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MonteVerde

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Hi. Noob here. Appreciate all of the help, I’ve gotten through half of this forum.
I am still confused about where to top. I’ve seen all the diagrams, so I thought I should top right above the fourth node, counting from the dirt, but in one of these threads, I read that the first set of leaves after the cotlydons doesn’t count as a node. Can someone enlighten me? First grow, have a OG Kush, Bubblegum, and Jack Herer, all autos, in a Mars 2x2. Day nine. I know that is too many plants for the tent. Didn’t expect them all to germ. Might top at node 3 to keep em smaller footprint.

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I go at the 5th because it gives me the option of trimming lower, overcrowded, under proforming branches. Basically, whereever you can get a clean cut at 18 days of healthy growing.
 

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I'm a noob, only topped 4 times so far. I like the results and intend to continue topping every grow. I've been following the advice about ignoring the first set of single-lobe leaves and counting the next as node 1. It seems to be a good rule, because the branches that grow out of the first set of leaves (node zero?) don't seem to grow enough to catch up with the others. I've topped each time above the 4th node, and each time wound up with 8 colas in a flat canopy (journal link below). I hope you will journal your grow, I'd like to follow!
 

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I've been following the advice about ignoring the first set of single-lobe leaves and counting the next as node 1
It is not good advice. More often than not one of those first pair is the most solid branch for example this Think Big, one of those branches was skinny but the other one was one of the largest. Sure there may be times when it’s good to remove them but you do yourself and the plant an injustice of if you take it gospel

unless you mean the node at the cotyledon leaves
 

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I go at the 5th because it gives me the option of trimming lower, overcrowded, under proforming branches. Basically, whereever you can get a clean cut at 18 days of healthy growing.
Thanks. That way I can pick and choose which to keep.
 
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