Originally Posted by kanzzzz
Im wonddering has anyone seen any good tests or tried this before to see if theres a magic middle ground of removing some fan leaves for better light , but not butchering the plant?
The plant does a lot of work to make the leaves, and the energy in the leaves is in a form that the plant can most readily use.
The energy for the plants is to feed today's photosynthesis. I wonder if timing wise, it is best to remove fan leaves right before lights off.
I think part of the trick is finding good tools that allow you to deal with the problem of fan leaves shading internodes, quickly.
Cutting the leaves is only one way. I find those things with the wire in them, that the supermarket uses to tie up produce with ... that's one example of a tool that can move bud sites into the light.
I've moved leaves behind bud sites ... so the plant can "drink from the milk shake" (use the energy from the leaf to grow bud) AND still get light.
Another option is using LED spotlights on lower bud sites that might be suffering from too much fan leaf shade.