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Removed started grow question 3 years ago
Should i defoliate more now 31 days into flower? im constantly tucking leaves under buds to get more light to the buds but i dont know if the buds would benefit more from just plucking the leaf instead of tucking......to be or not to be...to pluck or to tuck haha sorry stoner :)
Multi-Strain Hempy Bucket
7 weeks
Multi-Strain Hempy Bucket Lowhelium
+3 strains
12 comments · 3 years ago
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Week 4
Techniques. Defoliation
HighTV answered grow question 3 years ago
Howdy @Lowhelium to put it simply, no you should not do a noticeable amount of defoliation now only a little bit if need be! (tucking is better right now) There is an art to understanding how much to defoliate and if you can understand it then some defoliation right now is perfectly fine, however if you do a little to much if could hurt the final products weight. The plants goal is to make smelly buds to attract insects and animals carrying pollen and sticky buds to collect pollen from the air. First they create leaves/bud sites - then they create smelly/sticky buds with them. If you defoliate to much the plant thinks its under attack and fights for survival by making more leafs and budsites. However if you defoliate the right amount the plant will aggressively work towards making smelly/sticky buds with the sites/leaves it still has. Its an art and every strain reacts differently at different stages in their life cycles. Most people agree to avoid defoliation in the first 3 weeks of flower. I hope that helps! :sunglasses:
Experimentgreen answered grow question 3 years ago
To Pluck or not to Pluck...that is the question. :wink::joy: I think looking over the whole plant and pulling a few leaves that are really causing a dhadow isn't a problem. Its when you get in there like the mad weed whacker and take away more than you can afford to lose. The plant needs leaves..but not an excessive amount built up everywhere. So just pluck wisely :v:
Removed answered grow question 3 years ago
That's a personal choice, While I do not heavy defoliate, I do pluck leaves to increase airflow and reduce excess humidity in the canopy, else I find wet spots on leaves and even some buds, just don't do it until the stretch is done. Just do a few at a time
Stick answered grow question 3 years ago
Hi @Lowhelium! I usually try to avoid any kind of pruning or defoliation after the 2nd week of flowering stage. Each time you remove a part of the plant, she drives its energy into recovering, whereas I want her to put everything into bud fattening & resin production. That being said, it's sometimes better to pluck a leaf if it's creating shades onto bud sites, so I'm always constraint to remove a few leaves in the last days. From what I see on your latest pictures, all of your colas seem to get enough light, so in this scenario I would only tuck some big fan leaves but avoid to pluck anything and let those colas fatten up nicely. Hope this makes sense, keep us up-to-date and happy growing :facepunch:
OutForReal answered grow question 3 years ago
To tuck ! To pluck isn't the good thing to do after the vegetative stage , your plant will focus on recovery instead of producing buds so you will loose time and yield. You can also knit the leaves together but it require to be done daily. Your "cleaning" job under the main cannopy is good but can be completed.
DissNoof answered grow question 3 years ago
hi @lowhelium , defoliation is a high stress technique for the plant, ends up kinda making the plant focus on making leaves instead of bud for a few days, so it very well might end up hurting the yield. I think you're looking for maxing out the yield right? so what you can do is lollipop any leaves that are very much below the main canopy. Another thing you can do is identify the buds lower down on the colas that you know will only turn out small popcorn buds and pluck those. This will force the plant to buff up the buds higher up on the plant and will increase the yield. Otherwise you're dialled in 100% as it is, so you wont suffer at all if you dont touch the plant. Does that answer your question ? hope this helps bro :rocket: