Lollipopping is a technique used in the cultivation of marijuana plants to encourage them to grow more densely packed, high-quality buds. It involves removing the lower, less productive growth on the plant, leaving only the upper, more productive growth. This technique is often used in conjunction with topping, which involves cutting off the top growth tip (called the apical meristem) of the plant to encourage the growth of new branches.
Lollipopping is typically done when the plant is in the flowering stage, as this is when it is producing the most buds. To lollipop a plant, the grower will remove any small or poorly developed buds, as well as any leaves that are not receiving direct light. This can help to improve the overall appearance of the plant and increase the yield of high-quality buds. It can also help to improve airflow and light penetration to the lower parts of the plant, which can promote better overall growth.
Lollipopping can be a useful technique for growers who want to maximize the yield and quality of their plants. However, it is important to be careful not to stress the plant too much, as this can lead to reduced yields or other problems. It is also important to be aware that lollipopping can alter the natural growth patterns of the plant, and may not be suitable for all strains or growing conditions.