Hello everybody! I’ve grown outside in the past before and let Mother Nature do her thing, however I just started my first indoor grow 3 weeks ago. I’ve been researching about fimming and topping, I’m not sure when this process should start. I attached a photo of my plants, can anyone help me out with when I should start the fimming/topping process, or when I should start LST? Any information is greatly appreciated! Hoping to get high with a little help from my friends
I would feel comfortable topping it.
Havent fimmed, dont know.
If your lights get too close, your plants tell you that.
I did Fim’s on smaller plants than that. It’s pretty simple. Go to the top of the plant and carefully spread the two leaves so you can get to the center. Clip and let go of the leaves.
Just looking at your setup you’re going to need more lights. Welcome to ILGM forum.
Ok, the light is a 1000w, do you think just getting another one one would suffice? Also, the seeds we’re ones that I’ve saved over the last ten years or so (not sure of their gender or strain) I planted roughly around 25 of the seeds, because I figured they’d all be dormant, turns out more than I expected were fine!
@Mrniceguy That light is subpar at best. Lots of growers get screwed by the misinformation these light companies push.
First off it’s not 1000 watts. This is the misinformation being pushed on inexperienced growers. Yes, you can add another one and it will help. But you won’t get killer crops. That requires way better lights like HLG.
How much did you spend on that blurple light?
If you spend some time poking around on the DIY light thread, your wallet will open up, and you’ll end up with more lights. It happened to me.
I spent $120 on the light.
Welcome to the forum @Mrniceguy. You will definitely want to look into a more efficient led like a quantum board or even a cob setup. Your light may say 1000w but it’s probably only 260w of output. It happens all the time I am victim to it as well. That’s how those lights sell so fast is they are misinforming you just to make a buck. If you have time look into hlg quantum boards or even search through forums on here as there are plenty. As for topping and fimming, I like to top whenever the plant has atleast 6 nodes or true sets of leaves, I usually top at the 4th node and take everything below that space out as well and then again at the 6th node. As for fimming I would reccomend letting your plant stretch a bit by raising your light to encourage lateral growth and vertical growth. Then you can start lst each branch to an even canopy and fimming each top branch to create more tops. Either way you’re going to have to increase your vegetation time. When you get to flower is when your light will be a lil under performed and will want to look into a replacement. Hope this helps, your plants look great by the way.
@Dbpooper thank you for the information! Spider Farmer SF-1000 LED Grow Light with Samsung Chips LM301B & Dimmable MeanWell Driver Sunlike Full Spectrum Plants Lights for Indoor Veg and Flower Growing Lamp https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TS82HWB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_3kUrEb53P2GJG I’m looking at this one, any input on it?
@Mrniceguy I was just looking back at my greeting and realized I sounded a little rude. I was at work and didn’t have time to explain what I meant with light comment. Your setup looks good. The light you have will grow cannabis. Like @Dbpooper @MrPeat explained the light is subpar. You definitely need more light for your space and amount of plants. I don’t recommend that you get another light similar to the light you have. If you absolutely can’t afford to upgrade then another light similar to the one you have would help. If you decide to upgrade start looking at light threads and ask questions. Many people have upgraded to Horticultural Light Group. Another Led light that I have is Budget Led. Both of these companies have top flight lights.
Personally I think that would be a great alternative to what you have. Look up hlg 100 and ree what you think though I’m not familiar personally with Spider farmer but have been seeing a lot of positive reviews on them, you may look at Alibaba too but with tariffs and the Coronavirus you might wanna stay away from them lol… I think for 150 that’s way better than your current light. @dbrn32 would you like to chime in sir?
https://horticulturelightinggroup.com/collections/kits/products/135w-qb-v2-rspec-led-kit if you can afford it this is what I would get.
If you’re mechanically inclined you could even build your light cheaper.
What size is your tent actually before I start throwing out too many suggestions lol
By looking at the spec’s on this light it’s probably better than the light you have. I’m always skeptical of anything claiming to be as good as top end product for half the price.
The v1 135 kits were $129 last time I looked. Best deal around imo for light under $150
Tent dimensions are 32”x32”x63”
Sorry for the delay, I’m a new user, so my replies were restricted