Hi everyone, this post is a bit odd because I have seen many people teach defoliating without scissors the wrong way, consequently the leaf comes off and so does a strip of stem about 6 inches long . So heres the technique.
Place your index finger ( assuming you have one ) snuggly under the leaf stem and against the stock. Place thumb and middle finger up the leaf stem and squeeze the leaf stem, pull with thumb and middle finger against the stalk. The leaf will just pop off cleanly every time. No ripping of bark.
I did all the dead leafing in a minute on this plant with not tearing.