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Hey DGC,  I’m looking for everyone’s advice regarding topping.

I always top my plants at about the fifth node to ideally end up with a Bush that has ten tops.  Somewhere along the line I decided that topping promotes a bushier plant and a more even canopy.  I’m about to top a new round of plants but I’m second guessing this technique.

I’ve recently seen growers suggest topping should be avoided especially when ‘pheno hunting’ / growing from seed.

What are the downsides of topping?  Could the stress cause herms?  Does the change in the plants hormone balance caused by topping mess with the quality/rooting time of cuttings taken from said plant?

Thanks for your opinions✌🏻