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Removed started grow question 4 years ago
This isn't a problem more curiosity! The leaf I'm holding in the picture their is a new node growing at the end. I am wondering if pull it off am I taking away energy from node that the leaf could be supplying? Or am i wasting energy into making the leaf bigger?
Nft hydro crystal white clones
16 weeks
Nft hydro crystal white clones hydrohippy
Crystal White
46 comments · 3 years ago
Week 2
Techniques. Defoliation
CRiSPrGrow answered grow question 4 years ago
depends if the leaf has 3 or 5 points on it: 3 points on it, it's still veging all you'll end up doing is keeping it in veg, 5 points on it, the leaf has matured, pulling it out will mean diverting energy that would otherwise go to making bud or new leafs.
Stick answered grow question 4 years ago
Hi @hydrohippy! Short answer: both! That leaf is certainly helping in the photosynthesis process and at the same time she is consuming plant's energy to get bigger. If the leaf isn't creating shade onto bud sites, I would leave it as it is, this would be the "solar panel" to develop the buds on this same node. If the leaf is problematic, because it's blocking light penetration or because it's way too big and it's disturbing your airflow, I would tuck it away. Did you know that bud-sites are also really good at catching light and handling photosynthesis? Hope this will help, keep us up-to-date and happy growing! :facepunch:
thegreatdeadpoolio answered grow question 4 years ago
In veg I generally leave the leafs alone for the simple reason that if you cut off the leaf to redirect the energy, that energy will go into growing new leaves, as well as new nodes but new leaves as well. The best thing to do in veg to redirect the most amount of energy to the nodes is to top or FIM. The leaves are good in veg as they will act as solar panels for the plant. Doing a big defoliation before flowering, and/or doing it after the stretch to help redirect energy into the buds has also been helpful for me.
OutForReal answered grow question 4 years ago
Interesting question ! I think the leave is a surface that allow plant to make the photosynthesis happens so at that stage the leaf will provide energy to the plant , Now if you cut the leaf you are redirecting the energy she was consuming to the other parts of the plant ( generally the new leaves )