LST and Topping

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Hey all,

Everywhere on the forum i have seen LST and topping.

I was just wondering what are the absolute benefits of doing these to your vegetative plants? and also, how many times would you top your plant and why?

Also ive heard a growers tip that if you follow the stalk all the way to the top of a flowering female about a week in 12/12 and cut the very top of the stalk leaving the tallest branch to become the top would increase yeild.

weird questions i know :eek:
 

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i dont know about topping but i do have experience with lst.
lst is used to train the plant to lean so you can get more light to the undergrowth.
 
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Both control the way the plant will grow. Topping will redirect the hormones to the lower branches leading to a bushier plant and more than one top cola. LST trains the plant to grow in unnatural ways... sideways. Both can increase the yeild if done properly.
 

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Everytime you cut a top TWO grow back in its place. I use LST and cut the tops
 

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yeah and you want to watch topping to many times. i read here that if you top to many times the potency of your bud drops.
 

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night501 said:
yeah and you want to watch topping to many times. i read here that if you top to many times the potency of your bud drops.

Another old myth!
 

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I would agree Kade. I've cloned my mother over 100x times and never had a problem with potency. Also I took a new mother from a clone and have not hany any problems with those either.
 

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More facinated with the "sea of green" tbh lol,

any other methods around for maximizing yield? i think ours will be quite high anyway as there looking more short and fat and bushlike rather than sparse....although first grow so im only speculating
 

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Sea of green is awsome. Thats all i use. Put them into flowering about a week after roots start to show. With this method i yield agout an oz out of every 2' plant.
 

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hmm, an oz out of every 2 plants, if thats what you mean, doesnt sound like that much, wouldnt you benifet from leaving the veg to grow a bit more? i mean were using root matt, and have been able to see our babies roots for about a week and a half know, still the plants are only just 5 to 6 inches tall, although they have awesome stems, were not considering flowering them for at least a couple more weeks, thats 5 weeks veg minimum in this case?

but yeh sea of green is great ive seen some amazing ones in various magazines / websites,
 

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DrGreenThumb said:
Hey all,

Everywhere on the forum i have seen LST and topping.

I was just wondering what are the absolute benefits of doing these to your vegetative plants? and also, how many times would you top your plant and why?

Also ive heard a growers tip that if you follow the stalk all the way to the top of a flowering female about a week in 12/12 and cut the very top of the stalk leaving the tallest branch to become the top would increase yeild.

weird questions i know :eek:
Hey, DocGT...LST is very good if you have limited height, as well as for flower production. I tried it last year, and I'm a firm believer. There are a few methods and techniques, but keep in mind that you are stressing the plant and it will take longer to veg it [in my experience]. It's actually pretty cool after you harvest, and look at the twists and turns you've shaped the plant! Oh, and I top once early in the veg stage.
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Nelson
 

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well mine and doc G's plants are currently:


^sorry bout image size


Nice and strong into the Vegness, How would you reccomend topping these?
 

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