Second grow…how many times can I top?

Hi. Last summer was my first grow, and it was a greater success than I expected. I harvested over two pounds from two White Widows and now have to push weed on my friends!

But those two plants were WAY too tall…11-12 feet. I couldn’t protect the tops at all. I DID top them a couple of times, but I need to keep them manageable this time. So, how many times is it okay to top the new ones? Optimal height for me woukd be 5-7 feet.

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You can top as much as you want prior to flowering, but there is a point of diminishing returns. I top my plants 2 to 3 times. This plant was topped 3 times.

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I would supercrop.

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I have issue with close neighbors and have a 6’ privacy fence that I attempt to keep my outdoor grows beneath. I have topped numerous times during early summer with relatively good success but as a rule I don’t top past mid-July here in MD. The sunlights begins receding and my plants show pistols by the first week of Aug. So I want minimal stress or recovery time to hinder the beginning of flower. Good luck!!

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Thanks very much! That was very useful.

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@Gaia69
I have to control height because of it not being allowed here so I did this :smiley:

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Thats cool :clap: @Hashtonbutcher …Like an Espalier / Trellis type grow…I can remember a book I had many moons ago by Ed Rosenthal “The Closet Cultivator” It showed may methods of horizontal type grows…Cant wait to see how they look when they mature…Keep us posted!!

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Howdy AL

I was about 16 or 17 when we traveled to the city of Melbourne and went to the bong shop,we thought we were so cool :sunglasses:
Was taboo then ,still is here.
The smell of incense and all the bongs and plastic cannabis plants. :joy:
I only had $20, and I was tossing up between the book or a bong.
I bought the book by Ed Rosenthal and Mel Frank :grinning:
I will keep you posted AL :crossed_fingers:

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Oh yea I remember those well also…and yes we were technically not supposed to go behind the curtains…or beads I cant remember which…Yeah they had backlight posters lava lamps incense bongs pipes rolling papers…Funny memories too…
Thanks for sharing…

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Topping is a great training method up to a certain size and time of year,
but once bud sites are established that is a limited option.
Ultimately the only restriction to topping is the life of the plant and the length of the season if you are growing outdoor.
Use tie downs and super-cropping once a desired structure is established.
Height is also determined by genetics, eg. sativa dom being taler than indica dom.
Select a genetic that will suit your height restrictions, most strain specifications can be found online.

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