I too see the white pistols. Probably too late. However, I don’t believe there is anything wrong with topping an auto if they are healthy. I topped both of mine and they didn’t react at all. I think the ‘don’t top autos’ thing is a myth.
While I have not mustered up the nerve to cut into the plants like this, I have read a lot about success with topping and fimming autos. I think having ALL your environments in check to minimize stress and allow quick recovery is key.
Check out posts by a few who have really good success:
@Not2SureYet@kellydans@Nicky Maybe they can provide some details and insights. You can also do a search for other posts related to topping and fimming.
I am on grow number two. I am definitely going to try these techniques after I can get a better grow space. A little 2x2 closet is hard to control environmental factors.
I think the best is to try and learn from each grow.
Nice healthy looking plants, I like to fim my autos if they’re growing healthy at about four or five nodes. Anyting passed that an they start to flower you miss your window of opportunity. Autos will usually start flowering 4 to 7 weeks into growth. Also it is a preference to top or fim . Happy growing and good luck.
Looks like I was a few months behind. Any up dates? I normally top at the start of week 5. I do a little later than some. But most of what I have to go by is making sure I have enough time for them to split and grow before reaching the scrog. I like to top as late as I can though.