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Topping marijuana is typically misunderstood by most growers. A single growing shoot might produce a larger individual cola, topping the plant gives you 4 colas that can soak up the best light intensity. The entire plant, in general, is allowed to get more light and produce bigger buds. Although individual colas might not be as large, the cumulative yield is much greater than an un-topped plant.

It’s vital that you top the plants early on so that you get a solid start. When my clones take root properly and start to grow out, I cut out the meristem, which divides the plant into 2 growing shoots. Growth will slow initially, but the plant will eventually become stronger and yield more. If you top low enough, the marijuana plant will create 4 growing shoots. Download my free grow bible for more marijuana pruning techniques.

Although most strains take well to topping, some don’t. Really short, slowly-growing indicas like Urkle simply take a long time to grow when topped. Even so, we can usually expect 5 ounces per plant with this method. To put it plainly, all plants improve with topping, but certain slow-growing strains may take a while to mature properly.

Topping Marijuana Plants Can Increase Your Yield
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The key with most strains is to top early (around 10 inches with a few internodes). This allows the plant to keep a low profile while also providing the optimal amount of bud sites that receive the best light. Another benefit is that you don’t need as many plants to entirely fill up a room. Medical limits often make it more beneficial to have fewer plants that can give you the same yields as more plants.

Seedlings are slightly different. It’s important to let the seedling develop and grow at least 4 to 5 internodes prior to topping. Topping a seedling too early will shock a plant, slow down the growth process, and waste a ton of time. A seeded plant should be given enough time to take root properly and produce a few sets of fan leaves. I generally wait until I see roots coming out of the drain holes before I top.

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Robert

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  1. By latewood

    ,25 Apr 2014
    I like the idea that you mention the medical limit some growers must endure. Thus; This technique is very sound. I would like to throw an alternative to cutting the top off. But 1st, I want to say. I use […]Read More
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    1. By Stephane

      ,25 Apr 2014
      Wow ! That’s is impressive. Would you have a video of this ?
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    2. By latewood

      ,25 Apr 2014
      I omitted the fact that the advanced technique of bending over the top Kola, should be done around the 3-4 week of flower when top Kola is massive caompared the the secondary kolas.
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  2. By Granny Smoke

    ,09 Jun 2014
    I’m brand new at this. I planted a few seeds I got from a bag and they actually grew! :-). So I’m now very excited to do this right so I feel confident purchasing seed and growing an abundance of […]Read More
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  3. By GOMER GENTRY

    ,18 Dec 2014
    ALWAYS TOP AFTER 4’TH. TO 5’H NODE IN GROWTH THAT EZY
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  4. By tom major

    ,23 Apr 2015
    I’ve a Lady growing at the moment that decided to top herself after first leaves proper..she is now on Day 1 Week 2 Flowering.. n.lightsXcritical
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  5. By Pruning Marijuana Plants – When And How To Prune

    ,17 Jul 2015
    […] that is located near the low nodes – this is a reliable sign that your plant can withstand topping. After your plant’s fifth leaf pair has popped up, you can safely cut off then main stalk. Read […]
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  6. By Seeds Or Clones? How To Start My Indoor Marijuana Grow

    ,03 Aug 2015
    […] sativa dominant strains that also grow tall you can use pruning techniques like topping or super […]
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  7. By Kendog

    ,29 Aug 2015
    Even better yet late wood. Bend, supercrop, knuckle your plants in veg, that way the side shoots will grow level with your top bud/buds that you knuckled and whilst in flower you won’t slow down the process of it growing […]Read More
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    1. By doug

      ,23 Sep 2015
      Yes I agree with this comment never break in flower slows it down way to much I do I my topping in veg room and it seem I have incorporated all these methods in to my growing and have had […]Read More
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  8. By latewood

    ,02 Sep 2015
    “Knuckle” Love it! 🙂 The 2 times I achieved over a LB for a plant; I knuckled it. i.e I bent the top stem over until it broke. All 2ndary kolas went crazy and provided the same weight as the […]Read More
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  9. By doug

    ,23 Sep 2015
    I agree to this comment I think you should pinch in veg not flowering slows the plants down way too much I have done all these methods of knuckling pinching and topping at the same time and it felt like […]Read More
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    1. By Big Beau

      ,29 Apr 2018
      Fuck yeah I’m big on a tie down and light trim with mine.scared to top them but if it means more bud I’m of to prune.happy times
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  10. By How to Grow Huge Marijuana Buds | WeedMeme

    ,25 Oct 2015
    […] growers swear by “training” their plants. Training means bending, netting, or topping your plants in order for them to receive light in the most effective and even way possible. […]
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  11. By How to Grow Huge Marijuana Buds

    ,26 Oct 2015
    […] growers swear by “training” their plants. Training means bending, netting, or topping your plants in order for them to receive light in the most effective and even way possible. […]
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  12. By Kentucky Weed Radio | How to Grow Huge Marijuana Buds

    ,26 Oct 2015
    […] growers swear by “training” their plants. Training means bending, netting, or topping your plants in order for them to receive light in the most effective and even way possible. […]
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  13. By How To Grow Huge Marijuana Buds – 7 Tips

    ,11 Jan 2017
    […] growers swear by “training” their plants. Training means bending, netting, or topping your plants in order for them to receive light in the most effective and even way […]
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  14. By Matthew

    ,16 May 2017
    So I topped my plant and have been thinking if you top and bend the plant down and the other shoots come in and grow a few nodes can you top those or do you just top the tops when […]Read More
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  15. By latewood.ILGM

    ,17 May 2017
    Matthew, Topping is generally done once but, these days many growers feel that they get an advantage by topping secondary branches as well. It all is a matter of growers personal choice, and you should do what fits your grow […]Read More
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  16. By Greenlantern

    ,07 Feb 2018
    I have auto flower northern lights going. Would you recommend topping these? My understanding is this stain is supposed to be short anyway.
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  17. By latewood_ILGM

    ,08 Feb 2018
    Greenlantern, You are not supposed to top auto flower plants. Stressing an auto flower can stifle and/or stop growth, the plant will flower, and finish with minimal yield. Happy growing 🙂
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