Super cropping is one of the best pruning techniques that you have available to you. It’s also one of the easiest to perform. It isn’t like pure pruning where you actually snip off some of the plant. Instead, it’s more like putting the plant through a little bit of stress to get it to increase yields. The basic crux behind super cropping is that you are trying to increase the number of “tops.” You want to push the lower growth higher and wider so that it will flower.

This technique essentially allows you to take the auxins (or growth hormones) and detour them from growing tips to other areas where they can maximize growth. This is a technique that can be performed on virtually every plant (excluding autos) and you can actually do it multiple times during the vegetative process. This allows the nutrients to work double duty, producing much heavier yields in areas that wouldn’t have been particularly productive. The plants themselves tend to look bushier and more robust as a result of super cropping. Download my free  grow bible for more marijuana pruning techniques

How to Super Crop

(Note: Not all plants will react the same to super cropping, so it’s important that you test it out on a few branches prior to taking on the whole plant).

The goal here is to essentially make the plant think it doesn’t have a top. This allows lower growth to expand upwards in the place of some of the branches in the top canopy. To perform a super crop, you don’t need any special tools or devices. It’s a really simple process that only requires a thumb and a forefinger.

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First, you’ll want to find a plant that’s ready for super cropping. Generally, anything that has advanced past seedling stage or is about 3 or 4 weeks old should be eligible for super cropping.

How to Super Crop
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Then, you need to pick a specific point (generally near the 1st and 3rd node sets) where you want to create an imaginary horizontal line of “damage.” This point really depends a lot on the spacing of the plant. Everything below that horizontal line will start to gain nutrients at a faster rate.

Once you’ve picked the horizontal line, you need to take your thumb and forefinger and squeeze at that location. You should do this for virtually every branch if you think the plant can withstand a full super cropping. You should squeeze at a uniform point, turning you’re the branch about 90 degrees every time. The tops themselves should end up folded over. You don’t want to be too firm to the point where you break the branch entirely off, but you also don’t want to be too lenient to where the plant regains its vertical posture within a matter of hours.

Over time, the point where you “broke” the branch will start to heal. Again, you don’t want to snap the branch entirely off. You just want to bend it (like a kink in a hose) and then let it flop over.

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  1. By MOJO ,13 Apr 2014
    after supercropping how long till the plant could go into 12/12 for flowering for best results?
    1. By MacGyver Stoner ,13 Apr 2014
      It is not so much about letting the plant heal before starting the flowering period, as it is about being careful while supercropping as not to break the skin of the stem that is being bent by gently crushing or […]Read More
      1. By Sean McCormack ,08 Dec 2018
        Ive been growing since the mid 90s in my teens i took all knowladge from moms old friend and new tech combining old skool with new i rember seeing 10 ft tall plants in mid to late 80s as a […]Read More
  2. By Seeds Or Clones? How To Start My Indoor Marijuana Grow ,03 Aug 2015
    […] For sativa dominant strains that also grow tall you can use pruning techniques like topping or super cropping. […]
  3. By Pruning Marijuana Plants – When And How To Prune ,18 Aug 2015
    […] 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, […]
  4. By Master D ,02 Jun 2017
    The pictures show a flowering plant. Must be ok.
  5. By Walter Yoter ,13 Jul 2017
    Hey there Robert Wow such a plethora of info on growing tips , harvesting , curing and the selections of seeds is awesome .I am a first time grower and just ordered some "Crush" or Snoop Doggs claims it s […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,14 Jul 2017
      Hah thanks Walter! You two seem to be handling your newfound hobby well! Good luck with those babies :D
  6. By Kay Shiraz ,16 Nov 2017
    I've received 30 x excellent looking seeds from ILGM. 9 have been started and they're now growing well outdoors (Australia) after 16 days. Since they are auto-fems (hybrids), should I be considering this supercrop method, or is auto a definite […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,21 Nov 2017
      Kay, You should allow an auto flower (all are fems), to grow naturally. Since the plant is meant to be a short term grower in the fastest amount of time; It makes no sense to stress the plant, at all!. […]Read More
  7. By Kelly McDaniel ,28 Feb 2018
    I have tried to get your grow guide and harvest guide. I have filled out your forms 10 or more times now and have not gotten anything. I have even tried the download the odd now form. Still nothing. What's […]Read More
    1. By Stacy ILGM ,01 Mar 2018
      Hi Kelly, I'm sorry to hear you have trouble receiving the downloads. I will send you a email containing the direct PDF files to make it easier for you!
  8. By Frank ,04 Aug 2020
    How late in the season can I super crop? My girls are outside and are growing like weeds. I just want to stop them from growing over the fence. My girls are lemon tree and forbidden fruit
  9. By T ,06 Apr 2021
    Is it necessary or wise to super crop as well as top, or is that overkill? If I did do both, would it be less stressful to just do it all at once, or would that kill it? I've seen […]Read More

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