Topping cannabis plants is a way to stop their growth. The act of topping a plant is to prevent it from growing. This allows you more control over the final product. The particular strain of marijuana that you’re growing determines when you should top it. When to top marijuana plants right away, others may do better if they have time to grow.
Why Is Topping So Popular Among Cannabis Prune Techniques?
You can get multiple top colas, instead of one. Also, you will get more trichrome density per cup and higher yields. The difference isn’t evident yet, however.
If you are planning to plant outside, you can top them to make sure they stay lower to the ground and are less susceptible to being blown away by high winds.
Topping cannabis plants should be done in conjunction with defoliating, to increase airflow.
Topping Cannabis Plants
1. Survival & Reproduction
Imagine a field filled with thousands of cannabis plant species that all fight for survival. Every cannabis plant needs water, carbon, and light to survive. In order to reproduce, pollen must come from the male plants and meet the flowers of female plants.
You should note two important points: access light and fertilization. You may have noticed that cannabis plants are taller than usual and less bushy. This is because cannabis plants want to stand out in the crowd and have as much exposure to sunlight as possible.
In order to produce cannabis, female plants must also be able to pollinate. In order for this to occur successfully, their buds should be as high as possible. This exposes their buds to the air and increases the chance of male pollen landing on them through the wind. Alternately, plants can be trained so that they are facing the wind and have a lot more colas. This will decrease the chances of pollination.
2. Breaking the Patterns
However, growing cannabis seeds at your home can cause the plant to lose its two primary purposes: survival and reproduction. Here are some reasons.
Our goal is to stop female cannabis plants from reproducing. They would otherwise end up with a lot more seedy weed. We also don’t care about its survival. Our marijuana plants can be given lots of space and water.
3. Auxins & Apical Dominance
Natural growth hormones, called auxins, are produced in the vegetative stage at the apical growth tips of almost all plants. Auxins, which are responsible for cell elongation, are the primary driving force behind the plant’s lower branches growing toward the sunlight. This is why a branch that has been bent sideways will start to grow up again. By shading the bottom end of the branch, you caused the top cells to grow more quickly than the bottom. This is the cause of distortion. This diagram will help you understand it better.
4. Shifting the Focal Point
If most auxins concentrate at the growth tip of the plant, wouldn’t that make sense?
Yes, you can remove all the auxins from cannabis plants by cutting off their tops during the vegetative phase. You can manipulate your plants’ growth patterns to achieve the Christmas tree shape.
A cannabis plant that has lost its apical (the top) shifts production of auxins to its lateral branches. Actually, the sudden release of auxins from the lateral branches makes them grow out and become new tops. This prevents the plant from returning to vertical growth.