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Defoliating Autos

Discussion in 'Auto-Flowering Strains' started by Lucids, Jan 9, 2017.

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    Lucids

    Lucids Member

    hey guys i am just wondering if anyone would recommend taking out some of the fan leaves that are receiving no light, my auto is a fruit punch heavyweight seed and is kind of bushy after lst, there are a few shoots and some fan leaves that are not receiving a lot of light and don't seem like they do much. if i took them off, what would happen? thank you guys
     
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    Budzbuddha

    Budzbuddha Well-Known Member

    Smaller suckers at lower stalk would be ok. Leave fans and tuck to allow tops to rise up.
    Autos are hardwired to go from seed to harvest within a certain ( time window ) , if you over prune it , overfeed it , shock it or anything else ... You will just make problems.

    LST the plant ... To " open it up " to light.
     
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    Lucids

    Lucids Member

    i lst'd at the start of it's life and got it some curve in the main stem so there are a few "tops" of the plant that are looking at the light it started to flower a few days ago, should i still lst at this time to open it up more?
     
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    JDMase

    JDMase Well-Known Member

    I tried defoliation and found that basically, it sucks. Like you hear a lot, visible light to humans isn't the same as what the plants "see", so despite being in shade I think a lot of leaves have some value. I only get rid of leaves if I have worries of mold and poor airflow.. Even then taking less than 10% is probably best.

    Im no anti defol guy, just had such good results without it this time round Id hate for anyone to be as disappointed as I was when I read the defoliation hype! What works for me may not for you though! :)
     
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    Lucids

    Lucids Member

    alright i definetly will just leave it be. i only removed some crusty leaves that were at the very bottom. i think they were part of the first set of fan leaves. so i will just stick to that thank you!
     
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    Poontanger

    Poontanger Well-Known Member

    These are a cuppla little autos , & as U can see , ive defol , but only after a few weeks of flowering , like 3 or 4, weeks, imo the suckers , & lower shade leaves , no longer , have a purpose, & only detract from the rest of the plant, but , im no expert, good luck

    Poon
     

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    donando

    donando Active Member

    I did some defol on mine. It's a yes and no and what info you get may or may not work for your strains. I just finished a GSC that spent some time in stress between drinking all of its water before I could get off work to come home to droopy leaves every other day. She'd seem like she'd stall out cutting leaf or two but I clipped a taster nug a few weeks ago and all my buds exploded with 1000 new white pistils. I'd leave it alone and do its thing. It's not worth pestering it all the time.

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    JDMase

    JDMase Well-Known Member

    I had a similar situation where I went away and my watering system was crap. I had a friend come over and water twice in a week and whilst away my auto dark Devils exploded! So much so with new pistils I decided to leave it another week on top of that.. Not to mention I would've chopped the day I went away just looking at trichomes etc.
    I chopped em almost 3 weeks after I went away and it's looking like my best yield to date. I could've probably gone longer but then we would be edging into 3 months or more from these autos and I wanted to move onto something else.
     
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    donando

    donando Active Member

    Yeah I need to get better at this. I came home yesterday and all my leaves were yellowed w brown spots, canoed downwards... I chopped... Only half of those new white pistils started to turn brown and curl but I decided to pull the plug.

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    Lucids

    Lucids Member

    even tho your plant got stressed, those buds look delicious.
     
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    donando

    donando Active Member

    I wish they smelled as good as they look lol just grass for now.

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    Lucids

    Lucids Member

    are you curing them properly?
     
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    donando

    donando Active Member

    She's still drying. Cut the buds off the main stalk and have been rack drying just out of range of a fan for good circulation. Hoping the chlorophyll smell goes away lol

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    donando

    donando Active Member

    Cut her yesterday

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    JDMase

    JDMase Well-Known Member

    Why'd you chop? Even if they're stressin you can nurture them through it. I chopped early due to stress and my weed was completely waste. Wish Id just reverted/revegged instead
     
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    donando

    donando Active Member

    Well... I really don't know... My leaves looked shitty, don't have money for good nutes, and it was under 62w of cfl and in a very small pot... It was a waste of good genetics from the get...

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    JDMase

    JDMase Well-Known Member

    Just use floranova bloom or the dry version (forget the name) it's all ive used and ive got monsters. Admittedly under a HPS but it's not expensive to upgrade your lights. Plenty of options out there. T5's, CFL's, all seem to get decent results.
     
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    donando

    donando Active Member

    No doubt. I have about 10 more seeds of that GSC. I plan on nabbing a few led panels off Amazon and creating a ventilated "drop ceiling" with those 1'x1' panels.

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    Lucids

    Lucids Member

    if you want, you can check out my grow journal for a good way to set up cfl's. it's my frist grow but in my opinion led panels are iffy unless you are ready to shell out on the solid ones with a good reputation on them. http://www.rollitup.org/t/heavyweight-fruit-punch-auto-cfl-grow-first-grow.929711/#post-13228366
    but if you are ready to pay the money, go right ahead.
     
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    JDMase

    JDMase Well-Known Member

    Yeah don't bother with LED unless you're gonna go Cob. Failing that ive been tempted by those LEC 315's lately.
     

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