Should You Top Outdoor Plants

Whether you grow cannabis indoors or outdoors, topping your plants can help them yield more, which is what every grower strives for. Topping, which is an accurate cut at the node, is the first thing to grasp. While it sounds simple, the time of topping is crucial. When to top a plant relies on the health of the soil, the health of the plant, the lighting, the size and age of the plant, and the growth objectives. Topping forces a plant to grow laterally rather than vertically.

Topping cannabis plants is a crucial step to maximize the overall quality of the harvest if you are new to cannabis production. By shifting the developing propensity from vertical to lateral, it is a tool that aids in controlling the plant’s overall shape.

The result is that the cola on the supporting branches grows thicker and stronger. However, topping is not the only element involved in generating high-quality, significant yields. Health of the soil, hydration, and light are further considerations.

When should outdoor plants be topped?

Topping is necessary to maintain your marijuana plants healthy and to produce high-quality yields, even if it may seem unusual to chop off and discard a portion of your plants’ cannabis growth.

A marijuana plant will grow vertically if left to grow on its own, concentrating its energy on one main stalk. As a result, the main stalk will have several smaller colas on it and one enormous cola at the top. The quality of these other colas will be subpar, larfy, and tiny. The plant will have a small overall size and yield.

When to top marijuana plants

By cutting off the main stalk during the vegetative stage, the plant will shift its energies to side branches, pushing them to grow out instead of up. This helps redistribute growth hormones from the main stalk to side branches. A weed plant becomes bushier after topping.

The initial top, which is often done above the fifth node, shouldn’t be done until the plant has grown six or seven nodes. To ensure that the plant can sustain the shock of topping, it is crucial to wait until it has grown to this stage.

Waiting until a weed plant has more than seven nodes before cutting it off will cause it to spend energy on upward growth that you will simply take off rather than lateral growth that you will keep.

How a marijuana plant receives light

Because the cannabis plant is wide and not tall, all bud sites will receive an equal quantity of light. Therefore, a bushy design allows light to strike all branches more evenly.

The main cola will receive enough of light from a single vertical stalk, but the lower branches will be shadowed out and produce larfy buds as a result. You’ll receive more buds and better-quality ones with a bushy form.

The plant will become bushier and produce even more side branches if these side branches are eventually topped. Additionally, by doing this, you’ll boost the number of bud sites on branches and thus, your yields. A plant will typically be topped 1-3 times over the course of its lifetime.