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topping autoflowering plants

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  • May 28 2010 02:39 PM
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Posted 28 May 2010 - 02:39 PM

can sum one tell me if its possible to top an autoflowering plant, and if so with the short life cycle how many tymes do u think i can top it b4 it get to the flowering stage.? help me out let me kno sompin
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Posted 28 May 2010 - 04:56 PM

everytime you top it you are causing the plant stress and slowing down growth and with an autoflower thats realy not going to help the little babies ion my opinion

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 08:18 PM

don't do it. by the time it takes to grow 2 new tops, it will cut short your flowering time by at least a week, maybe 2. being they show sex at 21 days (before the 5th set of leaves arrives), it's not worth the stress and loss of yield, which is what will happen.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 08:32 PM

i'm interested in the answer to this question as well, and would very much like to hear from somebody who has done it themselves. many seem to think it's a bad idea, and yet others claim to have done it, and with good enough results.

edit: and to holiwood420-- i don't mean to imply that i don't believe what you say, i'm just curious to hear more.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 09:26 PM

Doesn't seem like there's much of a reason to. Autoflowering plants end up super short anyway.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 09:42 PM

Doesn't seem like there's much of a reason to. Autoflowering plants end up super short anyway.


this may be true in many situations involving autoflowers, but not all. i for one have grown some auto-ak47 that reached over 3 feet tall. not a record height for an mj plant, i know, but definitely too tall to cram into a tiny stealth box.

currently, as a just-for-giggles grow to pass time till i can again run a legit setup, i'm growing another auto-ak47 in a space without too much vertical room. i've thought that, if it seems feasible at all, topping the girl may keep her short enough to flower comfortably.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 09:48 PM

Why top? LST. Ty down gives you all the same vertical control without the stunt in growth.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 09:53 PM

I agree with Norcali, when she gets about 3 nodes high, just pin her down sideways. All your secondary branches will start reaching up and become individual colas.

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 10:13 PM

ah of course. that i shall likely try. thanks guys.

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 05:51 AM

lst would be much better suited for auto's than topping (just from my experience). my auto's never got to be quite 10" tall, but i have seen some monsters on here. i guess each plant is different and should be treated as such. lst or topping wouldn't have helped mine at all but i have seen others where it would have been ideal.

i didn't take any offense to it, i'd want more opinions too, i was just relaying personal experience :)

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 03:26 PM

i'm interested in the answer to this question as well, and would very much like to hear from somebody who has done it themselves. many seem to think it's a bad idea, and yet others claim to have done it, and with good enough results.

edit: and to holiwood420-- i don't mean to imply that i don't believe what you say, i'm just curious to hear more.




yea i kno. thats what was confusing me


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