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Fimming With My Blaze: A Complete How to FIM Guide

Discussion in 'Advanced Marijuana Cultivation' started by M Blaze, Jun 4, 2009.

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    M Blaze

    M Blaze Well-Known Member

    After seeing and hearing many questions about the FIM method I decided to do a tutorial on this method to show exactly how it is done and the results that can be achieved.

    FIM stands for ''Fuck I Missed'' and im not sure how it got that name because its very simple to do. I use this method all the time to help create a wide canopy with many branches and colas. Some people FIM each plant more than once to create even more colas and branches and it works very well for them and has very minimal stress on the plant.

    I usually FIM plants when they are between 1-2ft tall and it should be done at least 2 weeks before turning to 12/12 to maximise the growth potential of the new shoots and maximise the benefits of using this method.


    #1 Locate the very top of the new growth.

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    #2 With a clean, sterilized scissors, Fold the fan leafs over and cut approximately 80% of the new growth off the plant.

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    #3 This is what it should look like after the cut has been made.

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    #4 View of the Cut section after 2 days growth, showing the 4 new growth shoots (branches)

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    I sometimes dont even use scissors and I just pinch out some of the new growth with my fingers. Heres a few pics of another plant that I pinched with my fingers. This plant has been neglected throughout its short life so far and it has been sitting under a shitty fluro light so it would be doing much better under some decent lighting and better conditions but it gives you an idea of the early progress.



    You can see the dot where the FIM was done.

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    4/6/09 Now you can see how many new shoots have started to form and you can get some idea of how many main branches this plant will have. Remember that this plant has been under a Fluro light so the growth would be even better under some decent lights.

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    This is the difference between FIMming and Topping:

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    Heres a few pics of the later stages of a single FIMming and what it can do.

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    Please add to this if you have any more info or pics of FIMming.
     
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    listo209

    listo209 Member

    Great Rite up :joint:
     
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    JACKMAYOFFER

    JACKMAYOFFER Well-Known Member

    You are my hero MBLAZE I am going to FIM half my crop 35 plants and keep 35 non FIM and compare the 2 pics coming...
     
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    neMMMM

    neMMMM Well-Known Member

    was planning on doing this today, great to see a guide again to make sure i am doing it 100% correct. +rep for the good shit!
     
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    born2killspam

    born2killspam Well-Known Member

    Perfect companion thread to UB's to sticky..
     
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    Ahzweepay

    Ahzweepay Well-Known Member

    Excellent write up - totally takes the mystery outta fimming bongsmilie
     
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    M Blaze

    M Blaze Well-Known Member

    Thanks

    Ill be watching your journal, it will be very interesting to see the difference with that many plants. Keep us updated on their progress.

    Thanks mate, keep us posted on your results.

    Yeah a sticky would be good, I wasnt sure exactly where I should post this which is why I posted it here because of UBs thread. I thought they would go well together.

    Cheers

    Thanks mate, im glad I could help.



    I will post up some more pics soon showing the current progress of the FIMmed plant in my first post.
     
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    M Blaze

    M Blaze Well-Known Member

    Here's some more pics of the previous FIMmed plant and its an Afghan if your wondering what strain it is but I consider any and every strain to do well when FIMmed.


    The red circle is where the original FIM was done. You can see the growth of the new branches and you can also see the new growth that has already started on each new branch. Remember that this plant has just been living in a closet under a shitty fluro just to keep it alive for now but as soon as I harvest my current crop it will have the pleasure of sitting under a 600 watt and then you will see some explosive growth on all the new shoots.


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    This is a closeup of one of the new branches which shows 3 new growth shoots so far:

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    I thought this thread wouldn't be complete if I didn't at least attempt to try and miss a FIM to show you the worst that can happen, so on a new growth shoot on one of the new branches I tried to rip off the new growth as roughly as I could just to give you some idea that it doesn't harm your plant. The new shoot I ripped off is circled and you can see some new growth has started and has just taken its place without any stress on the plant at all. You can also see it in some of the previous pics.

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    MediMary

    MediMary Well-Known Member

    yah.. someone should sticky this.. and close the thread*
    nice for da noobs= )

    peace in much love
    Rep
     
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    M Blaze

    M Blaze Well-Known Member

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    raptor22

    raptor22 Active Member

    I just wanted to say thanks for the FAQ. I experimented with topping a plant this grow, and the topped plant is doing much better than the others, so I am going to give fimming a try next time around.
     
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    Mindmelted

    Mindmelted Well-Known Member

    Thanks M Blaze,Now i understand what people where talking about.Will have to try this with my super silver haze on the next grow.
     
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    born2killspam

    born2killspam Well-Known Member

    Yea, dudes gotta stick around and keep repeating the same things again and again, and again..:) I'll volounteer my understanding of the technique to help, I've outlined it when questions came up in UB's thread..
    And I was going to suggest expanding on the OP to lessen that a bit, but thats done now I suppose, but will need to be done some more I'd bet.. (If a method as simple as topping creates as many questions as UB's thread, all I can say is good luck..:) )
    How predictable are your results anyways.. I've done FIM a few crops, and found it tough to get clearly repeatable results.. I truly understand why they call it 'F.I.M.', but the results I got were never bad.. It was the screen that drove me up the fucking wall.. I gotta hand it to ppl who can scrog like Kalitkitsune etc, that takes alot of talent a patience!!
    Funny thing is I remember from back in the OverGrow.com days that nobody knew what FIM stood for.. The general concensus amongst ppl was that it was designed to make ppl wonder, kind of like John Cooper did with the Cooper 'S' mini engine..
     
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    MediMary

    MediMary Well-Known Member

    ahh I just meant that your digram was so nice.. I didnt think anyone would have question = )
    hehe fuck I missed, thats what I told my girl last night... lol
    j/k = )

    love u guys..
    peace in
     
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    born2killspam

    born2killspam Well-Known Member

    The black backed diagram has been on this site for a while.. I've reposted it in a few threads myself.. Still, questions abound..
     
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    M Blaze

    M Blaze Well-Known Member

    My results have always been consistent but some plants will grow more new shoots than others. Jackmayoffer's thread will be interesting to see because it will be done to half his crop so there will be a lot of plants to compare results. It always works well for me and does what its intended to do which is to create as many new growth shoots as possible with very minimal stress to the plant. The end result is a wider canopy with many colas but some plants will have more colas than others.

    Yes I think I got both diagrams off this site but im not sure who originally posted them.
     
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    born2killspam

    born2killspam Well-Known Member

    Neither am I.. When I saw that pic I tossed it on my hdd though..
     
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    growinman

    growinman Well-Known Member

    This is first class, just like yourself, MR Blaze!! Most definately one of the most clear and easy to follow write-ups(w/pics 2) around!!

    +rep4u!!
     
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    uptosumpn

    uptosumpn Well-Known Member

    See thats what the fuck im talking about!!!! Clear, to the point and well explained! Damm blaze you have taught us well!!! Know i have something else to my techniques of growing to have monster yeilds!!!! Thanks ++rep to ya!
     
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    turtleblood

    turtleblood Member

    THANK YOU! SO useful to have a good explanation with visuals... And explaining exactly the difference between FIMming and topping is great. Now I know when and how I should FIM in the future.

    You said that FIMming 2 weeks before starting 12/12 was best for the potential growth you can get from the plant. What about FIMming many times over an extended veg period? You could essentially grow a tree if you did this, correct? Is that what you do in your grow? I am going back to look now... but thanks for the time you put into this! Very much appreciated!
     

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