When it comes to defoliating and trimming your cannabis plant, we want to trim fan leaves only due to their large size, which can block light penetration to bud sites.
Check out the information below to help you easily identify the two different types of leaves on your cannabis plant!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Fan Leaves
- Sugar Leaves
What are fan leaves?Fan leaves are the large, primary leaves on a cannabis plant. Fan leaves are filled with flavor, resin, and other phytonutrients.
Why we trim them:Increase airflow & light penetration
How to identify a fan leaf?
Fan leaves have a longer stem (1-2cm), are larger than sugar leaves, and have very minimal trichomes
Left Side: Sugar leaf
Right Side: Fan Leaf
What are sugar leaves?The title “sugar leaves” comes from the white coating of delicious trichomes they have at the end of the flowering phase.
How to identify a sugar leaf?Sugar leaves can be easily distinguished as they are more hidden in comparison to fan leaves. Most times only their tips are peeking through the bud as shown in the photo above.
We don't trim sugar leavesWe don't suggest trimming sugar leaves until harvest as they are often covered in trichomes. They can be used along with any smaller bud, larf, and popcorn bud you may have to create butter and oils for your edibles.
Here is an example of a cannabis plant close to harvest time. You can clearly see the difference between fan leaves + sugar leaves.