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Fimming vs Topping: Which is Better?

Fimming and topping cannabis plants are both cutting methods used by cannabis growers to improve the shape of the plant (so they can better access light), induce the growth of more colas (flowering sites) and, ultimately, harvest bigger yields.

But which is the best method for training your plants?

Here we will go over the pros and cons of each technique to help you make your decision.

Topping is better for:

• Beginners
• Controlling the shape of your plant
• Prettier plants

Fimming is better for:

• Small-scale growers
• Producing more colas
• Causing less stress to your plants

Both of these techniques are essentially methods of pruning your cannabis plants in order to get bushier plants and better results come harvest time. Topping and fimming are known as ‘high-stress training techniques’ (HST) and are often used in indoor growing as a means of helping plants make the most of the light source.

‘Topping’ refers to the technique of cutting off the top of the plant in between the nodes. On the other hand, ‘Fimming’ is the process of removing new growths but avoiding cutting between the nodes.

While pretty similar, these techniques do produce slightly different effects and often growers have a preferred technique.

What are the Pros and Cons of Topping?

Topping is the recommended HST for those that are beginners to growing as it is very easy to undertake and will give you some great results.

All you need to do is wait until your plant has grown a minimum of 3 nodes and then cut off the newest node – cutting just above where the leaves of the node underneath are. This will lead to 2 colas growing in the place of the 1 you cut off – giving you 2 for the price of 1!

This is a quick and easy technique which will not only increase the number of colas you produce but also help your plant to grow bushier and healthier.

Topping will also help to control the shape of your plants, making them less like a Christmas tree and more able to be exposed to more light – this is especially important if you are growing indoors to make the most of your grow lights.

This is a pretty successful technique but the one con of topping is that it might take a bit of time to work up the courage to take a scissor to your plants – but it will be worth it for those bigger yields.

What are the Pros and Cons of Fimming?

Fimming is pretty similar to topping but this technique will produce even more colas so is a good choice if you just have a couple of plants growing in order to achieve maximum productivity.

It is also pretty easy and hard to get wrong so, while a technique favored by more advanced growers, you can still try it out as a beginner. Simply wait until you have at least 3 nodes on your plant and then pinch the leaves of the most recent node with your finger and thumb.

After a few weeks of the fimming taking place, you will be blessed with at least 4 new colas and it will help your plant to grow bushier.

However, fimming it isn’t as effective as topping at reducing the height of your plants and, as it isn’t as ‘stressful’ to plants as topping, it might not always achieve the desired effect.


Deciding between high-stress training techniques for your cannabis plants isn’t easy. Generally speaking, topping is the best technique if you are wanting to manipulate the shape of your plants so that they can absorb more light, and fimming is better for producing more colas and a quicker recovery time for your plants.

The good news is that not a lot can go wrong with either topping or fimming so why not experiment and give them both a try to see what works best for you?

Both are great for increasing yields so we recommend that you definitely try a high-stress training technique as part of your growing routine.



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’SuperSoil’ Compost Mix is a modified version of the popular SubCool recipe. It is ideal for lining the bottom half (½) of the pot, and using regular potting mix for the remaining volume of the pot. The idea behind ‘SuperSoil’ is that in mimicking the richness and diversity of a well-established rhizosphere you should never have to adjust the pH or deal with nutrient imbalances.

‘SuperSoil’ has been made to provide more than enough nutrients for your crop, so that it can be grown entirely with (tap) water. Through the use of nutrient dense amendments like Guano, Blood ‘n’ Bone and Dolomite, it is able provide enough nutrients for your plants needs in just the bottom half of the pot!

Note: ‘SuperSoil’ is a type of ‘Hot’ compost, meaning that you should never allow a plant’s roots to be touching ‘SuperSoil’ when transplanting.*

What You’ll Need To Finish The Recipe:

To complete the recipe, cut 25L of ‘SuperSoil’ Compost Mix with 25L of Peat Moss or Coco Coir and 20L of Aeration ingredient (Pumice/Scoria/Rice Hulls/Perlite) resulting in approximately 70L of final ‘SuperSoil’.

Oyster Shell Flour

Freshly ground oyster shells are composed of approximately 96% Calcium Carbonate, with the remainder being trace elements, kelp and microbes. Oyster shell flour not only releases calcium and trace element, but is also a liming agent, improves tilth, provides favourable conditions for microbial activity, stimulating enzyme activity and increasing Cationic Exchange Capacity (CEC).

Oyster shell flour is a very special component of our compost blends because the slow release calcium helps to increase the structural integrity of plants, promote new growth and increase resistance to disease by facilitating the movement of heavy macro-molecules around the plant.

Oyster Shell also contains Chitin which is beneficial to the plants immune system when converted into chitosan by an enzyme released from the plant (chitanase).


When used as a soil amendment Bokashi invites a galaxy of beneficial bacteria and fungi that result in increased yields and healthier plants via probiotic effects in the soil. In addition, they hasten the breakdown of amendments and transport them to the plant as part of a symbiotic relationship, and help to ward off nematodes and other invaders, among many other benefits.


BioChar is a special type of agricultural charcoal that is high in carbon content. The mechanisms of action are not fully understood, however it is suspected that it works by increasing the amount of sequestered carbon available to the plant. BioChar assists in purifying toxic heavy metals in the water/soil, providing both water retention and aeration, as well as an environment for microbes to inoculate. For this reason, you’ll see greater benefits from BioChar over time, making it an ideal amendment for NoTill conditions.

By using sustainably grown hardwood the BioChar in mixes it routinely tests at 89 to 93% carbon, compared to cotton gin waste or sugarcane bagasse which can be as low as 10% (10% carbon is still allowed to be called BioChar by international standards).

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Malted Barley Grains are an exceptionally rich source of microbes, with a wide range of bacteria, filamentous fungi and yeasts colonising the area between the husk and the pericarp which produce biologically significant levels of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), a hormone that promotes cell division and is essential for the proper development of plant organs. The grain functions in the mix as a source of growth hormone catalysts, facilitating explosive growth.

Kelp Meal

Kelp Meal is mild source of Nitrogen and Phosphorus and Potassium (1-0.5-3), and is a source of trace minerals, amino acids, plant micro-nutrients and natural plant hormones. These hormones are specifically noted to reduce stress associated with transplant and heat shock, which in turn will allow your plants to grow quicker and transition more smoothly after transplants.

Neem Cake

Neem Cake provides a fantastic source of NPK with values of 4-2-2 respectively. Furthermore there are several molecules in neem cake such as Azadirachtin, Salannin and Nimbin which provide integrated pest management to your garden, acting as an antifeedant for over 200 species of insects.

Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt provides the ‘SuperSoil’ with Magnesium, which is necessary for Calcium uptake; as well as Sulphur which is not only the most important element for flavour, but also plays a vital role in nitrogen fixation (is present in the important nitrogenase enzymes which contain a Fe-Mo-S cluster) and is used as a catalyst. Sulphur is also involved in proper function of the immune system of plants via having ample glutathione to combat oxidation stress.

Dolomite Lime

Dolomite acts to counter the soil pH dropping (caused by microbes) and thus can be thought of as a pH buffer. It also provides another source of both Ca and Mg.


Azomite is a trace element source, conditioning agent and also helps plants better absorb nutrients from soil. The rare earth elements present in Azomite enhance nitrogen fixation by Azotobacter species, which bind atmospheric nitrogen and release it as ammonium ions into the soil. Further, the Azomite present in our Super Soil acts to reduce stress caused by drought by enhancing Abscisic acid (ABA) production, in turn minimizing the water lost by a plant in transpiration.

Blood ‘n’ Bone Meal

Blood ‘n’ Bone Meal is high in Calcium, Nitrogen, Phosphorus (8-5-1). It improves soil microbial activity and promotes worm growth and development by providing available organic material. The rich Nitrogen content gives plant the building blocks they need to handle intense growth during both the vegetative and bloom phases.

Humic and Fulvic Acids

Humic and Fulvic acids are organic polymers which coordinate and chelate with macro-molecules/metals, and assist in facilitating uptake. They also act to neutralise soil pH, allowing trace elements to become available to the plant. Through the use of Humic and Fulvic acids you will notice increased gains in plant growth, their general appearance and the flavour and size of the harvest.


Guano which acts to strengthen the plants stems, stimulate soil microbes, improve soil structure as well as providing a powerful phosphorus source to allow maximum fruit development. Through the use of the extra sulfur flavours are simply unbelievable!

Keep in mind you will have to bake the soil for it to become a compost.




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