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This all happened by freak occurrence. Therefor I think I'll ask you guys what you think.
I had a few fan leaves touch the CFL's that I was using in veg.
I pretty much just snipped three fan leaves from one of my plants. I figured to get rid of the dead burnt material that could be blocking my precious lumens.
Anyways, I noticed the difference in growth from two plants with similar phenotypes.
I wanted to make this first grow just natural so I could view their exact characteristics with no topping and shit.
I have 4 phenotypes. 3 tall 1 short, one of the talls didnt branch out very much. but the short one branched out like 2 of the others.
All in all I have a tall not-branchy female that was my favorite from the beginning but ended up not ideal.
The other 3 seem to be branchy. 2 tall 1 short.
of the 2 tall I removed 3 fan leaves from one of them.
I always thought of the leaves like plant batteries, holding all of its energy, but just by removing 3 leaves I exposed all the bud site from underneath.
The plant with the similar phenotype that didn't get any leaves removed seems to have all the branches shooting up the center. i believe they will shoot up and spread out even with not removing the leaves.
I'm having a tough time trying to just guess what is better. Anyone want to share what they think is best?
The plant with the 3 fan leaves removed.
The simialar plant with branches shooting up the center.
Hmm. I wonder out of the 4, which one I will end up saving for my main mother...
it really depends. Most people like the short and bushy plants because you're "increasing" the amount of colas per plant. It's also ideal for keeping mothers as you have more cloning sites to choose from. The tall and lanky plants tend to produce one main cola and a lot of smaller buds since the center of the plant is receiving most of the light.