So here I am stuck at home with my girls (it’s a tough life right now lol) and I’m heading square into preflower. Just youtubing and doing other research into my next few weeks. The girls are about to cross that 15/7 mark tonight and are looking pretty damn happy. Everyone had their own slowdown of growth as the pistols started to pop and now growth is picking back up again YAY!
Ok so it’s been a while since I’ve done much in the way of trimming and it’s time to do some canopy management. Here’s how we’re looking for today.
My canopy is relatively even. My coverage is relatively evenly spaced. everyone’s healthy and responding well to training and feeding. But they’re a bit cramped.
So my pondering for the day is “Where do I want my girls to put their energy as they head to flower?” In a space this cramped I’m leaning towards the thinking my current tops are basically the be-all-and-end-all for focus. Thoughts?
I’m seeing a lot of side shoot development all around the tent.
And this girl in the back is AOFP
So I know the stretch determines pruning and trimming for a lot of folks - opinions and experience welcomed!!
And that ‘dark side shoots’ get trimmed?
But I’m wondering how much of the side shoots’ are going to prove worth the energy, and whether or not it’s better to trim that now?
Most of the canopy looks like this…
So I’m just not seeing much room for little nuglets as time passes. Most of the side shoots’ are a few inches under the current ‘top deck’, about mid canopy. I have done a few light lollipops to slowly clear the underside from a pretty early age to help get more air circulation at soil level to deter pests, mould and so on.
I’m wondering how much of this lateral development is gonna pay off and whether it’s better to wait the few weeks till early flower or just trim it off now?
My last run was a batch of WW autos and I’m still smoking from an August harvest, but their colas didn’t stack as much as I wanted and I had a lot popcorn. I’d obviously like to avoid repeating that but I’m also growing a blue cookies in here… Which I understand has a different bud structure??
Should you trim something like GSC less and allow more lateral development to get more golf balls? Or do you still try to push everything the girl has into her main buds?
I’m really not find ding a lot of detailed info on the difference in approach between ‘stacked colas’ strains and ‘golf ball nug’ strains.
Any help appreciated!
Keep well and blaze strong!