Late pruning

I have a White Widow plant growing indoors that is going into its final stage of flowering (it is due in about another two weeks). However, as a first time grower, I think I made the mistake of allowing the plant to keep too many branches during the flowering process, and this two-foot tall plant is almost two feet wide and has well over 50 flowering heads. As a result of this, the main tall branches have not budded out as fully as I would have hoped, while the majority of the buds are small and relatively insignificant.
The plant looks very healthy, and is covered in crystals! What can I do to increase the yield at this late stage? The cycle is set at 11 hours of light (down from 12) and some of the hairs are just beginning to turn brown. If I cut some of the smaller buds off, will it help the larger ones grow?

Alex,
London, England

The smaller bud sites should have been removed from the plant twice: Once at a week before forcing, and again two weeks after lighting was changed to force the plants to flower. Pruning at these times helps to direct the plant’s flowering when the time comes.

It is too late now to prune branches in order to increase the yield. Pruning now would not increase the size of the remaining buds at this late stage. The plant has already put most of its energy into the larger number of smaller buds, so you might as well harvest them. After all, they are covered with glands.

Reducing the light from continuous, or 24 hours of light per day, to 12 hours triggered flowering. It was a signal to the plants to transfer energy from growing vegetatively to producing flowers. The lighting does not need to be lowered to less than 11-12 hours.

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