I’ve actually heard that it IMPROVES the stem to break it like that . It sends hormones or something and makes it a superhighway.
There’s a great grower on YouTube who actually snaps EVERY section between EVERY node on EVERY branch. Claims it gives him 10% more than anyone else can get . Dude is smart as shit. Think he’s a botanist. His plants are amazing. But even I’m too scared to try that.
I got it from Hellraiser. An exceptional grower that I have not seen much from lately. Now I mostly do manifolds so it is automatically part of the pruning.
The last auto I grew was in the summer of 20, a Jack Herer. It was not topped and was trained to follow the outside of the pot.
That’s funny. I have the same problem. I grow for my wife. I don’t even partake but really enjoy growing it. She won’t let me give it away because we are in an illegal state and she does not want any of our friends to know what my hobby is.
I give it to my neighbors, my daughter and son in law, their friends, my sister in law and her family, my friends and I even gave an oz. to a service technician as a tip who was at the house who did a good job… and I still have more than 5 oz left over to give away. And my 3rd grow will be ready to harvest in 6 weeks😳
I’ve been working hard to learn the LST protocols too. With my autos, it seems like starting to train around wk. 3 or so. I start out very gentle – but do get aggressive sometimes. I have the red clips too and I like them – but they can be hard to use depending on the branch.
I’ve been using U-shaped stakes and like them a lot. They make it easy to bend a branch and then just place the stake over the branch to hold. I have 5 in and 10 in stakes.