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Preston9mm

Member of the Month: Oct 2018 - Photo of the Month: Nov 2018 - Plant of the Month: Jan 2019 - Nug of the Month: July 2019

Virgin ground

Nug of the Month: June 2019 - Photo of the Month: Aug 2019
Crazy is a relative term, as it is a term that I use to describe my relatives.
Thank goodness it skipped me.
 

Virgin ground

Nug of the Month: June 2019 - Photo of the Month: Aug 2019

Virgin ground

Nug of the Month: June 2019 - Photo of the Month: Aug 2019
Maybe you just don't show up in mirrors?
I think that's a vampire.
I'm more of a succubus. That's the working theory anyway. TBD.
 

Virgin ground

Nug of the Month: June 2019 - Photo of the Month: Aug 2019

Virgin ground

Nug of the Month: June 2019 - Photo of the Month: Aug 2019
A lot of black sheep in this family. :thumb:
 

NorthernCosmos

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This weekend I went to delarf the Amnesia Haze auto but didn't find all that much I was comfortable taking off. The stems aren't very long so I left everything except this:
Hm, is that something I should look into, I wonder. I have some lower buds that are in a little shadow, although I try to tuck away leaves to max out their light. I'm also considering snipping off some shadowing semi-fan leaves at the main cola bases to let more light through to those 'detached' buds below. I'm nearing my first harvest and want as much produce as I can get (for Christmas! :)). As a neophyte I have no clue about balancing the amount of useable(?) popcorns (is that what they're called?) vs potentially larger main colas.

But then I learn about delarfing here... And also snipping off "lowers" in your LST thread. Are those half ripe buds usable for anything, like quick drying or...?
 

InTheShed

Member of the Year: 2018 - Member of the Month: Jan 2018, Nov 2018 - Grow Journal of the Month: Aug 2018 - Plant of the Month: Oct 2018
It's tough when you're starting out to know what's going to be larf and what is going to be solid, or if you have a new strain that is growing in a manner you haven't encountered before. It's also hard to delarf when you are focused on how much you can get off your plant (I'm well-stocked so that's not a consideration).

Keep in mind that larf can be almost as potent as the tops. It's harder to deal with at trimming time and it's fluffier that the stuff on the ends, but it shouldn't be considered second-rate when you harvest (as I have seen some growers do).

Delarfing is also a tough call when dealing with a true sativa, where you can have a series of budlets spread along the branches.

That said, delarfing can make the top colas fatter by directing all the growth hormones and sugars up top where the light is strongest. It also makes trimming so much easier. After I do a post-stretch thinning of lower branches, I take off any buds that are growing far enough below the main buds that they look like they will never get big enough to touch the buds above them. If that makes any sense!

In terms of what comes off, everything I take off (stems, larf, and green leaves) gets dried in the sun and dumped into a big cardboard box for use for skin salve.
 

NorthernCosmos

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Thanks, Shed - that's good info!

Given my lack of experience I'm leaning towards letting the buds be, and then snip off the odd shadowing leaf. Since I invested in the grow setup, there has been no going out and buying anything, so I'm keen on getting as much buds as possible this time around. When I have a buffer of produce, It'll be much easier to bring myself to experiment with delarfing and the like.
 
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InTheShed

Member of the Year: 2018 - Member of the Month: Jan 2018, Nov 2018 - Grow Journal of the Month: Aug 2018 - Plant of the Month: Oct 2018

NorthernCosmos

Well-Known Member
I doubt you have much larf on those plants given how compact they are, similar to my Amnesia Haze auto. It's more of a consideration with plants where you have nice long stems to work with.
Now, look below and see who's been delarfing like a madman! :p Those were living 3 or 4 cm above soil level on the lowest branches with nowhere to go.

I did find a couple of branches with buds that might have been actual delarfing candidates, but instead I tied them down so they got out of the darkest shadows, and I also placed an alu-foil parabolic'ish reflector on the soil to direct light to one of them. We're talking micro-tweaks here :nerd-with-glasses:

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