Do you Prune auto-flowering strains?

Discussion in 'Auto-Flowering Strains' started by Truthhurtsdummies1999, Jul 13, 2018.


To Prune or not to prune an auto-flowering strain

  1. Yes. Prune them it only helps

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  2. No do not prune them because they are auto-flowering

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  1. Hey all,
    What up growfam... so I have some auto-flowering feminized berry buds that are on their way to flower central and these ladies look awesome. Mind you these are the first 2 I have ever grown.. my question is should I prune them? We are at about day 29 and with all the reading and info I am not sure what to do about pruning given the strain is auto-flowering. Professor Grow says in his book that pruning could stunt their growth and hinder my yields. Just looking for anyone out there who has learned the hard way and might be ever so generous to share their story and advice.
    Thegermling likes this.

    MATTYMATT726 Well-Known Member

    I can see you're new, so ill try to be kind. This is the second thread you asked this. No need for duplicate threads. All you have to do is search. People top, fim, scrog, lst and trim autos and they grow very well. Hope you find exactly what you are looking for by searching and reading.
    Beachwalker likes this.
    Jypsy Dog

    Jypsy Dog Well-Known Member

    There are sites that are AUTO'S only. Google it.
    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    you have to grow one out and try shit on it before you'll know if that strain will take it or not. some autos aren't very much like ruderalis at all, and you can top them, train them, do all kinds of stuff and they'll take it, then there are some that don't like to be bothered, and will just stop growing worth a shit if you don't leave them alone. you don't know which is what till you try

    Srirachi Well-Known Member

    What Roger said... or, just check the breeder's website for advice. Generally I don't HST autos ever but I always LST them. If you have an auto with a long flowering period it may be good to HST if the plant's genetics will handle it, but the majority of autos will not do well with HST simply because they won't live long enough to complete a flowering cycle if damage causes them to remain in veg an extra week.

    ...and because I'm old I consider topping high stress, so if that is improper terminology I apologize. But to be clear, when in doubt, don't top autos is my advice.
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  6. Having read a really really good lengthy bit all morning I have decided to go ahead with LST by bending the long stems to get that "star shape" when viewed from above. Bending really has me excited to go home and apply to my plants.
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    Thegermling Well-Known Member

    Instead of experimenting Id go on You type in your specific auto or photo (dont matter) and "hopefully" there will be a journal. Check for defoliation etc. If you prune an auto or any plant in general, you will cause stress, regardless if you see it "not slowing down in growth" after you remove leaves etc. Some autos can handle more stress than others some cannot. Its all in the genetics though.
    Truthhurtsdummies1999 likes this.
  8. Thank you for the tip. I will check out that site you provided.
  9. Looked up the site and wow game changer. Though the grower I read the diary of (that had grown the same strain as me) didnt directly mention that they pruned I could see they had. I went and did the same and my plants loved it.

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