Trimming fan leaves

Can I trim fan leaves on my auto? They are just too big and shadowing the plant. I tries stuffing them down. But they always pop up.

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How big is it? What stage is it?

@DDDDave try some tie down lst first before any defoliation. Tie down lst and leaf tucking works best.

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Just started to flower.

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Tuck those big ones inside the plant for now. Generally I try not to trim autos before the 3rd week or until at least 4 nodes have grown. Then I keep it to under 15% of the overall plant.

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Tie and tuck as much as you can

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what do you mean under 15%

if you are in flowering yes then the plant will focus on the flowers.

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But don’t cut them all off. Lowest fans yes

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I trim and train my autoflowers, but when I remove it’s never more than 15ish% of the plant. And usually I only remove lower side branches and what ever fan leaves are blocking main bud sites.

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Most autos take pruneing fine, there are exceptions but you want your branches in the light, if your fans are to big to tuck use a pair of shears and prune evenly, dont do it during it’s stretch, it may slow her down for a day or 2 but most strains dont mind, i slowly defoliate during flower. See pic

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@DDDDave, if the stem has turned red on the leaves remove the leaf. They are no longer supplying nutrients.
Then I would take the branch, bend it softly & tie it down so air & light can get down & around the other parts of the plant.
You should also clear out leaves that are blocking air flow that are inside the plant close to stem.
Fan leaves transfer nutrients to the flowers so you need them but not where air cannot flow through the plant. Hope that helps​:grin::grin::grin::upside_down_face:

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