good evening Mr.Ak,
yeah.. pretty long time indeed.. hows it with you? how is the net house work and the plants? plz do update.
i had pinched the plants on top, not the first set of branches.
top pinching, then Ammonia, then Nitrogen = quick development of new shoots.
next i get about 3-4 new shoots, from which i select my favourites. how many to keep, this totally is my choice.
i had pinched the plants in my very first plantation. those times were different, no one had ever experienced Viral attacks that time.
the second plantation turned out bad as the viral infestation was heavy in our region, and i didnt know how it spreads and what it is. so lost about 20% plants to the infestation.
since then, i have never pinched the plants. i had changed my strategy then.
for my current Palladin, i have 2 main shoots, which further support 4 shoots. as shared, i have had major fungal attack, about 10-15% plants were heavily infected and the production and quality was getting affected. so i was paying more attention to the hygiene around the infected zones, got the infected leaves all removed, and kept 2 main shoots on the infected plants and around.
so about 10-15% of my plants now have 2 shoots, rest all have 4 shoots which i will continue to keep until i notice problem in the quality or production.
for Indra, i have 3 main shoots. so thats like 50% more. plus Mr.Ak, the plants naturally have so much power in them in the initial stage that i do not feel like pinching and training 2-3 shoots.
i keep the plants natural potential till the second set of fruits are completely harvested. then i start pushing the plants, then once the peak point is reached, and the plants start to loose their capacity, i keep only the strong and good shoots and trim the rest.
i think i said the same thing again and again, but thats what i follow.
the plant itself will tell you what to do. i just keep a close watch on the produce, and i'll know when the fruit quality is going down. then i try to increase the fertigation doze, add cultures, and the final step is to remove the weak shoots.