Ok, so I saw this TV report on legalized MJ in some US states and how some big capitalists are currently maximizing their output by different methods. I'd like to inquire into one specifically. The owner of one of these businesses showed the TV crew a huge hall that was entirely filled with thousands of plants, and two caretakers working 24/7 on these plants. Their job was to pinch away or remove all unwanted stems or leaves so that the plant could only grow into a very specific form (that's how the owner described what these 2 persons were doing) but what he didn't say was why that was done (although I can assume it's to maximize yield in some way...) or HOW that form ultimately looks like. They also showed that these plants were under HPS lamps emitting somewhat reddish light. So my question is - how is that form... and if there's a widely recognized perfect shape for these plants or are there different opinions? The way their plants (I assume still during the growth-phase) looked like they didn't have that many leaves, in fact they looked almost skeletal to me. I always thought that the more leaves you take away the more a plant will loose its ability to turn light into energy thereby stiffling its ability for future growth, but I could be very wrong on that... Another question I have in mind as of lately is regarding the big air leaves - those that grow as first and come out of the main stem. Usually in the middle of the bloomphase they tend to get yellow, start wrinklign and then subsequently fall out, from bottom to the top in that order. I wonder how much do these leaves actually contribute to the growth of the buds themselves? Or are they only related to the growth of new stems and leaves? Thing is, but that may as well only be circumstatial, these leaves seem to fall out once the plant stopped growing new budsites after around 4 weeks once flowering has started.