It’s very important that these sugars go to the right place, but how are sugars produced and can you increase the production of sugars by trimming away leaves?
In general I advise to keep leaves in place till the plant discards them of by itself. Trimming young leaves and young side shoots can however lead to better distribution of sugars (=higher yield), but only if your plant retains its larger fully grown fan leaves.
In this article we will discuss:
The production of sugars
The process by which sugars are produced is called photosynthesis. This begins when the plant absorbs sunlight through the leaves and transmutes it along with water and CO2 into sugars. The dissolution allows the plant to absorb nutrients and water through the roots and distributes it all over the plant. Sugars play a very vital role in your plants development. They are strategically moved to the exact places within the plant where they are needed.
The amount of harvest is determined by how much sugar the larger leave generate and how much of it is transferred to the plants buds. Sugars are also necessary for the new foliage in the begin stages.
All plants have a steady percentage when it comes to dividing the sugars, which neither nutrients, light, CO2 or temperature can have an effect on. The truth is we would love to have some ability to influence the circulation. Want to know how your plants can produce more sugars? Download my free marijuana grow bible at this link.
Distribution of sugars
The standard by which sugars are circulated has to do with the sink strength. In all plants, their organs allow the sugars to move in the direction of the sink. Since the consumption varies case by case, buds tend to have more absorption, and even more so when they reach the middle point of growth.
Baby foliage requires plenty of sugars and don’t produce a lot, but older leaves produce greater amounts of sugar than they need. Older leaves will give the newer foliage and buds sugars, which is what makes them so vital.
Inside of every plant, there is a sort of contest for sugars. Every aspect of your plant is drawing on all ready sugars, which means an increase in sugars. The organs that have bigger sink strength will get a larger amount of sugars than those that have smaller sink strength every time.
How trimming affects distribution
Now that you have taken everything discussed into account, you can begin trimming the plant, which will cause great sugar circulation. If you get rid of the foliage prior to them using up their energy, this will cause more sugars to immediately travel to the buds. Be careful and be sure that plenty of larger leaves and foliage remains so your plant can produce enough sugars. In order to make sure energy isn’t emaciated and no light goes through your pots, keep the foliage thick.
Because the large top leaves take in more light and naturally contains more chloroplasts, they are able to create a larger amount of sugars. For this reason, we don’t suggest trimming the larger fan leaves. This is not to say that the lower foliage doesn’t receive light because they do get a little bit, which helps with creating sugars. It’s just that sugar generation is much better with larger leaves.
Now, if the fan leaves are ever clouded by the large, top leaves and it is utilizing more sugar than it is making, your plant will give up, suck dry and discard these leaves. At this point, the leaves will drop off on their own. Your plant knows exactly what to do!
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