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Fall Grow. A touch of everything

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5 days ago
Indoor
Room Type
Soilless
Medium
LST
week 7
Topping
week 7
Main-Lining
week 7
Defoliation
week 7
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Fall Grow. A touch of everything week 11
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Fall Grow. A touch of everything week 11.
Grow Conditions
Week 11
Flowering
45.72
inch
cm
Height
18
inch
cm
Height
12 hrs
Light Schedule
27
°F
°C
Day Air Temperature
80
°F
°C
Day Air Temperature
6.1
pH
700
mS/cm
PPM
TDS
1.4
mS/cm
PPM
EC
65%
Air Humidity
Weak
Smell
20
°F
°C
Solution Temperature
68
°F
°C
Solution Temperature
20
°F
°C
Substrate Temperature
68
°F
°C
Substrate Temperature
21
°F
°C
Night Air Temperature
70
°F
°C
Night Air Temperature
0.79
gal
l
Pot Size
3
gal
l
Pot Size
35.56
inch
cm
Lamp To Plant Distance
14
inch
cm
Lamp To Plant Distance
450 PPM
CO₂ Level
0.32
gal
l
Watering Volume Per Plant Per 24h
1.2
gal
l
Watering Volume Per Plant Per 24h
Nutrients
Commented by MRTHC MRTHC
5 days ago

.... Really good week but the work continues. The stretch is on. The 2 ladies on the extreme left has a proper stretch going on. It may be due to those are the girls I mainlined or it could be the blurple lights that both of them are under. Still removing some of the thick lower growth below the netting. its think but i remove just a little everynight for a gentle reduction in foliage. Not pictured here but on Day 12 white hairs were beginning to show. A few issues with high humidity during lights on or high heat when the dehumidifier is on. No strain specific smells as yet. Huge difference observed between the mainlined strains ( Orange Sherbert and Green Gelato) and the other LST strains in the tent. The stems of the mainlined strains tend to be fatter and there is a significant reduction on foliage on the mainlined strains. The LST strains (Blue Gelato 41 and the Vanilla Kush) are more bushy, squat with heavy foliage. Also not so much as a long stretch.

Grow Questions
MRTHC week 10 started grow question 2 weeks ago
I've had a real issue with defoliation. Not really sure how much leaves to remove without causing harm to the plant. Where should I start and what is a good procedure to follow.
Other General Questions
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Mad_at_sun answered grow question 6 days ago
Hey @MRTHC, I have been struggling with the same thing with my current grow. My girls have been super bushy from the get go. At first my research pointed me towards defoliation. Clearing out the excessive fan leaves that were covering up bud sites would expose them to light and airflow. Makes sense right?

I've ended up doing 2 defoliations for my first grow so far (check out my diary). I did the 1st round around week 5 of Veg and the 2nd round at the end of the 1st week of flower. Each time was super stressful as a first time grower. Mainly because I had no idea how much to remove, where to remove it from or even how the plants would respond.

Fortunately, both times my plants recovered. All that being said, I likely won't be incorporating defoliation as a technique in my future grows.

After the last round I didn't see the positive changes I expected so I decided to do some more research into the science behind it. Turns out that there really hasn't been many (if any) clear cut studies of people testing it against a control to see it's impact on yields.

Long story short, there are a few reasons to consider not defoliating. The biggest one for me was understanding the leaves are acting as solar panels collecting energy for the plant. Each leaf collects energy for the plant as a whole, not just the bud site the leaf is connected to. That along with the fact that the actual buds don't collect light like the leaves. Those two things alone disproved my original logic behind defoliation which was exposing those buds so they could get more light and removing extra leaves to free up the energy wasted on growing them.

Sorry for the super long response but wanted to give you some insight into my very similar experience. For some more food for thought on the subject check out this article https://www.cocoforcannabis.com/community/photons_corner/to-defoliate-or-not-to-defoliate/.

Bottom line, if you do decide to go for it, do it very selectively and over a period of days to minimize plant stress. Anything more than 25% runs the risk of stressing them too much. Hope all of this helps or at the very least gives you a few things to consider on the subject!
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LaBOSSANOVA
LaBOSSANOVA week 11

hey there, hope i answered your question , anything else you need just drop me a message :facepunch:

MRTHC
MRTHC

@LaBOSSANOVA, hey thanks again for the input. I myself think I'll be leaving most of the on. I'll be very selective. Looked at your grows. Impressed