Contributed by: Crazy composer
How I like to prune...
top is less than half the way to the top, so it's
useless to me.
First, I like to start at the bottom
of the plant. I make sure that there's nothing to stop
airflow under the plant. Air flow is extremely important
in getting healthy plants with good yields. As the
leaves use up the CO2 and produce O2, small pockets of
useless O2 are collecting under the leaves. If your
garden has good circulation, this won't be a problem,
the air is constantly moving throughout the entire
surface of every leaf, however gently. So, I start by
cleaning up useless leaves and branches that are at the
bottom four to five inches of the plant. NO GREEN will
exist here except for the branches themselves.
Snip the bastard right off!
I am not
very conservative in my pruning. I will attack a healthy
plant just as it shows first signs of flowering. This is
also the last time I prune any branches. I know at this
point how much taller they will get, and I am trying to
keep them at a certain height and a certain thickness.
This is a better scene,
I will go on
to make sure that none of those tiny branches starting
at the bottom of the plant remain. NO GREEN!
This is also when I attack the
All I am
interested in at this point (first signs of flowers) is
exposing as many bud sites as possible here in the first
stages of flowering. This exposure to the light source
early on will establish many more prominent bud sites
than just letting the plant overgrow itself. Carefully
look at the plant from the top, where the light comes
from, and look for bud sites that are not exposed to
your line-of-sight because of a leaf. Take that leaf
All this vegetation will return soon, don't
worry about that.
Can you see
what was stuck in the shadow of the leaf in the above
picture? Not any more! Notice the lighter shade of green
the shaded leaves and bud site have. That's from lack of
direct light. This should darken up and fatten up now
that it has access to more light.
This is an example...
happens when you prune branches for the effect of making
your plant bushier. Notice I sniped the center branch
about a week ago. Back then, those two side branches
were just barely visible tufts of green, not yet leaves
or branches. Now they're doing exactly what I had pruned
for, to produce two branches at the same top level where
before there was only one. Access to the greatest amount
of light by the greatest amount of branches, and
therefore bud sites, is a way to ensure heafty harvests
in healthy plants.
I supercrop to increase
supercropped before and have recently come to the
personal conclusion that it does really work. My largest
and most developed colas last crop were on supercropped
branches. Just take a tender branch in your fingers and
pinch and twist at the same time until you feel the
insides start to collapse under the pressure of your
fingers. The branch might droop slightly, but this is
what you want. You're actually damaging the insides of
the branch. We are trying to damage the vascular (water
and nutrient carrying "veins") tissues so that they
double in size after a week or so of healing themselves.
As in human muscle, we must slightly damage our muscle
tissue (by exercise) before it heals, larger and better
able to move fluids to and from places in the body that
need them. So by supercropping, you're creating body
builder Pot plants!
This is the flowering...
pruning leaves, branches and supercropping. I didn't
take a picture before, but if I had, you'd see that they
used to be very very cluttered with light blocking
leaves and useless bottom branches which never catch up
to the producing branches, and actually cause a drain on
resources more than anything. In a week these will be
covered in young but well-lit bud sites. The front half
of these girls are Yankee Platinum clones the back are
To help increase yield...
decrease overall height of the plant, I top (snip the
main growth shoot) when the plant has four to five sets
of leaves. This is at the fourth set. This action will
cause your plant to react by extending those tiny green
tufts of green on the side of the stem into full-blown
Proof that it works...
This is what happens after about 5
days to a week after topping. You can see the great
increase of side shoots. These will, with some training
and future pruning, all compete for light at the top of
the plant, instead of being relegated to the middle or
bottom of the plant, shadowed by the main cola that you
didn't snip when you had the chance to do