Lollipopping: The Secret to Maximizing Cannabis Yields
Hello there, green-thumbed enthusiasts! Grab a coffee, lean back in your comfy chair, and put your learning cap on. Today, we’re plunging into the fascinating, not to mention highly effective, world of ‘lollipopping’ in cannabis cultivation. Now, keep your sweet tooth at bay! We aren’t talking about those irresistible, colorful candies but a technique that…
Written by Nenad Nikolic
Date: 2023-07-12 11:01:23
Understanding Lollipopping Technique
Lollipopping: A word that makes you think of a sweet treat and a jolly good time, doesn’t it?
However, in cannabis cultivation, it’s a simple yet revolutionary pruning technique that’s making waves. And here’s how it works.
Imagine giving your weed plant a new hairstyle.
You’re trimming off the lower foliage, shaping the plant, and letting the top growth and bud sites untouched.
And voila, you end up with a plant that looks like a candy and is more efficient and productive.
The idea here is to divert your plant’s energy and resources to the top bud sites while improving the light penetration.
It is about strategic defoliation, leaving the plant resembling a candy stick.
It’s quite a sight, believe me!
Benefits of Lollipopping
Akin to a gardener’s magic wand, it brings many benefits to the table.
By removing the lower leaves and branches, you’re helping the plant divert resources to the more productive colas.
Light and air can penetrate the plant more effectively, and the buds at the top of the plant flourish, giving you higher yields.
Moreover, this pruning method reduces the risk of mold and fungal infections.
It’s an easy breeze, as better air circulation is maintained within the plant structure.
What we’re left with is a healthy, productive, and, dare I say, happier plant!
As much as lollipopping sounds like a fun, carefree endeavor, it does require a good understanding of the process.
So, let’s unravel this sweet mystery and learn the how-tos of this pruning method.
Timing and Considerations
If timing is everything in comedy, it’s doubly so in lollipopping marijuana plants.
Just like you wouldn’t trim your Christmas tree in June, you must be mindful about when to lollipop your cannabis plant.
The best time is right before switching the plants to the flowering stage.
However, if your plant is shooting for the stars and growing out of control, you might have to intervene during veg stage.
That said, if you notice excessive growth or thick canopies, it’s time to bring out the pruning shears.
Another crucial consideration here is the type of grow lights you’re using.
Different lights penetrate plant canopies to varying degrees, so tailor your lollipopping efforts accordingly.
Tools and Techniques
With the right timing decided, it’s time to arm yourself with the right tools.
Now, don’t go reaching for the chainsaw just yet.
You only need sharp scissors or pruning shears, preferably sterilized, to keep infections at bay.
Once armed, it’s time to choose your method: top-down or bottom-up lollipopping.
As the names suggest, the top-down method involves pruning from the top part of the plant to all the way down, while the bottom-up method starts from the bottom of the plant.
Either way, remember to leave no more than three nodes from the tip of each branch.
Maximizing Lollipopping Results
So, you’ve done the lollipop dance, and your plants look like sculptures in a topiary garden.
The question that arises now is, “How do I make the most out of my lollipopping efforts?”
Well, fear not, dear grower, for I have just the tips and strategies that will amplify your results.
First off, let’s talk about strain selection.
This decision is akin to choosing the right kind of candy for your lollipop.
While all marijuana strains can benefit from this method, the type of strain you choose will interact differently with other pruning methods used.
However, autoflowers can be sensitive to high-stress techniques, so tread lightly.
Secondly, be mindful of canopy management.
Imagine your plant is an umbrella.
The aim is to create an even canopy, ensuring that all the bud sites get an equal share of the light in the flowering.
This way, you’re not only creating a pictures of plant that would make Van Gogh weep, but you’re also facilitating maximum light penetration.
As a bonus, you’ll also have improved air circulation, which will help control pests and mold.
Lastly, it’s all about recovery time.
It’s crucial to remember that lollipopping, though beneficial, is a stress for your plants.
After a good trim, your plant will need some time to heal and bounce back.
Generally, recovery from lollipopping takes about a week.
You must treat your plants like royalty during this flowering period, providing them with the optimum environment to recuperate.
The resilience of your plants will also reflect in the potency and terpene profiles of your harvest, adding a cherry on top of your cake.
Combining Lollipopping with Other Techniques
Alright, you’ve got your game strong, but why stop there?
This technique, in combination with other training techniques, is like a secret weapon in your cannabis cultivation arsenal.
Consider it as the main ingredient in a recipe for success.
One popular technique that complements this one is Low Stress Training (LST).
LST can help create an even surface and expose those hidden bud sites to light by gently bending and tying down branches.
It’s like organizing a meet and greet between your buds and your grow lights.
This techniques pair perfectly as both aim to enhance light penetration and promote a higher yield.
Similarly, Super Cropping and lollipopping can be the Batman and Robin of your garden.
Super Cropping involves carefully injuring the plant to encourage bushier growth and more bud sites.
The plant responds by producing harder, denser buds.
This technique, combined with lollipopping, ensures all that bushy growth gets the light it needs.
Now, let’s talk about Screen of Green (Scrog) and Sea of Green (SOG) setups.
Picture these techniques as a training boot camp for your plants.
Scrog uses a screen to keep plants short and well spread, efficiently using space and light.
In contrast, SOG involves growing many small plants instead of a few big plants, resulting in a uniform green surface.
When you lollipop cannabis plants in these setups, you allow every inch of that screen or sea to soak up the light and produce the chunky buds we all love.
Addressing Controversies and Concerns
Now, we can’t talk about lollipopping cannabis plants without addressing the elephant in the room.
There’s many growers who disagree with this training method due to the potential energy loss and formation of ‘popcorn’ buds.
But here’s the tea: Properly performed it can dramatically increase yields. It’s a game of strategy, and knowing when and how much to trim makes all the difference.
Remember, folks; there’s no one-size-fits-all in gardening, let alone cannabis cultivation.
Just like different desserts appeal to different palates, different cannabis cultivation techniques appeal to different marijuana growers.
So, to lollipop or not to lollipop?
That, my friends, is a question only your plants can answer.
Listen to them, and they’ll guide you to the sweet spot.
There you have it, folks!
Your comprehensive guide to the art of this technique.
May your cannabis plants grow strong, your buds flourish, and your yields reach new highs!
Happy growing! 🍭🌿
What is Lollipopping?
Lollipopping is a pruning technique that involves removing the lower growth of the plant to improve growth and maximize yields.
When should you start lollipopping?
It is typically performed right before the switch to the flowering stage.
Is it OK to lollipop Autoflowers?
Yes, although caution should be used as auto flowering plants have a shorter vegetative period and less recovery time.
What are the lollipopping techniques?
The two main techniques are top-down lollipopping and bottom-up, both of which can be effective depending on the specific circumstances.
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Written by Nenad Nikolic
Date: 2023-07-12 11:01:23
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