I understand that manifolding is simply topping a plant twice. I took my most recent 2 plants and topped them once and FIMed them once, which is similar since they’re both HST and take some recovery time. I was still able to flip them at 7 weeks.
Every time I’ve HSTed a plant it took about 5 days for the plant to recover and show vigorous growth again. The one exception I’ve experienced is with supercropping. Every time I’ve supercropped a plant it would just kept on trucking like nothing had happened.
The few days wait is worth it, imo. I’ve got 2 girls in flower now and I hope to get between 4 and 6 colas off of each (as opposed to 1.) That’s worth 10 days of wait time to me.
Here are my current girls. They look small, but they’ll produce. I put a lot of light on my plants and it produces short, dense plants. They are really compact, so I defoliate and train quite a bit.