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Should I Prune My Auto-flowering Pot Plants?

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Dear Dan, I’m growing auto-flowers due to limited time in the space I’m in. Are there any training methods that can be used to increase the quality of the yield? Or would you recommend letting her grow completely uninterrupted? – Nick

Dear Nick,
I do not recommend any training or pruning with auto-flowering plants. Because their vegetative stage is so short, there’s no benefit to cutting them. The short vegetative time doesn’t give the plant enough time to recover from pruning before going into flowering and thus the final yield is negatively affected.

I also don’t advise people to prune regular non-auto-flowering plants in the 2-3 weeks before flowering is induced for this very same reason. With autos however, you have no choice on when they flower and they will begin to do so at a certain height regardless of photo-period.

Have a grow question? Ask away at deardanko@hightimes.com

Danny Danko is a writer, photographer and the Senior Cultivation Editor of High Times magazine. He has selected High Times’ annual Top 10 Strains of the Year since 2005 and is also the creator and founder of the High Times Seed Bank Hall of Fame, author of The Official High Times Field Guide to Marijuana Strains and the forthcoming book Cannabis: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Marijuana. He hosts the podcast High Times presents "Free Weed from Danny Danko."

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