Re: Defoliation: Hi-Yield Technique

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First i want to said i am just copy and pasteing this from another forum...


This subject is bound to raise a lot of disagreement. Please relate experience and photos.

Lets start by defining "defoliation" in the context of this technique. The term has negative connotations as Cannabis has been the target of defoliation by the Feds using Paraquat chemical defoliants. This is not what this is about.

This technique is about leaf removal by hand. It is employed to relieve shading in crowded conditions. It is a substitute to the popular technique of removing lower branches.

Defoliation encourages branching in vegging plants in the same way as nipping the leader. The benefit of this technique is that the leader is retained to continue to create branches. It also shortens nodal length creating a more compact specimen.

This is how the following plants are capable of yielding as much as 12 oz. in an allotted space measuring 32" cubed.

Leaves are removed starting in veg stage when they are about 6" tall with a couple of sets of fans. Leaves are removed again every 2-3 weeks or whenever things get a little shady.

3 decades of experience with this technique reveal that bud growth benefits more from light exposure than whether the corresponding fan leaf is present.

The idea with this method is to not remove any bud sites like in the aforementioned technique of lower branch removal. Bud sites produce bud. Do not remove. This method allows light to penetrate to all bud sites, not just the top buds.

This technique should not be done on plants that have not been prepared by defoliation from the beginning.


Observers will be shocked at the nakedness of a fully plucked skeleton of a barely flowering shrub. They will be even more shocked at the results after a few weeks. These results will debunk any insistence that big shading leaves are necessary for good bud production. Besides are we producing buds or leaf.
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Day 16 before defoliation
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/The_jungle.JPG[/img]


Day 16 after
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/After1.JPG[/img]

Day 20 (4 days later!)
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/Day20_day5_defolitating.JPG[/img]


Day 24 before 2nd defoliation
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/Day_25_before_2nd_defol.JPG[/img]

Day 24 after
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/day25_2nd_defol.JPG[/img]

Day 28 (4 days later!)
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/Day28_defoliation.JPG[/img]

Day 32
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/day32_4_days_later.JPG[/img]
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Day 36
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/Day_36.JPG[/img]


Day 40
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/Day40.JPG[/img]


Day 45
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/Defoliated_day45.JPG[/img]
[img]https://www.icmag.com/gallery/data/500/Day451.JPG[/img]


Your thoughts?
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interesting...
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Leaves are removed starting in veg stage when they are about 6" tall with a couple of sets of fans. Leaves are removed again every 2-3 weeks or whenever things get a little shady.

Why is the first pic during flower, if it starts during veg? (16 day before def.)
Why do the plants in the back look just as full (minus the leaves).

I do it when needed, but I'll tell ya . By just doing it isn't going to give ya more weed.
12 z's in a 32" space?
Looks like 6 plants giving 2 z a piece.
IMO definitely no high-yield technique. Just MO.

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Leaves are removed starting in veg stage when they are about 6" tall with a couple of sets of fans. Leaves are removed again every 2-3 weeks or whenever things get a little shady.

Why is the first pic during flower, if it starts during veg? (16 day before def.)
Why do the plants in the back look just as full (minus the leaves).

I do it when needed, but I'll tell ya . By just doing it isn't going to give ya more weed.
12 z's in a 32" space?
Looks like 6 plants giving 2 z a piece.
IMO definitely no high-yield technique. Just MO.

Peace


I should have added that those pics i posted were not from the same auther who's text i quoted. I posted those pics because there was good before/after shots.

Here are some pics of the auther i quoted's crop.

[img]https://www.icmag.com/ic/picture.php?albumid=17577&pictureid=383462[/img]
[img]https://www.icmag.com/ic/picture.php?albumid=17577&pictureid=383465[/img]
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" 32"x32"x32" is all the space allowed. Before and after putting scythe to trunk. Intensive defoliation is the rule."

[img]https://www.icmag.com/ic/picture.php?albumid=17577&pictureid=383464[/img]
[img]https://www.icmag.com/ic/picture.php?albumid=17577&pictureid=383458[/img]
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Its the scrog thats the high yield and thats when I pull off leaves.
Not the defoliation . Its the scrog technique thats the high yielder.
I knew it on the first picture, with the level canopy.
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We (Draig and I) Keep our Gals trimmed out starting in Veg-- but not "defoliating"... we remove sucker branches, lower branches... anything that won't get light or produce more than popcorn buds....

Removing too many Fans reduces it's ability to take-in, and use, light.

IMO, it is self-defeating to remove fans-- OR over-crowd a space....
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I have to say i posted this because i thought it was a good topic that i agree and disagree with certain points of. IMO removing leaves during veg with slow down vegative growth and i don't really thing its a good idea...

The part i do agree with is defoliation during flowering. Just from the pics about you can see that the lower buds seem to really benefit from getting more direct light. I plan to do a some side by side runs over my next couple grows to see the true effects.

If you want to do a lot more reading on this, check this thread... http://www.icmag.com/ic/showthread.php?t=174163
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