fan leaves

Discussion in 'Newbie Central' started by uley, Jul 30, 2012.

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    uley

    uley Member

    is it ok to cut fan leaves off at any stage of growth??????????????/ and will this help with yield due to more light reaching the plant?????????/
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    brotherjericho

    brotherjericho Well-Known Member

    There are tons of threads on this already, you might search instead of posting another. You will find that there are many different opinions on this topic, so be ready to just go with whatever you feel is best. You will learn with time what works best for your growing style.

    I personally do not trim fan leaves unless they are yellow. Otherwise, if they are blocking light, I tuck them out of the way. That way they can still provide some of their function.
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    goten

    goten Well-Known Member

    No it wont

    You need to keep the fan leaves on , the fan leaves are the plants solar panels in a way soaking up everything that the sun has to provide , or your light spectrum if indoors

    You will cause more harm to your plants then good doing that

    If their big leaves blocking light from getting to lower growth just tuck them under or tie them to the sides or something but dont cut them off
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    catainahab

    catainahab Active Member

    fan leaves are important for the plant but some people cut them off completely, you can also cut the tips off them. most people leave them alone. they are handy for spotting deficiencies but its up to you[h=3][/h]
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    zubey91

    zubey91 Well-Known Member

    dude don't cut fan leaves unless they fall off .. your plant feeds from the fan leaves as well as from the dirt.. you cut them off its like taking away dinner time
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    FresnoFarmer

    FresnoFarmer Well-Known Member

    the fan leaves are the plants buffer system.....f you take those away and you get deficiency down the road...well....good luck salvaging that one
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    kinetic

    kinetic Well-Known Member

    Add my vote for leaving fan leaves, you would be better to leave the leaves on and remove the popcorn bud letting the natural process allocate energy to the bigger bud.
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    hotrodharley

    hotrodharley Well-Known Member

    The only time to remove any leaves are when the plant is finished with them. Leaves that are wasting are not producing. Remove only those.
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    calicat

    calicat Well-Known Member

    I don't not unless the fan leaf is compromised by 50%.
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    FresnoFarmer

    FresnoFarmer Well-Known Member

    I just give all dying or yellowing leaves a slight tug and if they come right off then it was their time to go.....but if they are still resistant then they most likely are still providing nutrients to the plant
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    hotrodharley

    hotrodharley Well-Known Member

    Second the removal of the little popcorners. Hard to think of "throwing bud out" but that is not how it works. Newer growers should be assured this selective bud removal yields more weight and better bud in the end. You advised correctly.
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    hotrodharley

    hotrodharley Well-Known Member

    Fan leaves are the worker bees, the infantry, the "hogs" on offensive and defensive lines. They are the ones that make it so the stars can shine while doing all the heavy work.
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    kinetic

    kinetic Well-Known Member

    To further illustrate this point when the fan leaf finally tugs off look at the stem you will see fluid moving as you squeeze it at the stem still at 70% degradation. This is a telling observation to make.
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    FresnoFarmer

    FresnoFarmer Well-Known Member

    and if you are worried about yield you can pull a double harvest.....harvest all the top buds when ready and let the bottom, or "popcorn", buds grow a little bit longer so they will be less popcorny lol.
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    DrGreener

    DrGreener New Member

    plants drop leafs naturally keep it that way do ppl do farmers take off leafs in there crops ???? now with that being said my leafs are blockin my buds A DO I CUT LEAFS OFF ??? B DO I TUCK LEAFS AWAY FROM BUDS

    answer B

    Now there are growing techniques where you either lolipop plant removing lower leafs and bud sites reason its in to shaded area an will not produce nothing down therre but shake
    scrog style you remove again lower leafs and bud sites reason canopy is to full nothing but shake will and wasted energy below canvas
    being leafs are on lower part of plant they will be the ones to fall first from lack of light
    please note when removing any foilage do it in stages as to not shock or stress plant cheers
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    imchucky666

    imchucky666 Well-Known Member

    Good post, man... I sit and read for hrs and hrs on 3 or 4 sites I have found, and try and find someone with a similar or exact problem or question before I open mouth/insert foot
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    Cloudz2600

    Cloudz2600 Well-Known Member

    I would say make sure you're just cutting the buds off and not entire branches, fan leaves and all.
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    stickyicky0420

    stickyicky0420 Well-Known Member

    leaves are like solar panels dont cut them off tuck them or tie them down if you need more light at a bud site..
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    uley

    uley Member

    can u cut the popcorn bud at any time . or does it have to be b4 its reached a certain point?

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