| Posted on Fri, February, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
There are many methods to growing cannabis and one that is largely debated upon is whether to top the plants or to tie them down. The two methods are both used to get the same end result, a stronger, healthier plant that will yield a greater amount of buds at the end of the grow season. Some growers even combine methods and both top and tie the plants. This gives them a shorter, bushier appearance, with many tops, resulting in a large amount of product.
Topping is a very easy process. The grower simply waits until the plant is about three or four nodes tall and then begin to pluck the new growths from the tips. You'll be able to see the part that you're supposed to remove, nestled in between the leaves. Remove this piece and in it's place, two tops will start to grow. Some growers only prefer this method, especially if hight is an important factor to them. Primarily used singularly by outdoor growers, since the plants can get so large this way.
When the grower decides to tie the plants down, a cotton string is wrapped around the tops, dragging them downwards and promoting an outward growth, rather than upwards. Since this method doesn't include physically damaging the plant, some growers think that tying down the plants is far less stressful. But then again, as said above, there are plenty of growers that use both to maximize their yield. Tying plants down is perfect for micro grows because of the horizontal growth and is even reversible if you decide against it. Simply remove the strings. Be sure that if you choose this method, you do no tie the strings too tight. The plant will grow around the string, eventually cutting through itself and you can lose entire branches to this mistake.
Every grower has a different method of getting their plants to the correct place. Since every grower is different, every strain has the potential to be different. The choice in how the plants are grown is very important and greatly effects the outcome of the buds. Large amounts of stress and poor growing conditions will never give a good end result so be sure that you care for your plants in the best way that you see fit.