As a grower, you probably want what’s best for your plants and what can bring the best outcome. You may have already heard it, but you can actually put some sort of stress to your plant to bring out the best in it; you can actually push your plants to the limit to bring out something greater! This may sound harsh to the least but a well-controlled stress to your plant will be for the greater good. There are many methods or techniques lying around but in this article, we will focus more on the “Lollipopping Method”.
This specific method takes into account the activities of the plant during its growing stage. The term “lollipopping” came about as the outcome of your plant will look something that of a lollipop. The key idea behind this technique is to reduce the workload of the plant in order for it to focus on some other parts.
As your plants grow, it will branch out mainly upwards and sideward, depending on the regimen for your crops. In general, the key activity of the plant during its growth stage is to maintain nutrients and food all around to promote growth for itself. As stated above, one of the focus or rationales of this method is through observing this specific activity of the plant.
Plants use its resources gathered from the soil and from the light to keep growing. The idea behind lollipopping is to remove some parts of the plant in order to shift the focus of the plant elsewhere when it is supplying itself with the required nutrients.
With this in mind, the lollipopping method is done by removing the bottom of the plant (hence the name as the bottom part would look thin compared to the top). By doing so, the focus of the plant then shifts upward; it no longer uses its energy in supplying for the bottom part and instead gives extra effort in feeding the top part of the plant. Aside from this, it also helps the plant receive the proper amount of light as the bottom parts usually get smaller amounts compared to the top part. This is especially true if the set-up of the plant does not contain any side-lights. Additionally, since the bottom part is generally more spacious, air circulation around the lower areas are also improved which clears out the humidity that can form at that area. This is very beneficial to your plants as it will drive away molds that can be attracted to the humidity.
When should you start lollipop your plants?Since the goal is to shift the focus of the plant, this method is best used during the vegetative stage. Other growers usually lollipop their plants a couple of weeks before the flowering stage as it can take this time to recover from the “shock” that your plants may experience.
Now that you know when, the next step is to learn how. In general, lollipopping is basically snipping away the bottom part of the plant. However, this method can actually be done in two ways namely top to bottom and bottom to up. Top to bottom lollipopping is starting from the top and counting four nodes downwards. The grower will then snip all the parts from there on down. On the other hand, bottom to top is the opposite. This is much lighter compared to the first technique as it leaves a bit more parts than the first. In order to do this, the grower must start from the bottom and snip anything until around a third of the plant is removed.
Lollipopping is just one way to stress your plants into the best that they can be. This method, however, has already been tried and tested and it’s up to you if you want to try it for yourself. (Go try it out, it’s amazing!)