Be very careful of any leaf removal: tuck them if you can. Topping can force side branches to develop too which helps with light penetration. I would not do any defoliation until day 21 of flower. Remember the leaves produce the sugars needed to produce flower.
I see you are following Nebula’s manifold technique. I assume you want to keep them at 8 colas. You will need to keep pinching the new growth tips as new leaf nodes develop.
I just posted this photo to my grow journal. I numbered the leaf nodes and where I pinched the growth tips.
@HMGRWN i topped and LSTd this one ( im still learning ). Took this pic this morning, starting week 2 of flip. Im wanting to keep my canopys low due to the ceiling height ( 5.5 ft to HLG 600r and 320xl ) and i need to learn how fim and really grow out instead of up.
@HMGRWN i did just get my first 30 pack of LST clips in the mail yesterday. How long into flower am i ok to LST? Would you go at the base or futher up the branch? Ive got 3 more that need tended to that are taller that i need to spread out, i was just worried since i flipped that i was too late. I was getting staples and clips for the next babies.
Same here last grow HLG 650R I purchased halfway through flowering. I Wasn’t sure what my issues were comin from ( the girls were basically on life support from lack of nutes) so I got a decent light to take that outta the equation. So here we shall try again, my thought is to spread out the upper branches and let the lowest one come up the middle ?!?