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Ak_keith started grow question 4 years ago
My fan leaves seem very large which,to me, translates to a healthy plant. Should I be pulling these large healthy leaves or is it a bit early to defoilate?
16 weeks
Atomic Ak_keith
21 comments · 4 years ago
Week 5
Techniques. Defoliation
mad_scientist answered grow question 4 years ago
Hello @Ak_keith ! The point of defoliation is to increase the light penetration and air circulation. Since at this point your canopy doesn't seem to thick i wouldn't do anything but in about a week you will definitely need to cut some leaves. More leaves certainly doesn't mean more photosynthesis especially when these leaves are at the bottom of the plant and don't receive any light. Except of that there are other factors that limits the photosynthesis rates like the co2 quantity the light intensity and the limits that rubisco enzyme sets ( an enzyme responsible for co2 fixation to energy ). Happy growing ! :facepunch:
Mrs_Larimar answered grow question 4 years ago
4 Growers 4 Answers^^ thats Life. I wont defoilate before you see Lil flowers. More Leaves mean more feeding support by Photosynthesis. In that stage i would only pick the leaves who block the Light to the Flowers( where you can see it.) She is a wonderful healthy plant . go on that track.. happy growing
Stick answered grow question 4 years ago
Hi @Ak_keith! I would wait for the plant to enter flowering stage before doing a serious defoliation. All you want in veg stage is node development and new side-growth, leaves are the main way to get the energy for these tasks. Once you trigger flowering by changing your light schedule, you can defoliate in order for the bud-sites to get the maximum light. If you really want to defoliate now, do it slightly and remove only 2~3 main fan leaves at a time. Hope this will help, keep us up-to-date and happy growing :facepunch:
CRiSPrGrow answered grow question 4 years ago
hey Keith, lots a folks don t realise this but simple defoliation is actually a HST for a plant. Logically more leaves equals more energy for the plant. I would avoid any leaf plucking unless the leaves are in contact with the walls or something else in your grow room. End of the day we all pluck leaves, but in my opinion it's more risky than folks let on and really has marginal benefits. if you do do it you're at the right stage in your plant's evolution - so go for it and enjoy ! :rocket:
DudeGrowsWeed answered grow question 4 years ago
It’s not too early to defoliate. She’s a nice looking little bush! Go ahead and defoliate now. Remove the large fan leaves blocking light getting to the bud sites. Good luck!