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tdriver started grow question 4 years ago
Hi there .. Is it a good idea to thin out some of the fan leaves during the flowering process, to allow more light into the lower and center parts of the plant?
If so, does this slow down the plant growth in any way?

Thanking you in advance
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23 comments · 4 years ago
Week 8
Techniques. Defoliation
Stick answered grow question 4 years ago
Good idea : if your plant is healthy, if your colas are close from each other, if your lower branches are in the shadow, if your airflow is blocked by some leaves. Bad idea : if your plant is ill / suffering from nutrients deficiency or nutrients-burn, if you remove too much leaves at the same time. Hope everything is going well, keep up the good work and happy harvest!
schmorgastheborg answered grow question 4 years ago
My theory is if they plants are doing well, then there is no problem to fix. They look great, all you will do is add time and stress.

>surface area of leaves = >photosynthesis. Let mother nature run the show if you can.
Removed answered grow question 4 years ago
Yes you can thin it out a bit, which naturally causes some stress and can lengthen flowering a bit depending on how much stress. If you want to play it safe, take a few a day to allow for some recovery time. She maybe wont even notice :)
If you think about it, you're removing a leaf or two to allow light to reach some lower growth which will eventually grow bigger and add leaves and a greater surface area. So I believe it can be good in such situations, especially if your lady seems to be happy.
Carpe_Diem answered grow question 4 years ago
Hey m8 i personally advise to take out any fun leaves that make shadow to lower branches. Of course it stress a little bit the plant because you are taking the reservoirs that strain plant need to grow but if you keep eye on feeding schedule is not a big deal. But in your case is not going to make much diference now because you are about two weeks for harvest.
So next time specially on veg stage think about it.
Hope i could help.
Happy growings :ok_hand::ok_hand:
Smokwiri answered grow question 4 years ago
I do it all the time, and yes, it does slow down growth!
but i like to have all my buds receiving light so i keep doing it. unless it's an auto
DudeGrowsWeed answered grow question 4 years ago
From my experience... yes and yes.

It does help the lower bud sites but also lengthens flowering.
DirtBox answered grow question 4 years ago
Depends on the strain too. Fact is it is not gonna make new fan leaves. You'll get new sugar leaves all right as the bud grows up. You pulling out bigger leaves is asking the plant to perform using smaller lower leaves. Thinning can help with air flow though if circulation/moisture was an issue.

What i realized with auto is you want to keep the foliage on and try not to cut out branches. Better to train the branches and create as large a bud space as possible. In a quick growth might as well get as max a yield as can be got.
Green09Ranger answered grow question 4 years ago
Hi bro! What an awesome grow you have :) You can take some of them of, try to reach for some unhealthy ones if in case.. Maybe if you do some more lst you dont need to cut them of and light could reach the points in need. Leaves are the source of power when it comes to flowering, your plant will be taking from them what she needs to produce nive big buds so you must let the big helathy ones stay. But give it a try, take some out do some training and maybe you could reach the point without so much damage and without slowing things too much :) Keep it up!!
Chameleon answered grow question 4 years ago
The subject of defoliation is a complex one so try looking here
This should give you the info to make a decision !! Hope this helps..
Removed answered grow question 4 years ago
There's no final answer for this, some do it, some don't. I tried it this time around, you are welcome to check my diary.
The idea is to allow light to reach lower leaves and thus promote bud development in the mid-lower region. Light to be useful must reach leaves, not stem, soil or pistils. It also helps to keep humidity down during flower, which can be problematic.
After 21 days of flower (the end of stretch) is a perfect time to do it, you can start light if you are unsure, I did it and didn't notice any ill effect. But careful, you don't want a bald plant with only stems
herewegrow answered grow question 4 years ago
Yes that would be a good idea. Some people recommend doing one heavier round of defoliation right before flowering. I've always done some light defoliation through flowering with no noticeable slowing in growth. Looking good so far and I bet they could really benefit from getting some light to those lower buds!
Jeff123fish answered grow question 4 years ago
Yes it can have a stress like effect if you Defoliate too much at one time but if you start with the largest fan leaves give a few days before removing some more then you won’t have any troubles. And yes doing this will allow more light to the lower parts of the plant improving the bud quality