My plant is about a week from harvest. No red hairs yet, all still white.
I was wondering, the buds look kind of small. I'm worrying they won't puff up much more than they already have. I want to allow maximum light to the lower buds before harvest in hope they will get bigger and compact more. Is it a good idea to cut off some of the leaves blocking light to other buds this late in flowering or will it only stunt growth? Are their specific leaves I should not trim? What can I do to make them get bigger in this last week? Or is there not much I can do? I have already stopped feeding and have only been feeding mollasses water.
The fan leaves make the buds. If you cut them off, the plant will attempt to regrow them, so it can get the carbohydrates it needs to make the buds. This will delay budding, in reality.
I trim the shit out of the underneath of my plants about two weeks into flowering, after they stretch. They look like this underneath:
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As you can see, I still leave plenty of branches coming up, but I don't touch the leaves above where I prune.
Think about it this way: A lot of really great weed, like Humboldt County bud, gets grown and harvested and never gets touched by a human it's whole life, and it turns out awesome.
I think...no I know...that we humans just end up messing with them too much.
Here is what those plants look like at the canopy level now. They are 5 weeks into flower, with 2-3 weeks to go on the Kush (all plants but the very front one), and 3-4 on the Blueberry (very front plant).
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I hope that helps. The pictures aren't quite the same as being able to really look at it, but these will have to do!
I would not trim anything a couple weeks before harvest, personally.
Edited by Bud Nukem, 07 August 2009 - 03:02 PM.