Obtaining huge yields and high concentrations of THC is the pursuit of cannabis growers. In addition to providing an excellent growth environment, pruning cannabis is essential. By pruning cannabis, we break the “top advantage” and allow more branches and flower buds to grow from the side branches and middle bottom of cannabis, thereby effectively increasing the yield.
Through pruning, we can make the hemp as flat as a table and evenly receive the light, without worrying about the light burning on the top or insufficient light on the bottom, which greatly improves the light efficiency.
In the flowering stage, because hemp has more branches, more flower buds will grow at these branch nodes, which doubles the yield of flower buds.
In an environment that satisfies the growth of cannabis, pruning is undoubtedly the most effective means of increasing production. But the wrong construction will greatly reduce the yield, delay the growth of cannabis, and even force female cannabis into hermaphrodite.
Today, I will list the common mistakes of pruning.
No pruning at all
This is a common mistake made by many novices. Although it does not pose a risk of death to marijuana, it will cause a lot of unnecessary trouble.
If the marijuana is not pruned, the middle main stem is long and thick, and there are basically no branches. After flowering, only the middle main stem can grow flower buds. Although the flower buds growing in the middle are thick and large, they are compared to the pruned ones. The output is still much lower.
The middle stem of hemp that is not trimmed will grow taller. If the dwarf variety is okay, the taller variety is likely to top the light, causing the top light to burn and the bottom light to be insufficient.
Accidentally damage the branches when bending
When pruning marijuana, we can use plant straps to bend the branches to make the distance between the branches larger, to leave enough room for future flower buds to grow, and to keep the branches at the same level, allowing the growth of marijuana More evenly.
When choosing curved branches, choose soft ones. The hardened branches are easy to break. So bend the branches as early as possible, as the hemp will not bend after it has formed.
Make the cannabis plant too small
The size of cannabis is mainly determined by the space occupied by the roots. Some growers will build cannabis many times, resulting in short size, sparse branches and leaves, too thin stems, and stagnant growth. Small pots and premature flowering can also cause these problems. We should provide sufficient root space and growth time for cannabis, and avoid excessive pruning. Too much stimulation will frighten cannabis and stop its development.
Make the cannabis plant too large
Too big marijuana is a good thing at first glance. If there are more marijuana flowers, the output will be large, but the troubles are far greater than the benefits. Excellent hemp varieties can become extremely huge in an excellent growth environment. When pruning this type of hemp, we should trim the branches, leaves and stems that are too high. Why? Because when the cannabis plant is too large, the nutrients required by the top flower buds are often difficult to be fully supplied. After maturity, although the yield of the flower buds is large, the taste and strength are very ordinary. The focus of cannabis flower buds is on quality, not quantity. In addition, too large cannabis can cause uneven light distribution, powdery mildew, damp and moldy problems, and these problems may kill cannabis.
Topping too early or too late
Topping is also called topping and tipping, which refers to trimming the top stems to eliminate the top advantage of cannabis and allow the cannabis to grow evenly. When there are 3 to 4 nodes on the main stem, we are about to start topping.
The topping starts when the plant is very young, which will give the cannabis plant too much stimulation, which will greatly slow down the growth rate of cannabis, and even stop the growth of cannabis completely for several days to several weeks.
Topping too late cannot eliminate the top advantage, and the overall upward trend is still too strong. When topping, leave a little stem and not hurt the nodes. Those are the blooming places.
When fixing the plant with a strap, do not use a thin and tough rope. As the hemp grows, this rope will cut the hemp. When fixing marijuana, even with a wide rope, it should leave the marijuana with elastic space for growth.
There are special plant straps on the market, which can maintain the shape, are soft and thick, have a certain degree of elasticity and plasticity, and are very suitable for fixing hemp.
The strap itself is fixed on the flower pot so that the shape of the strap can be adjusted in time.
Excessive pruning of weak cannabis
When marijuana grows slowly or has obvious symptoms, they will be very sensitive at this time. Any external stimuli will aggravate their symptoms and take longer to recover.
When the leaves of marijuana turn yellow and withered, grow leaf spots, and need to be pruned, we must first determine the cause of the disease. If the disease is not contagious, we should first give the marijuana a comfortable environment for it to recover, and wait until she grows new ones. Prune the old leaves when they are in the leaves.
On the one hand, pruning cannabis can make cannabis grow into the shape we want, on the other hand, it can remove diseased tissues, avoid nutrient waste, and make cannabis grow faster. But when pruning, we should give priority to ensuring the health of the marijuana, so as not to kill our own marijuana.