No,no,no you’re talking about defoliation now. I was wondering why your plants are dropping so many leaves?Come harvest, I don't want my buds full of Nitrogren, maybe you do?
you remove most the fan leaves in late veg/ early flower, I reduce the food in late flower(5th week) so the plants get rid of the unneeded fan leaves.
The results more or less the same, no body wants a full canopy of leaves a week before harvest, could cause high humidity in the canopy and this could cause bud rot, also this will reduce the light getting to the lower bud sites and ripening them, resulting in airy buds.
last 7-10 days in flower is the ripening stage, the plants starts to shed lots of fan leaves and the plants coming to the end of its life.