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Hi everyone! My girls are getting close to switching over to 12/12. I’ve topped them all earlier on and they are growing nicely. When is the best time to defoliate? So many different views online😕.  Before the stretch? After the stretch? I feel like I’ve always started too early and want to get it right on this grow. Any help would be appreciated.

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Topic starter Posted : November 6, 2021 2:27 pm
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@lemi Flip them first mate, let the stretch do its thing, then defoliate Smile The plants needs all those leaves to catch light and make food, the more they have the better. The best time to defoliate and lolly pop the plants is after the flowers start to form. 


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Posted by: @lemi

When is the best time to defoliate? So many different views online😕.  Before the stretch? After the stretch?

Always after the stretch is over. If you defoliate before stretch is done it can definitely cause the plant to stretch more in order to try to replace what you took off. After the stretch is completely over and the plant has white Pom Pom looking flowers forming, then you can defoliate with impunity. I try to only defoliate once during the grow because it’s easier on the plants. Pretty much the same strategy as Macky and ZN.

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Posted : November 6, 2021 2:40 pm
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@macky Thanks Chief! 

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Topic starter Posted : November 6, 2021 7:20 pm
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@monkeydo Thanks for the info! Makes sense when I actually think about it…I have a tendency to start plucking leaves early.

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Topic starter Posted : November 6, 2021 7:22 pm
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@lemi so did I once upon a time but the OG around Percy's showed me the way and it made the world of difference for me. I've never looked back.

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Posted : November 6, 2021 7:29 pm
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@monkeydo Yes you guys are awesome. Other forums are full of false information and just plain mean spirited twats. I’ve been enjoying your potcast while at work on my earbuds as well. I feel like I know you guys. I get some funny looks at work when I start to uncontrollably laugh for no apparent reason🙉

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@Lemi sometimes I use the stretch to my advantage. If I need to flatten out a canopy, I won't touch it and let it grow slow and natural. But if my plants start to get too uneven in height then I will do some defoliating in stretch to try and level things out, and it actually worked, twice. But this is after I had dealt with stretching and defoliating a few times. Plus I just like to play with them to see what happens. Nothing too serious, they almost always live. 🤣 But yes too much at one time isn't good either. Next time do it differently and see.  Good luck and have fun.                       peace

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I get some funny looks at work when I start to uncontrollably laugh for no apparent reason🙉

Yer, I’ve had a few odd stares from the neighbors when I’m listening back to a show. It’s us that are having the laugh and it still tickles me sometimes. 

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Posted : November 7, 2021 2:49 pm
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Hey Bro, all rthe advice above it bang on. Defo wait till you see nice little flowers forming before defol. I made the mistake once of going to early and man they got so big, i didnt even think it would make that much difference but one plant was literally about 30 cm bigger than the rest. Just hold till you're sure, it'll be worth it : )

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Posted : November 8, 2021 8:23 am
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