support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/t/bubble-bags-step-by-step/18154
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  38. By Gregg Marganella

    ,18 Jun 2017
    RE: “Sometimes even a fully mature marijuana plant’s buds won’t have enough THC to achieve a high.” THAT is a load of Horsesh*t! I am well over 50 and have never heard or read that in my life. Pot is […]Read More
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    1. By Tony

      ,14 Dec 2017
      Have you ever heard of CBD? Some plants have lots of CBD and very little THC. Take a look at Hemp. No THC. Try getting high on that crap.
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  39. By todd

    ,04 Jul 2017
    i was given a female well past the flowering stage and planted her outside, it is my first plant ever. I have been told to prune her but she is growing nicely and seems to be doing great on her […]Read More
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  40. By Randy

    ,07 Jul 2017
    I am having a weird Harvest. I grew two plants. White Widow which is 60/40 Sativa dom. and Big Bud which is 85/15 Indica dom. But, the WW grew as an Indica and was done at 56 days and the […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,07 Jul 2017
      Hi Randy, it sounds to me the two seeds somehow got switched.. surprise!… 😀 I’ll tell them to drink more coffee and stay sharp.
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  41. By Randy

    ,07 Jul 2017
    Ya know Roy, that thought crossed my mind but the WW looked at the end similar to picture of WW I have seen and the BB is exactly like the pictures I have seen. The BB had thin leaves and […]Read More
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  42. By latewood.ILGM

    ,11 Jul 2017
    todd, No need to feel stupid. Growing your won medication takes planning, and a solid foundation for success. Do not be discouraged. Join our forum at ilvegrowingmarijuana.con. We would love to help you grow successfully from start to finish.
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,11 Jul 2017
      Sorry for the typo. ilovegrowingmarijuana.com
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  43. By Colin

    ,22 Aug 2017
    Can I crop the same plant several time the buds on top are mature the ones below need more time they are 12′ tall
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,20 Sep 2017
      Colin, As long as the stem is supple, and you have several weeks left to grow; I would say yes to your question.
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  44. By Joe

    ,25 Aug 2017
    I am presently growing Purple Kush outdoors and am in the process of building a hydroponics set-up in a 4 X 8 grow tent with a 6oo W Metal Halide/HPS set of bulbs. I was hoping to use the scrogging […]Read More
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,20 Sep 2017
      Joe, Make your own choices. If you want to SCROG a Purple Kush, then do it. Only way to learn
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  45. By Lynn Nichols

    ,16 Sep 2017
    One of 5 of my Trainwrecks buds have turned red in the center and the hairs are gone. Is this normal? She’s a beauty 7′ tall.
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,20 Sep 2017
      Lynn, You better join our forum and let us see some images of what you are talking about. ilovegrowingmarijuana. com We are not set up here in the blog for that type support. See you at ILGM support forum. 🙂
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  46. By Nely420

    ,20 Nov 2017
    Hey Robert, what does this sentence say? “Once your plant begins having a pair of leaves sprouting from the very top on a daily basis, the topmost leaf will grow some new branches.” I copied it from your section on […]Read More
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,22 Nov 2017
      Nely, “Once your plant begins having a pair of leaves sprouting from the very top on a daily basis, the topmost leaf will grow some new branches” It means; “After you prune or top, secondary limbs will cone from each […]Read More
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  47. By Steve

    ,04 Apr 2018
    Robert is absolutely right in that pruning needs to be learned gradually as you get more experience. The response to it is very similar to how tomato plants behave. However, don’t throw your trimmed leaves away. Just leave them in […]Read More
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    1. By Steve

      ,04 Apr 2018
      I made a typo. I use sunflower Lecithin – not soya.
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  48. By Cannubis

    ,04 Apr 2018
    some problems with your article: o You say not to prune with just your fingers, but sseveral of your pix show exactly that. o It’s often not clear whether you’re talking about indoors or outdoors, o Is it really science […]Read More
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,18 Apr 2018
      Cannubis, Thanks for sharing. These articles are generally meant for newbies and it is better to teach nrebies not to use their hands. Of course this falls on deaf ears and in fact we all tent to touch the plant. […]Read More
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  49. By Eric Jensen

    ,04 Apr 2018
    I contacted you last year about my experiment – growing pot hydroponically outdoors in a river. I live on a houseboat and have plastic barrels cut in half and half filled with soil. the bottoms of the half-barrels have holes […]Read More
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  50. By latewood_ILGM

    ,18 Apr 2018
    Eric , If you want to share you story, go here: support.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com Once you have established yourself as an active member, you can share your pictures. I would be worried about harmful bacteria growing directly in a lake or river. […]Read More
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  51. By Bella Linda

    ,28 May 2018
    All I do is tie down my plant, it takes off when I do it. The yield is incredibly, two to three pounds. Do not remove any of the sun leaves until it is dried. Like the way it makes […]Read More
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,06 Jun 2018
      Bella Linda, Thanks for sharing and the kind words! 🙂 Peace
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  52. By RoyC

    ,03 Jun 2018
    I pruned 1 plant of leaves that were blocking bud sites probably 5-10 leaves is this enough to hermie fem plants that are in flower.
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,06 Jun 2018
      RoyC, Any stress can cause “hermie” effects. Light pruning should not hurt you. Keep in mind removing fan leaves is like taking a small piece of the heart and lungs from the plant; So, don’t get carried away. Also; It […]Read More
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  53. By Scott Dentz

    ,16 Aug 2018
    Terrific article, I’ve tried every one of these methods in the 25+ years I’ve been growing, think super cropping and some training is the way to go for me.
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  54. By LK

    ,04 Sep 2018
    Hope you will delete Rick Karp’s offensive message. Seems he has some deeper problems, needs to sober up and apologize, in my opinion. You and your dedicated staff have provided nothing but positive, valuable information to all of us, to […]Read More
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    1. By Stacy ILGM

      ,04 Sep 2018
      Hi LK, Thank you so much for your kind words! And we have to agree with you, it’s all about having fun growing and learning while doing it. People should feel free to share their experiences and opinions but Rick’s […]Read More
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  55. By Paul

    ,06 Sep 2018
    Some good advice on here…thanks
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  56. By Drew

    ,10 Sep 2018
    “When the bases of leaves have branches coming out of them, you can remove those leaves. Always begin with leaves that are the highest up, as this will encourage smaller leaves down below to speed up their growth.” WHAT?????
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,26 Sep 2018
      Drew, Not sure what you are asking but, I do not agree with the quote, either. I would prune fan leaves from the bottom up. Hope this helps.
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  57. By Alienaj

    ,13 Sep 2018
    LST on Banana Kush made it bud outdoors in August. Ready to harvest on Sept 15. My other Banana Kush is three weeks behind. Started early spring from Fem Seed. Great yield, looks like about . 24 ounces or more.
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  58. By Joe katrenak

    ,18 Sep 2018
    Hello ,When growing auto flowers will the yield increase by pinching and pruning or is this for photo period only.Thank you
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,26 Sep 2018
      Joe, This is for photo’s…Yes. We do not top or prune auto’s. Good question 🙂
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  59. By clafairy

    ,07 Dec 2018
    too much reading, I’m confused… it there a difference between topping the plant to (say) start the scrogging process, and the pinching off the top tip to cause two tips to grow? I was guessing not, but then latewood’s response […]Read More
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,07 Dec 2018
      You do not necessarily have to top the plant to SCROG. Another thing I always tell people is to try it and see for yourself. I know many who have manipulated “Autos” IMO, it was not that successful, but to […]Read More
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  60. By Jim B

    ,08 Dec 2018
    Thanks for all the information about various ways to grow. I have a Bruce Banner plant (from your seeds) into its second week of flowering outdoors here in San Diego; yes December 8! I couldn’t wait till Spring to try […]Read More
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,10 Jan 2019
      Jim B, I suppose you could remove the flower but, it is not necessary. While rooting ,the flower will die and when rooted, new leaves will sprout replacing the flower. Make sure you are rooting the clones at least 18/6 […]Read More
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  61. By Curtis

    ,16 Jan 2019
    I Buy Here Because I Get Genetics I Trust I Buy Here Because There Is Great Customer Service I Buy Here Because I Appreciate All The Work Robert Has Put Into FREE Articles For All Of Us With That Being […]Read More
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  62. By curtis

    ,16 Jan 2019
    …or this Gold Leaf clone at 40 days in veg https://www.roughneckcity.com/upimg/image/upimg_file/2273/original Prune HARD then mist the plants with RO water that contains nitrogen and all the trace elements like magnesium Sulfate (12 % sulfur and VERY important) Cal Mag ( […]Read More
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  63. By Jeremy

    ,16 Jan 2019
    Very Interesting— I’ve recently switched over to a SOG method… I am having a hard time figuring out how to trim for the highest yeild… My plants look like tall Dr. Seuss lollipops with a smaller cola than hoped. Next […]Read More
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  64. By juan

    ,17 Jan 2019
    Great tips , first time grower need all the help I can get. thanks
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