Question Defoliation and pruning in the first 3 weeks off flower

Gustta Rasta

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Jun 28, 2022
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Hi all any help with defoliation and pruning within the first 3 weeks of flowering. I let my plant bush up this year. I topped , supercropped my plants. I was looking at them and they have a ton off leaves and undergrowth. Iam in early flower now. What would happen if I cleaned these plants now.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Slothman

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I think the need to defoliate depends on the strain and other factors. Some people say to not remove any or many leaves, as they help grow your buds bigger and some say to remove them so more sunlight gets to the buds and makes them bigger,and I think both are correct at times.

I've had plants that bush right up and I've defoliated them heavily several times throughout veg and flower and they kept growing more and more leaves and ended up giving me the biggest longest buds I've ever grown. And I've had other plants that don't bush out that much and cannot handle any defoliation.

I think whats best is to analyze what kind of plants you have(they look bushy to me) and take off a little at first and see how they react. If the plant fills right back in within a week or 2,then that's your sign that it can handle more defoliation.

To me your plants looks like they could use some defoliation at least.
 

Tracker

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Oct 15, 2021
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Hi all any help with defoliation and pruning within the first 3 weeks of flowering. I let my plant bush up this year. I topped , supercropped my plants. I was looking at them and they have a ton off leaves and undergrowth. Iam in early flower now. What would happen if I cleaned these plants now.
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Nice! They look healthy.

On my outdoor. I get under the canopy and take off all the leaves one the lower 1/3 to 1/2 of the plant. I also trim off all the lower small growth shoots that arent getting light directly on them. Those will only make little larfy popcorn buds. Also, remove all damaged and/or yellowing leaves.

On the upper half of the plant, I selectively remove large fan leaves to let light penetrate into the canopy. I try to trim it in a way from the top to 1/3 of the way down so that light is penetrating into the top of the canopy, but no light gets all the way to the ground.

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Gustta Rasta

New Member
Jun 28, 2022
5
13
I think the need to defoliate depends on the strain and other factors. Some people say to not remove any or many leaves, as they help grow your buds bigger and some say to remove them so more sunlight gets to the buds and makes them bigger,and I think both are correct at times.

I've had plants that bush right up and I've defoliated them heavily several times throughout veg and flower and they kept growing more and more leaves and ended up giving me the biggest longest buds I've ever grown. And I've had other plants that don't bush out that much and cannot handle any defoliation.

I think whats best is to analyze what kind of plants you have(they look bushy to me) and take off a little at first and see how they react. If the plant fills right back in within a week or 2,then that's your sign that it can handle more defoliation.

To me your plants looks like they could use some defoliation at least.
They definitely need it for me it's the stress factor and reproctions from the stress but I see how much water they take in a day all going to that extra crap on the bottom.
 

hawkman

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May 12, 2020
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great plANT !!!! - wouod no consider defoilating bwecause it's a outside grow - as bi g as it is - will take a bit of time anyway
 

Mr.E

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Jul 9, 2022
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Hi all any help with defoliation and pruning within the first 3 weeks of flowering. I let my plant bush up this year. I topped , supercropped my plants. I was looking at them and they have a ton off leaves and undergrowth. Iam in early flower now. What would happen if I cleaned these plants now.
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Beautiful 🤩 plant 🌱. But you got months and months to go
 


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