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    What is the FIM pruning technique?

    One reason to prune is to increase yield or lower plant profile by topping the plants grow tips. The traditional method involves removing the entire growth point but there are now other methods such as the FIM which can dramatically affect the appearance of the plant and perhaps increase yield by increased branch stucture.

    To increase yeilds and maximize space, many farmers "top" their plants-snip off the top bud. Tradionally, topping your plant causes two shoots to grow back in place on the one pruned off, thus increasing the number of top/main buds. Well thanks to a loyal reader, we've topped that.

    This tip came to me by snail mail from South Carolina, With a diagram and a name for this technique. The letter says, "I discovered by accident a pruning technique that all growers should know about". As I read his letter, I remembered that the same thing had happened to me many times and I never took notice. I too occasionally got up to five or six new shoots growing from what I thought was a sloppy topping attempt.

    Diagram A shows the tradional method of topping: cutting the whole node off cleanly, to induce the stalk to split into two. But diagram B indicates to make the cut below the center of the node, leaving about 10% intact. This is the key, because the vegetation left behind has cells that are rapidly dividing in many different directions. This can lead to as many as EIGHT tops from a single pruning.

    The contributor did not give their name, but requests this be called the "FIM" technique. He also adds, "this pruning technique could revolutionize indoor gardening"

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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    Where are the Diagrams?

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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    Found them in another thread.

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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    this tech has been around a long time. people here use it to encourage bushing in mother plants so they produce hundreds of cuttings. for budding though, having eight tips per branch isn't nessicarily good as they tend to crowd each other out and produce a number of smaller buds. i prefer advancing one stem with five to seven leaders per square foot of growing area. i find this ratio gives top results .
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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    where did u find the diagrams?

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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    All I can tell you is that it was a thread by Moose. If I can find it again I'll let you know.

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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    can anyone show me Where the Diagrams are ?

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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    Ok smart guys, pop quiz time, what does "FIM" actually stand for?
    Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum- "If You Seek Peace, Prepare For War."

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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    Oh oh, oh damn
    m is for method , I remember that much

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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaMagoMan View Post
    Oh oh, oh damn
    m is for method , I remember that much
    Nope, actually it isn't.
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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    It stands for, "Fuck I missed" - seriously.

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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smokin Moose View Post
    It stands for, "Fuck I missed" - seriously.
    Moose wins!
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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    no shit!
    Learn somethin' New every Day

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    Re: What is the FIM pruning technique?

    Love it!
    Especially what "FIM" actually stands for

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