How & When to Defoliate for Increased Yields!
What up GreenBox Growers and welcome back to the Plant training techniques video section! Now in today's episode we are going to be covering everything you need to know about defoliating your cannabis plants that you were growing at home. Now of course defoliation is great because it is going to help us increase the yields we get from our plants, but it's also going to get us denser buds above the canopy and it is going to prevent any LARFY nugs from developing down below.
So in today's video I am going to be demonstrating on our Agent Orange plants that we are currently growing. And I am going to be explaining exactly how to do a defoliation on your plants, when the best time is to defoliate your plants and then of course I'm going to go into more details on how it is going to help us with increasing those yields. Alright Growers, so now that you know what we are doing in today's episode, let's head over to the Agent Orange tent to start with that defoliation!
Okay Growers so here we are at the Agent Orange tent. And as you can see we have already to foliated the plant on the right here. So first off what we are going to talk about is why it is so important to do a defoliation. So what we are trying to do is expose more light or the goal is first of all to thin out the plant so we can expose more light to the lower parts of the plant. So lower nodes and everything below the canopy is now going to be able to get a lot of Light which in turn will allow those tops to grow up through the canopy and up through the scrog net. And in the end that is just going to give us a larger yield because we are going to be able to grow more Bud!
Now sending out the canopy like I was just saying will allow for more light to penetrate that lower section of the plant, so when you do have buds growing down there not only will it prevent any LARFY growth from growing. But it is going to make it to those buds are going to be nice and dense and fully developed. Now above the canopy it is going to help get denser buds as well because they are all going to be getting the maximum amount of light that they need. So it is important to know that you are not going to just defoliate your plants once during the grow, but in fact you will do it several times.
So the first time which is what we are doing right now is going to be about Midway through the vegetative stage or vegetative cycle. And you want to do it right when you add that scrog net to your plants. Next you are going to do one right before you flipped the plants into the flowering cycle. And then you are going to do two more throughout the flowering phase, one at the end of week 2 of flower and then one at the end of week 4.
The reason being as you want at least to space them out by 2 weeks at a time, space out each defoliation by 2 weeks at a time. And what that is going to do is allow the plants to have enough time to recover and it is going to minimize the amount of stress that you give to them. Now the best method for doing your de foliation is using a pair of clean Fiskar trimmers. And for this first one you're going to want to remove about 20% of all fan leaves on the plant. Now you are going to want to focus on leaves that are really large kind of like this one and these ones right here.
And then you are going to also want to remove any that are laying directly on top of lower nodes or lower leaves. And that is just to make sure to expose light to that part of the plant. Alright guy said that pretty much sums up how to defoliate your cannabis plant for the first time. So now what we are going to do is defoliate or demonstrate the defoliation for this plant here on the left and then that will conclude today's video!
Ok GreenBox Growers, so that concludes today's episode on defoliation and now you guys are prepared enough to go ahead and use this technique on your cannabis plants that you are growing at home. Now don't forget that it is crucial to wait at least 2 weeks between each defoliation that you do on your plants. And as always I will be back shortly with another video with a new plant training technique for you guys. Now I just want to give you guys a big thank you for watching today's video and I really hope you enjoyed it, and I was always until next time…
Dylan @ GreenBox Grown