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Regulator3000 started grow question 2 years ago
When growing auto flowering plants how do you decided when and which leaves to defoliate since it grows so quickly and you want to get the most volume out of your plants?
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13 comments · 2 years ago
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Techniques. Defoliation
DILLIGAF answered grow question 2 years ago
@Regulator It's generally not a good idea to stress autos in any way whatsoever as it will slow down the growth thus reducing yields. The only defoliation I would recommend is in the 2nd week of flowering you can remove some of the larger fan leaves to let more air and light in and around the growing buds.
Other more experienced growers may tell you to top your plants but they are experienced at this and I
would advise you to atleast grow one or two plants normally before attempting this so you can get a feel for what the plants require from day to day. Once you have completed a harvest or two by all means experiment with more advanced techniques like mainlining etc Hope this answers your question and happy growing mate
DasBoof answered grow question 2 years ago
Hey there , as with any cannabis plant most of the defoliation should be done in veg only, really depends what you want to do. For example you can defoliate in order to keep it in veg by removing any leaf that's starting to split into five tips, this gives you extra time for extreme training. You can also try to defoliate to maximize yield, this you do by identifying potential flower nodes and you remove any leaf that s shading that spot so that the flower gets light (the plant thinks that it's grown tall enough and pushes out the flower) you can also defoliate the lower leafs on the branches so that energy is not wasted on the lower bud sites likely to end up as popcorn nugs anyway. The main thing you can do is once the plant flowers then take a razor blade and remove the bottom one or two flower nodes as they appear so that all the energy gets concentrated to the flowers on the upper parts of the colas making them bigger and improving the average quality of your yield. Hope this helps ! :rocket: