Definition - What does Delarfing mean?
Delarfing is the process of purposefully removing larfs from cannabis plants. Larf is a slang word used to define immature cannabis buds that have not reached their full potential in fully grown plants.
Larfs are present in the form of small flowers on the lower branches of plants. They live in the shadows of the bigger flowers (colas). Due to the lack of light they receive, larf buds don't have a chance to fully form.
Delarfing plants helps the plant produce higher yields of valuable buds simply by removing non-essential parts of the plant that use grow room resources but aren't very valuable.
Hydrolife explains Delarfing
Delarfing is recommended if you happen to see larf buds on your plants. Delarfing increase the productivity of cannabis plants, allowing the plant to reach its full potential. Delarfing helps increase plant productivity because it allows the plant to redirect it's energy to the larger buds.
Larfs are seen as a disadvantage in marijuana plants because they have a lower concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes. However, the resulting plant material after delarfing does benefit the marijuana market.
For example, larfs can be used towards the production of cannabis cigarettes (joints and blunts). Plus, larfs can also be used for direct consumption at a cheaper price, despite producing weaker effects in comparison to dried bigger buds.
Despite finding uses for larf plant material, larfs are not as economically viable as cola buds for marijuana growers. This is why marijuana growers work hard to reduce the growth of larfs from the get go. This involves removing fan leaves, and canopy management solutions like staking, pruning, supercropping, and rotating plants and lighting systems.