Remove lower branches and fan leaves?

Discussion in 'First Time Marijuana Growers' started by CJ75, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. #1 CJ75, Jun 12, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2019
    I am a new grower. I just recently posted a pic of my other plant for suggestions. Someone told me my plant needs to be thinned out. Remove bottom branches and fan leaves. This doesn't sound right to me? She is just started getting all her white hairs last week. Any info would be appreciated . yes she is bushy that's only because I topped her several weeks ago. To me the plant looks fine. It's not too big. But then again, I'm new at this.

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  2. Pics of the entire plant would help. The pics you provided in your other thread don't help.
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  3. lol ...its true I threaten to shoot DEAD any Russian that Defoil their plant
    but as you the WEST ...trim away
    you gotta ask why lol
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  4. I'm in the dark here. I'm not sure what's going on lol. I don't even know if I went to the right thread he was talking about. What am I missing? :blink:
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  5. I'm saying I'm not convinced Defoiling works to the goodness of the plant
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  6. Posting a pic now
  7. Why? Lol
  8. Wondering the same!
  9. Oh ok! That's what I was thinking. Dont the plant NEED fan leaves to grow? I was confused when someone told me to remove all the fan leaves and bottom branches.
  10. I believe defoliating does help, BUT it depends on how much defoliating the plant actually needs. If it's out of control bushy with leaves overlapping others and many bottom leaves not getting any light at all, then yes, I would remove certain bottom leaves so more energy is focused on the middle, and top-most leaves of the plant. I'm opposed to out-of-control defoliating though. That's why I asked for pics of the entire plant, so I can see if you even need to defoliate or not.
  11. I posted a pic. Was you able to see it?
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    Defoilating or de-leafing is one of the most misunderstood techniques of drug Cannabis cultivation. In the mind of the cultivator,several reasons exist for removing leaves. Many feel that large shade leaves draw energy from the flowering plant, and therefore the flowering clusters will be smaller. It is felt that by removing the leaves, surplus energy will be available, and large floral clusters will be formed. Also, some feel that inhibitors of flowering, synthesized in the leaves during the long noninductive days of summer, may be stored in the older leaves that were formed during the noninductive photoperiod.

    If these inhibitor-laden leaves are removed, the plant will proceed to flower, and maturation will be accelerated. Large leaves shade the inner portions of the plant, and small atrophied floral clusters may begin to develop if they receive more light.
    In actuality, few if any of the theories behind defoilatin or de-leafing give any indication of validity. Indeed, leafing possibly serves to defeat its original purpose. Large leaves have a definite function in the growth and development of Cannabis. Large leaves serve as photosynthetic factories for the production of sugars and other necessary growth sub-stances. They also create shade, but at the same time they are collecting valuable solar energy and producing foods that will be used during the floral development of the plant.

    Premature removal of leaves may cause stunting, because the potential for photosynthesis is reduced. As these leaves age and lose their ability to carry on photo-synthesis they turn chloro tie (yellow) and fall to the ground. In humid areas care is taken to remove the yellow or brown leaves, because they might invite attack by fungus.

    During chlorosis the plant breaks down substances, such as chlorophylls, and translocates the molecular components to a new growing part of the plant, such as the flowers. Most Cannabis plants begin to lose their larger leaves when they enter the flowering stage, and this trend continues until senescence. It is more efficient for the plant to reuse the energy and various molecular components of existing chlorophyll than to synthesize new chlorophyll at the time of flowering. During flowering this energy is needed to form floral clusters and ripen seeds.

    Removing large amounts of leaves will interfere with the metabolic balance of the plant. If this metabolic change occurs too late in the season it could interfere with floral development and delay maturation. If any floral inhibitors are removed, the intended effect of accelerating flowering will be counteracted by metabolic upset in the plant.

    Removal of shade leaves does facilitate more light reaching the center of the plant, but if there is not enough food energy produced in the leaves, the small internal floral clusters will not grow any larger. Leaf removal may also cause sex reversal resulting from a metabolic change.

    Marijuana Botany.Clarke

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  13. @vostok The reason I posted this message:

    "I'm in the dark here. I'm not sure what's going on lol. I don't even know if I went to the right thread he was talking about. What am I missing?"

    wasn't because I was unaware of the information you just posted. I am aware of such information (and I still stand behind my statement of proper defoliating). I posted it because I was confused as to what thread the OP was referring to where he mentioned someone was telling him to defoliate. I couldn't find it, so I was confused over that.
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  14. Yes I saw it. Thanks for that. Are you growing her outside or indoors? I notice you're not applying any LST. Looks like you're just letting her do her thing, which is fine. In your case, she doesn't look all that bushy. She looks like she'll need those few leaves she has for photosynthesis. So I personally wouldn't defoliate. That's just my 2 cents as with everything else I say. Good luck.
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