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Removed started grow question 4 years ago
You guys think the heavy defoliation was worth it??? Thanks for your responses in advance :pray:
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11 comments · 4 years ago
Week 5
Techniques. Defoliation
CRiSPrGrow answered grow question 4 years ago
hey man , people like to defoliate, but the heavy heavy defoliation like you did I'm not sure about. there's a few proven techniques in defoliation that for sure increase the yield. One is called lollipopping, which is when you remove all the lower leaves so that the energy from the plant is directed to the flowers above, making them bigger and more potent. The other defoliation technique is actually leaving the leaves but removing the small flower nodes lower on the branch because these flowers actually won't get that big, so if you take them off the plant will start to channel the energy on the larger flowers up on the stem. Actually when you defoliate, even one or two leaves, for you it's maybe nothing, but for the plant it is actually high stress training, right? the heavy heavy defoliation you did is for sure going to stress the plant for the next 2-3 weeks, it will be focussing it's energy on survival, and making new leaves. so what's the point ? I cant really find the logic on how that helps the plant cant survive with no leaves, so it will make many leaves again, and i wont focus on anything else. My best advice to you is to wait until you have plenty of leaves back and the plant is bushy again before you flip to the flower mode. Why? because if you flip now , instead of doing a full flower stretch the plant will do half stretch half leaf, and overall it will significantly hurt your final size and therefore yield. I'm guessing you want a big yield right? so that's my best advice, brother. Hope this helps ! :rocket:
HighTV answered grow question 4 years ago
Hey there @LegalGrowZA! Defoliation on Autoflowering plants is always a hot topic for debate, however most people agree that as long as its timed properly(not while entering flower) a little wont hurt to much. Given its regrowth over the last 4 days I would say shes doing fantastic in terms of health, However healthy is not the same as high yields :sweat_smile:! Part of me is afraid the vigorous regrowth over the last 4 days is due to the plant having increased its hormones from entering its flower Stretch. You can very easily see if this is the case over the next 24 hours! If you begin to see Preflowers (calyx/pistils) forming then that means she just entered into the beginning of flower while the plant is still recovering and this will hurt your final yield amounts. However if you do not currently see pistils/calyx and don't see them form over the next 24 hours then you are still in vegetation and in the clear! IF this is the case and you have not started the flowering stretch THEN the last 4 days of growth have been insanely good and shes extremely healthy going into the flower stretch which means it was a good defoliation (more than I would but to each there own)! Hope I helped you resolve this question LegalGrowZA! Feel free to ask me anything else :sunglasses: