How to FIM Your Marijuana Plant
I personally recommend FIMing over topping, it is less traumatic to the
plant (barely slows down growth), causes 4 main nodes in one cut, and
seems to cause the plant to grow bushier than topping.
FIM marijuana example picture diagram
FIMing (Pinching) Your Marijuana Plant
As pictured here, after FIMing your marijuana plant should have a
"mowed’ topFIM stands for “F*ck I Missed” referring to the fact that
it’s like topping your plant, only you’re taking off about 20% less,
leaving a “mowed top” as pictured at right.
This is also often refered to as “pinching” the top of the plant.
To FIM the plant, you simply pinch off the newest growth, or cut
just the tips of the newest growth off, making sure to leave a bit behind.
This is much less traumatic to the plant and will cause your plant
to grow 4 main nodes. FIMing causes the plant to grow very bushy,
and the other nodes will becomes strengthened just like when topping.
After your marijuana plant has been FIMed, expect the new leaves that
were pinched to look a bit weird when they grow in
I personally recommend FIMing over topping, it is less traumatic to
the plant (barely slows down growth), causes 4 main nodes in one cut,
and seems to cause the plant to grow bushier than topping.
The only time I ever top the plant is when I want to really slow down
the growth of the plant (when it’s getting out of control tall, or
you’re trying to slow her down compared to other plants). Even then,
I feel that defoliation is the most effective way to slow down height
Be warned, when FIMing your plant, the leaves you pinch off will
look a bit weird when they grow in.
Topping your marijuana plants seems to be the new trend among advanced growers. The theory behind topping is to hopefully substantially increase the yield of the plant by creating more of the large and coveted “cola buds.” Topping should always be done during the vegetative cycle, as soon as the clones are showing good root structure. This process should never be repeated more than twice per clone.
To top a plant, you are just basically cutting off the tallest shoot of your marijuana plant. The best place to make this cut is just below the last fully developed node. This will make the plant more bushy in appearance and allow the light to penetrate deeper into the plant, in turn developing more quality buds and a larger yield.
It is important to note that topping will add additional time to your grow, but the end results should make the extra week or two worth it. Also not all strains take too kindly to topping. Some indicas just take too long to grow, and may add up to an additional month or longer on your turnaround time. If time is of the essence, you will have to decide if the longer grow time is worth the extra yield…
I hope this helps you
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