Should I remove these Leaves ....again?

Discussion in 'First Time Marijuana Growers' started by Vee, Jun 13, 2019.

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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.

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  2. This is all bullshit and outdated. My Plants have produced much better since I started stripping my plants there’s plenty of nutrition in the sugar leaves to maintain photosynthesis. As long as you keep your plants diet on track this would never be an issue.


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  3. I really enjoy reading every piece of information about growing weed. I still strongly believe that lower part of plant will benefit from more light.
     
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  5. #5 Smokexbreak, Jun 13, 2019
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    It does. I’ve grown both ways...for years I never defoliated because listened to this outdated info above. Then I listened to a commercial grower on a podcast a couple years back talk about stripping plants before flower and week 3 in flower started doing it and never have looked back. I lollipop the first 5 inches and everything else above stays except the large fan leaves.
     
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  6. if a commercial growers spend considerable amount of time its not for lower yield. But I also think that removing too much (more than half) is going to slow down water and nutrient traveling in the stem/plant as leaves sweat
     
  7. It’s not an entire plant strip. It’s major fans and any node that already has a new shoot growing off of it with a true set of fan leaves anything with less gets less


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  8. Yup 10 years and two grows!!!

    You can go lay down in a corner now.
     
  9. 2 weeks after a strip. But what do I know?lmfao.

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  10. Oh ya you’re right my bad here’s another stripped plant.

    Find that corner please.

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  11. #11 Smokexbreak, Jun 14, 2019
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    Your yield woulda been higher had you stripped and let those lowers become more than larf. But I digress. Have a good evening.
     
  12. Lol. You would have gotten a better yield had you not striped all the solar panels from your plant....
     
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  13. You’re* Too*

    But take advice from a guy who doesn’t know the difference between too and to or you’re and your. Have a good evening.

    Oh btw I’d say that well over 100 of my plants I left the leaves on and at least 50-60 have been stripped. But I guess that’s still not a big enough sample size to gather any kind of real data. But seriously I’ve wasted enough time with you.


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  14. #14 Laucass83, Jun 14, 2019
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  15. Coulda had a civil debate but all the names makes things personal and never productive. Shame
     
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  16. Something like that.
     

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