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What causes plants to stretch
    #20692 - 05/06/08 11:02 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Hey all, what causes plants to stretch towards the light and become skinny and undesirable?


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Re: What causes plants to stretch [Re: Nickio]
    #20703 - 05/06/08 11:28 AM (13 years, 2 months ago)

There can be multiple factors; ranging from not enough light ,lights too far away, bad genetics, bad soil.

The most common stretching, i have found, is caused by not having enough LIGHT. Depending on the type of lights you are using , you can keep a CFL [ compact floro ] very close to your plant , which will prevent the plant from having to stretch to reach the lights[ i would not recommend using this method if you have HPS or stronger lighting ].
If your plant has stretched too far already , and you wanna fix it -
Take a Straw, cut a slit down the straw, open it up , place it around your plant until it can stand on its own.
Also try to put a little fan on it , this will keep the wind moving across the plant thus thickening the stem naturally.


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Re: What causes plants to stretch [Re: elaspeinreason]
    #20745 - 05/06/08 12:50 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

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elaspeinreason said:
bad genetics




It doesn't necessary have to be "bad" genetics. Some strains naturally grow taller than others with the space between the nodes being naturally greater. :shrug:


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Re: What causes plants to stretch [Re: Sirius]
    #20785 - 05/06/08 02:43 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

poor light is generally the cause of stretching when your plants are in veg. It happens naturally in flowering because of the 12 hr dark period.


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