Do you defoliate?

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Do you defoliate your autos?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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    jonsmith2012ad

    jonsmith2012ad Well-Known Member

    Do you guys defoliate your autos? If so when is it ok to do? Also should I avoid defoliation if I’m getting a little nutrient burn?
     
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    MATTYMATT726

    MATTYMATT726 Well-Known Member

    In flower i like to take off big fans from main stem and than side brancjes but not from flowers. Only the actual fans. Wouldn't do it in veg casue stunt chance(unless topping).
     
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    Papykush

    Papykush Member

    BIG fan leaves after about week 5-6...mostly from the bottom up ... :weed:
     
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    leather lungs

    leather lungs Well-Known Member

    Why? What is the reasoning?
     
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    Papykush

    Papykush Member

    more energy to the blooming ...less to keep the big ass leaves:cuss:...grow bud :eyesmoke:.... not a bunch of leaves ...:joint:... gives her better light ...8) , air:hump:, down in the plant ....:leaf:
     
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    mackey

    mackey Well-Known Member

    Not many but big leaves at bottom. Increase air circulation. Only after 5/6 weeks
     
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    shushubandora

    shushubandora Active Member

    I take off bottom fan leafs that hardly get light and even branches below.
    Artificial light will not go far.
     
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    Papykush

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    mackey

    mackey Well-Known Member

    Should leave some big fan leave as I've read that's how they take in light. Looks good.
     
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    mackey

    mackey Well-Known Member

    Would love to post a pic of my last plants but they were sativa and I got all paranoid and deleted my pics. Not doing that àgain. We were out so I smoked bottom buds, didn't hurt it at all. Tied down branches to keep canopy flat so all got fairly equal light.
     
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    CannaBruh

    CannaBruh Well-Known Member

    As soon as I notice they are done stretching 14-21 days'ish into flower I will remove EVERY leaf that has a stem that can be exposed by gently pulling down on the middle finger.

    Pull expose snip. In 3-7 days the things will already have a lot of new leaves from the flower sites and most of those sites are now exposed if you kept up with a decent canopy structure.

    This helps mitigate against stagnate air, overlapping, water condensing, mold, and allows for more light to reach more flower sites directly.

    I use this same technique in veg, it's a way of topping without removing the top, simply clip the top most fastest growing fans and let the rest of the plant catch up, it can be a daunting task after a week or so of doing this because the plants will really really bush up.

    *credit to GML GrandMasterLevel for being the first larger scale grower to demonstrate these techniques with efficacy.
     
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    mackey

    mackey Well-Known Member

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    jonsmith2012ad

    jonsmith2012ad Well-Known Member

    Thank you guys for all your replies I really appreciate it.
     
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    tyke1973

    tyke1973 Well-Known Member

    Never take a leaf of that is green ,no need
     
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    mackey

    mackey Well-Known Member

    Sorry but disagree! Need good air circulation and when I bend and tie over, they get so bushy. I took as many as half big fan leave off when flowering and they did great.
     
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    Papykush

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    :clap: true dat !:hump:
     
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    Thegermling

    Thegermling Well-Known Member

    I tried this way but I got PM because water got trapped between leaves ( I foliar spray sometimes) and became a perfect scenario for PM. The plant got bushy as hell too and the humidity where I live is 20-30% (outdoors). I agree with trimming up the plant for air movement around the plant. Cheers!
     
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    Kipn

    Kipn Well-Known Member

    i remove everything under the scrog net and try tuck he rest of the leaves i don't like causing stress to my plants so i try not take many leaves off unless the plant is extremely bushy hen you kind of have to strip leaves to reduce humidity and mold risks
     
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    Thegermling

    Thegermling Well-Known Member

    Theres a method I picked off the dude grow show. When you defoliate in flower pick off one or two leaves a day. Pick leaves that shade more mass than the entire leaf itself.
     
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    Kipn

    Kipn Well-Known Member

    i much agree on doing that. never a good idea to strip the entire plant in one day
    i will lollipop my plants over a week and only take a few hand full of leaves at a time
    id imagine with a auto plant stressing it as little as possible would be a good idea
     
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