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Vanilla Gorilla

AK Auto too tall for grow tent

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I have an AK Auto in flower at about week 7 and she is now at 28" but she is getting too tall for the grow tent, she is only 3 inches away from my Mars 300 watt LED and i don't have much more room to go. I read it is not a good idea to top or fim plants in flower, what can i do to reduce the height of the plant? or should i go ahead with topping her?

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Do not top her.   Just bend her over a little bit day by day,  tying her down each time.  

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Look at a technique called supercropping. You can do this to bend the stem at 90 degrees. Choose a point which is high enough up the plant to still be nice and soft and not woody. Pinch the stem a lot and bruise it before you bend it to help avoid snapping it.

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Do the above before watering.  When the dry cycle is complete.

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Just tie it down,  bending the tops over will keep it away from the light and also open up the lower bud sites to the light increasing yield and potency of the lower buds

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I managed to raise the light a few inches, took off the rope ratchet and used a carabiner to secure the mars instead, but i think i will bend and tie her down too for the extra yield. I'll be topping my next grow as i've now realized space is so tight. Bit apprehensive about super cropping her right now, don't want to cause her too much stress in this stage of flower but definitely an option to be considered. Cheers for the valuable input.

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I’ve had to do this with one of my plants. I tied string around the main stem and then bent it over by tying the string to the corner tent pole. 

 

Every day, I release it and tie it another corner. I figured swapping It every day would give the lower branches the same coverage from the light. 

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I ended up 'super cropping' her as delagdo and pheonix advised, i bent her top cola right over, she responded well and the flower/buds on that cola have lifted up well.

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