@omacoder I wouldn’t read to much into the naysayers… this has been done successfully in the grobo. See barbs grows…
@DanTom he took off the right amount and stripped what needed stripping. “Manifolding” is a different technique to than just topping. I encourage oma for stepping outside of the comfort zone of cookie cutter grows in the hopes he can have a better yield. There are a lot of positives to this (space, light, better management, more fun with your plant, even canopy from early growth training) and the same dangers as standard topping and hoping… a lot of bad info gets regurgitated here. My two manifolds were done exactly like this and I ended up with over 300 grams of cannabis (tent - soil).
I count the bottom leaf/node so you had 6, more than enough to start the manifold. 5 is good, 6 is fine too.
Train early, train often. T’s not Y’s. Assuming you’re following the nugbuckets model. To save space you can opt to cut node one (as seen in pics) <\/> which will compact the grow, but will require more training than toping 1&3 while removing the 2nd. Doing it this way saves more space, but the tips don’t grow in the ideal directions. 1-3 will help with uniformity as the tops will grow in the same direction.
Just remember give your plant 10-14 days of recovery time before you decide to flip to flower. This means 14 days of no stress prior to 12/12. We don’t want herms…
While topping continues I always leave the last set of fan leafs. Once you get to 8 tops you can opt to remove the bottom fan leaves. You’ll also want to aim for a much higher RH value than 45 in veg. A lot of differing opinions on RH. Mine - I aim for 70-80% RH in veg. 40% is where you want flowering stage to be
Excited for you!