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Plants stretching?

Discussion in 'Newbie Central' started by Hazhavoc, Sep 14, 2006.


    Hazhavoc Active Member

    Ok i got a few new ones and im wondering, when should my plants leafs start growing? cos they sprouted earlier today, so how high will they get before the leafs start growing? i dont want my plant to stretch so how can i make sure it doesent?

    big-chillin Active Member

    To stop stretching, if you have floresents move the lights closer to the plant, 1-2 inches. The leaves will come, the leaves will come

    Runagi Well-Known Member

    Ok, so I've got an idea what plant stretching is, but how do youknow when your plants are just growing upwards or if they're being stresed from stretching? What does stretching look like? My 5-day old babies are doing good, from what i can tell... The stems are long but the leaves are broadening out... Here's a pic.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Oh and i just lowered the right side of the ballast as close as i could... I got a cingular bar growing in my closet lol, so i guess ill just hang the light this way till the younger ones catch up?

    Anyway, what's stretching what does it look like and does it look like these guys are exhibiting it?

    Runagi Well-Known Member


    Picasso345 Well-Known Member

    Do you have a oscillating fan on them?

    BigBudBalls Well-Known Member


    When a seed first sprouts, you have NO clue to its genetics or what/how it will do.

    The first leave (when the seed shell cracks) don't count for crap.

    The second set start to support the plant. (first node)

    Its kinda useless to worry about a plant until the 3 or 4th node. (IMOHO)

    I'd be aware of the distance between the 2-3 and 3-4 node and looking for stretching. And when those first nodes start their own growth/nodes.

    Let the seedlings grow before worrying about them.

    I'd hold off on the fan until next set of leaves are *there* (not just peeking out) Although a fan is a bit subjective. CFM and distance and air speed are vast, so your mileag will vary (right now. I just grab my plant and shake it every time I check on it. But its belly height)

    Runagi Well-Known Member

    Yep, a cheap low power fan blows them about, my strongest plant is closest to the fan, but the air current is still able to 'kiss' the last few baby sprouts, so the wind seems to be keeping them eager to grow...

    Alright then, I'll just keep an eye on it. I though that the initial grow was stretching or could be stretching or w/e...

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