Article by Robert Bergman, Weed News
How can you improve the yields of your marijuana plant? Prune your plant strategically; the key to bigger and healthier buds. Though essentially, pruning means cutting off parts of your plant, but it is not all this simple. You have to chop of your plant in a certain way to enjoy the benefits of pruning. And if you deviate from what is recommended, you may end up damaging your plant.
As already mentioned, the most basic way to prune is to chop off some parts of your plant in certain specified ways. For instance, if the bottom leaves have turned yellow, you can prune them. You plant can use resources consumed by those dry leaves elsewhere.
If you chop off the uppermost part of the main stem of your marijuana plant, it is referred to as topping. The benefit of doing this is that your plants can then develop several more branches from that same place. Growth is then bushier, and more sunlight is taken in by the plant. The plant also absorbs more nutrients, all of which lead to quicker growth and more buds.
As a rule of the thumb, you should top your marijuana pant after 4 to 5 set of leaves have emerged. You can also top multiple times, but make sure you give the plant enough recovery time.
If you cut off the latest shoot which your marijuana plant has developed, it is called fimming. The output is that now your plant will grow four primary buds, and not the standard one. Your plant will also become wider than a normal plant, which again means that it can take in more light.
Please bear in mind that if you cut off the newest stem more than necessary, your plant will only grow two buds. We suggest that you should only cut off the stem to around two-thirds of its original length. For some marijuana plants that have a slow recovery process, fimming is not recommended.