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GreenhouseGrower started grow question 4 years ago
Should I remove the side shoots from the first node? Although strong I cannot see them do much, I am not trimming any of the fan leaves as I prefer to let it grow naturally as possible but just wondering about these lowest branches draining more energy from the plant then giving
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Techniques. Defoliation
Experimentgreen answered grow question 4 years ago
Any low branches that are spending most their life shaded and dont look big enough to hold a piece of popcorn, would be better to remove. All those little branches use energy that could be distributed to the larger plant so I'd say yes its most helpful to clean up the bottoms.
Nomad answered grow question 4 years ago
With the little amount of time they have in the light pruning the lower growth is probably your best bet to increase the size and potency of the flowers that are getting all the light. Those are your star athletes. Good luck with the grow.
Michka answered grow question 4 years ago
It can help a lot yes..
PharmaZ answered grow question 4 years ago
Hopfully you haven’t trimmed off much. After a fair few attempts at various methods of pruning I’ve found leaving the lady’s do their thing till after 3 weeks of flower production (DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING OFF IN STRETCH) is best! I do LST and remove leaves in veg. Looking good man, you’re doing fine as it is. Peace
Kindbudz answered grow question 4 years ago
Personally I chose not to and instead did some LST. I took the upper shoots/colas and pulled them to the side so the the lower colas could catch up and this has worked out perfectly providing me with 10 evenly sized main colas. Hope this helps. Good luck on your grow
Stick answered grow question 4 years ago
Hi @GreenhouseGrower! Yes, pruning lower stems will drive more energy to the main colas, it's a common practice to increase yield's potency. Since you're planning to let it grow naturally, those lower nodes won't get enough light to give you decent buds. Hope this helps, keep us up-to-date with the result and happy growing!
Removed answered grow question 4 years ago
For outdoors it's a matter of preference. I dont remove any shoot, but I TOP/FIM and LST extensively to promote all shoots from developing equally.
If you are going to let the plant grow tall, I would remove lower shoots that will be shade later.