Today was a very fun day in the grow room. There wasn't too much work to do. It was more of a "make sure everything is working properly and the plants are ok" type of day.
While looking I noticed the Sugar Mama is up to four nodes!
This is the time I like to Top Or F.I.M.(Fuck I Missed!). The main difference between Topping and Fimming is the height of the cut, angle of the cut, and the number of extra colas produced after the cut.
Topping will produce two main colas while fimming should produce four(sometimes only two, but the majority of the time it will be four extra colas).
Some growers use their fingernails to top or fim but I like to use a sterile pair of scissors.
These scissors were cleaned with a hospital grade antimicrobial hand rise(isopropyl alcohol will do).
If you have never topped or fimmed before then you want to go the very top node that is starting.
You will cut lower on the node if you are topping and at a 45 degree angle. The new node is essentially gone and it looks like a stem with nothing coming off of it.
Fimming is a straight horizontal cut but only about 80 percent of the new node is cut off.
The above picture is what the plant looks like after fimming. I will not be topping this plant but below I will give an example of where one would cut if topping. Remember to cut at a 45 degree angle if topping.
Tomorrow Bigfoot and She who is not named(Both are Steem OG's) will be checked for fimming.
Realistically, they should probably be topped because they are a very Indica dominant strain. I may top one and fim the other to see how they compare in growth.
I may or may not fim these again after the new colas have four nodes. I don't know if that is going to be possible because of the height in the room BUT I could also super crop these to help with height and give a more even light distribution for the buds.
That's one of the most fun parts of growing marijuana. There are so many options and techniques to grow your plants and you won't get bored if you are always trying to learn new techniques.
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