One thing that I’ve been doing for a while, and haven’t heard mentioned on the show, is cutting a portion of the fan leaves off when pruning the growing ladies. I started doing this with my clones: cut each finger of the fan leaf in half to reduce surface area and transpiration, and it never hurt the clones, they didn’t yellow or freak out, so I started carrying the technique all the way through the grow.
I’m a big advocate for keeping plants and buds trimmed neatly all the way through flowering. I still like to leave some of the leaves (solar panels in my mind too), and I usually just go with what feels good for me and my ladies but I take a lot off, I like to keep the buds blasted with as much light as I can get them, but I still leave a decent bit too. What I leave, if there’s a leaf that is in the way and I don’t want to cut any more leaves off of the stem or bud, I cut it in half, just take the parts that are blocking the bud or shading something else. It’s also great if a leaf is burned or damaged, cutting all the fingers halfway back, takes the ugly off, leaves the lady something to use, and doesn’t seem to slow things down or yellow up around the cut or anything. It’s also a great way to trim back a leaf that is right in the way and covered in sugar that you really don’t want to put in your trash pile, just take the less frosty tips off and problem solved, sugar saved 🙂
This is kind of a long explanation for a pretty simple process, but it’s one of my favorite ways to trim, keeps the lady looking beautiful, and lets you get just a little more light where you want it.