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There are many reasons to prune your plants whether in veg or flower. If you are focusing on YIELDS, learning when and why to prune your beautiful marijuana plants IS one of the best techniques available to mmj growers.

When To Prune Your Plants

One thing that all growers should learn is when to prune their plants. During veg there are plenty of reasons to prune your plants especially when growing indoors. If you have a grow cabinet or grow tent for example you will want to make sure that your plants before hitting flower are no larger than 3 ft and even then that is cutting it close when it comes to height limitations.

If you are working with sativas for example you will want to keep your girls at most 3 ft and still would need to focus on training your girls by bending them, snapping them and tying them down so that they do not over grow your cabinet or tent.

Benefits Of Pruning Cannabis Plants

One of the biggest reasons to top plants is to increase yields while keeping a more uniform canopy. When you grow indoors having an even canopy will allow you to keep your grow lights much lower to the plants which can help with lower bud sites and density throughout the entire plant itself.

Another great benefit to pruning is to reduce powdery mildew and potential pests however always be aware that IF you already have powdery mildew PRUNING and trimming can and will increase PM throughout your plants and garden as a whole as it leaves open wounds. Only prune healthy plants and you will see more benefit than negatives throughout.

Best Time Of Day To Prune

One of the best times to prune your plants is during the start of lights on as it allows your plants the ability to heal and grow in a warm environment versus closer to the dark cycle. If you prune closer to the dark cycle there is higher chance of pests, bugs and mildew to attach and expand which will not be beneficial to your plants, your end meds OR the future of your indoor grow as a whole.

If you must prune closer to the night cycle just make sure to keep it minimal and spread out your trimming, topping, fimming and pruning to every other day to further reduce the chance of powdery mildew and other issues to arise within your grow.

Where And How To Prune

What we find funny is the amount of growers who think that you can trim a plant anywhere and assume it to regrow new tops. If you cut off the budsite completely NO NEW GROWTH will happen no matter what other growers might say.

You must cut ABOVE the internode to allow those secondary tops to revert to PRIMARY tops and grow according. There are plenty of other methods to allow a plant to explode with new growth by doing alternative topping methods such as fimming for example.

How To FIM And Why

Fimming is actually called “F*ck I Missed” and the key is to actually cut through a budsite versus cutting above it. Once it heals you will notice 1,2,3 or even 4 new tops forming due to your miscalculated cut. While the fim cut seems to be bad for the plant it actually is one of the BEST yield generators that you can do for a plant.

When fimming, it can take a couple weeks for the new growth to show completely but best of all you can keep on fimming during veg growth and end up with an endless amount of budsites compared to the normal 1 or 2 that normally grow per bud site on a marijuana plant.

Why Is Topping Important For Better Yields

Topping allows a plant to not focus on a main cola but rather consider ALL of its colas whether primary or secondary as MAIN colas and each will yield and grow as if it was the top of the plant. Most of the smaller and lower budsites on plants normally grow at a slower rate otherwise BUT once topped you will see the lower growth EXPLODE with juicy trich covered icky sticky.

In the end just remember to focus on your plants health before cutting, topping, pruning or fimming because it can and is counterproductive unless it is 100% pest and mildew free to be able to see the best results possible.