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ABetterPlace started grow question 3 years ago
Is it too early to defoliate some of the fan leaves? I have some that sit on top of the Cocoa Coir and would like to know if removing the lower leaves would have a negative impact. Thanks :)
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10 comments · 3 years ago
Week 4
Leaves. Tips - Thick
The_Projexx answered grow question 3 years ago
I'd say its fine to remove a few fan leaves in order to open up your plant more . Although its a bit early for that so I wouldn't go ham on that I would only remove the bare needed ones . You might also want to consider a way of training your ladies to open them up more maybe some LST or even you could top them and that would make the little tops shoot up . I would Start by removing the leaves that are touching the soil first this way it helps prevent any unwanted intruders to your plant as well as the plant well think its being grazed and will grow abit more in order to recover . Over all your well on your way to getting some kick ass medicine! I hope this information helps you to understand your options ! -Happy Growing!
Mrs_Larimar answered grow question 3 years ago
Hi, first thing i see if i look at your Girls is, that the Ndes are very near together, having fewspace between the Nodes. That is a sign that your Lights are to strong/ to near to the Ladies. I would recommend to rise the LIght, that they have to strech a little for the LIght and build Space between the NOdes. If they have stretched you see what can be taken away.... Happy growing. For more Questions feel free to ask per PM or in the Comments
Removed answered grow question 3 years ago
The first thing that you need to consider when defoliating is that every time you do it, you will delay the development of the plant a week. Second, the idea behind defoliating is to expose lower leaves that are feeding lower shoots, and to avoid wet leaves due a too packed foliage.
That been said, it is recommended that the first time is done around day 21 since breaking soil and then 2 weeks later, letting it recover 1 week and then switch to 12/12. The idea is to pluck those fat fan leaves so the light reaches some of the lower leaves that are feeding lower shoots. The lower leaves will eventually dry up naturally as the newer foliage shades them, you can pluck them now or later it will not matter much either way; I prefer to leave them, they function as an early warning against deficiencies. After switching it is ill adviced to defoliate during the preflower phase, wait until day 21 and then let the plant recover and make bud sites, you can defoliate one final time at day 45. Also You might want to leave 1 plant with no defoliation just to see if it really helps or not yield wise. Some LST to open up the plant really helps and so is TOPing or FIMing.