Originally Posted by Clayton_Bigsby
I have a setup that is similar to yours but with more, smaller plants. When do you defoliate your plants? Right before flower or a couple of weeks after you put them on 12/12?
I dont defoliate. I prune growth tips and leave the leaves. I prune heavy when they go into flower.
If you create a imbalance between the roots and the foliage the part that you pruned will grow back to balance the plant back out. A plant will balance the amount of foliage to roots. So by pruning one you can cause the plant to grow that pruned part back.
So I use that to get the plant to grow where I want. This is the growth tips at the end of a branch. This happens when you just leave the end growth tip and remove all the growth tips below it.
This will leave your buds in the light and cause them to grow dense and large. But all this is covered in the thread.