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How To Prune Your Marijuana Plants To Grow Huge Buds


Pruning is always done by tomato farmers to increase the yield. The small shoots between the branches and the trunk are removed so all the energy is used to maximize fruit production. But also for marijuana plants it’s very effective to remove these useless shoots so the plant can develop bigger buds. Using this technique you will get a few big, hard and heavy buds instead of many smaller ones.


Pruning is mostly done by professional cannabis growers who wants to yield the maximum amount of weed per square meter. Because there is no energy wasted on the small buds and small leaves the top ones will grow bigger and heavier. The top buds will also get more light because they’re all at the same height. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana plants.

Pruning should only be done during the vegetation stage because the plant needs time to recover and grow big leaves.  Wait at least 3 days after pruning before forcing them into flower. Make sure your marijuana plants are growing again and drink enough water. Go easy on the fertilizers and give them a few days to recover. If you have mastered this technique and do it at the right time it will definitely pay off. No more small and fluffy buds. You will only get big, hard, and heavy marijuana buds.

Check this video and try it with one plant first to see how it reacts before you mess up all your plants.

If you use the SCROG (Screen of Green) method you also have to prune your marijuana plants. Place a screen at 50 cm above your plants. Take the top out of every plant when it’s 10 centimeters from the screen and wait until the new tops grow through the screen. Wait until they grow 10 centimeters through the screen, gently bend them and connect them to the screen. Prune your marijuana plants after the first shoots have grown through the screen. Wait a few days and force them into flowering. During the first two weeks of the flowering phase your marijuana plants will keep growing.

Combine the pruning and the SCROG technique and you can grow 1 gram of marijuana per watt of light. So if you have 1 600watt HPS bulb you should be able to grow 600 grams of cannabis. Temperature, humidity and other factors also have to be right of course.

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Source: ILoveGrowingMarijuana.Com



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Robert Bergman is a master marijuana grower. Robert Bergman is the author of 'Marijuana Plant Care' and 'The Marijuana Grow Bible'.


  1. No the first 2 leaves serve as the plants main source of energy, this is basically an article on topping which is the process of removing the top of the plant to get rid of 1 cola bud and make room for 2 to grow instead.

  2. Dawg kennel kush on

    Fan leaves are important, they help feed the plant, they also tell signs of sickness and lack of nutes……. If fan leaves turn yellow and brittle just pull them off, some yank off most fan leaves a wk b-4 harvest to put everything the plant has into the buds………your trichs should be 80% amber/ 20% milky b4 u harvest……Get a jewlers lobe to check your trichs, most plants take 8wks or more from the time you start seeing the little white hairs to finish……….

  3. Should the first two round leaves be removed at anytime and when the new seedlings are starting to grow, should the small stem be placed under the soil? It seems like we did it that way in my younger days.

  4. The vegetative state uses 18/6 hours of light. To force budding use 12/12. This tricks the plants into thinking that fall (budding season) has come and it’s time to start. Cheers! :)

  5. I have a couple ? if I could plz. I have small plants that’s are already budded and hairs are white and puple but I need to know if and how I need to pull leaves off.and I looked at trycromez but they r clear and milky


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  7. I have just super cropped but not pruned. Plus I was wondering what has to be done to force them to start budding? These plants have been in veg for like two months so I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or not. I also think I’m supposed to change to lower wattage bulbs when I start the flowering process, right? My plants are very healthy…one in like three times taller than the other three so I’m hoping that it’s going to at least be a female….I hope they all are but I just don’t know. First time trying this and just looking for direction….thanks

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