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kyle244948

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I was wondering when I should start trimming leaves that are in the way of other nodes growing. I have some that are just falling off because of no light and age, but I was wondering if I should trim the bigger leaves that are higher up on the plant. They just seem like they are in the way of the other branches that are trying to grow. I wish I had pics but no camera at the moment. What do you guys usually do?? BTW I just started 12/12 light schedule on Tuesday. I have been adding 1/2 strength nutes of vegg formula and I was wondering if I should stick with 1/2 strength of veg or flower formula for my next water, or should I go to full strength with one of each? Thanks a lot
 

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assuming that conditions are 'up to par'.......
I wouldnt cut healthy shade leaves off. The plant needs those man....have you looked into Low stress training? Lean that sucker over and shed some light on those lower nodes..
 

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Everything is up to par as you said but I wasnt sure if I shoul or not. I was thinking about LST but I think im going to save that for my next grow. The lower nodes look healthy but I wasnt sure if cutting the fan leaves would help or hurt the plant. Thanks for the input.
 

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U never should trim anything unless you are "topping" or trimming off dead/rotting leaves.
 

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some folks will trim some of the fan leaves that are shading lower buds a week or so before harvest so they can ripen.... which seems reasonable.
 

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KADE said:
U never should trim anything unless you are "topping" or trimming off dead/rotting leaves.
So it is a good idea to trim off rotting growth? I've got a vegging plant that shows quite a few rotting leaves due to a calcium (hard water) overdose and I was wondering if trimming them might help it recover.
 

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What up shadoe..the way I see it...the plant is wasting growth while attempting to repair or get rid of damaged or 'used up' leaves. so I trim them if they're in bad enough shape.. I wouldnt get carried away though.
 

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KADE said:
U never should trim anything unless you are "topping" or trimming off dead/rotting leaves.
See thats what I thought and thats pretty much what I have done " trimmed off dead/rotting leaves" It just seemed like the bigger fan leaves were shading the lower nodes and the leaves coming off of those nodes, but I will let them be. Could anyone answer my other question for me?? I a little stumped on what to do about adding nutes since I just started flowering.
 

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I trim them off for the increased disease/mold and unclean aspect...
 

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No trimming if you don't have to, and for nutes I'd say switch totally to flowering only nutes at 1/2 power the first time, full every other watering...
 

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Yeah, never trim leaves... ur cutting its "arms" to eat/drink with off... but dead growth definately needs to go..
 

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Fluid1 said:
No trimming if you don't have to, and for nutes I'd say switch totally to flowering only nutes at 1/2 power the first time, full every other watering...
Why do you say give nutes every other watering? Why not feed every time you water. I would say it would be kind of a tease if you only gave them nutes every other watering. Can you please give me an explanation why people do this or is it just a personal experience thing? Thanks a lot
 

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