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Harvesting Tips Ways to reduce stretching There are several reasons why
Tips for stem stretching marijuana plants may stretch.
Apparently, genetics play is a
major role in this. Sometimes there
is nothing you can do and the plant will create tall stems regardless of your
efforts to stop it. One example of a strain that grows tall both indoors and
outdoors is tropical and land race pure Sativa. However, you do have options
for ways to reduce stem height between the leaves.

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widens the stem while also slowing its vertical growth. Winds will bend the
stem, creating small rips in the plant’s tissue. You can also just brush the
leaves to simulate the effects of air circulation.

Light Spectrum

The type of light you use also plays a role in how tall your stems will grow.
Orange and red lights provoke taller, thin stems, but thick, short stems blue
light is best. Using metal halide lamps while the plant is in the vegetative stage
will produce short stems.

Another way to control the height of your plant is by using infrared light. You use
these when the lights are off. There is a black cloth that covers the heat lamp
reflector, which makes it so the infrared rays create the right results. At the
same time, it catches red light to prevent contradicting what you are trying to
accomplish. It is best to only use this light during the flowering stage.
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Growing your plants in bulk leads stretching. As your plant grows, the leaves
may easily start coinciding with the plant next to it. Over time, this causes the
bottom of the plant to be discolored and the sub-canopy will get darker.

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Stem stretching is the result of many factors, which include high/low
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Tips for stem stretching

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There are times when some growers like a bit of stretch since this is good for
avoiding bud rot in certain strains. But in most cases stem stretching is not
desirable.

During the vegetative state and the first two weeks of the flowering stage use
blue lights to reduce stretching. If your plant is stretching, refrain from giving it
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too much nitrogen. Instead use a fertilizer ratio of (2-2-2) at the beginning of the
flowering stage to keep the nitrogen levels average. Making an instant shift to
the normal flowering ration right after the vegetative stage causes yellowing.
Lastly, remember to use oscillating fans to help make your stems healthier.

Remember that plants with strong genetics have less change of getting sick and
are less vulnerable for diseases, deficiency’s, pest and environmental stresses.
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32 thoughts on “How To Deal With Stretching Marijuana Plants”

By Jon on 24 July 2014


What is the difference between indoor and out door seeds? Does it really
matter one way or the other? Reply

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By Budzila on 3 January 2016


BUDZILA here when is it a good time to start germination my seeds and
the best-known way to due so please. Reply

By David 1954 on 5 June 2015


Hi, Great reading well explained. Thanks. Reply

By Aniya on 11 June 2015


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By pat on 30 December 2015


Can you say the reasions y one plant turnes male and the rest are fine this
is at the start and the serds are femanised regards pat Reply

By Brian on 30 December 2015


I usually use a single t5 grow light for my seedlings until they get about 5
or 6 inches tall. Is this OK? I bought a 4′ 4 light t5 also for when they grow

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bigger then switch to a 400 watt HPS. How does this sound to you?
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By Stephan on 30 December 2015


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By Jennifer ILGM on 3 January 2016


Hi Stephan, Unfortunately the Bible is only available in as an e-book and
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By BrianK on 10 January 2016


just print it out and put in a binder, that might help =) Reply

By ruven golan on 30 December 2015


Please anyone have recommendations for supporting weak elongated
stems?

Is supporting by elevating the soil around the stem OK? Reply

By Jean on 31 December 2015


@Ruven, probably not. You can do that for things like tomato seedlings,
because all of those little “hairs” on the stem can turn into roots if they’re
covered with soil. I don’t know that cannabis has that ability, and so you
might be inviting rot.
Would probably be better to run some fabric strips or soft yarn from one
side to the other, supporting the seedlings between them. Like a sort of
lattice. If you’re using a greenhouse type structure, you could tie it to the
poles on either side. Otherwise, you could “stake it” in the soil around the
plant. Make sure not to let it cut into the plant. You want it to provide

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support, that’s all. Reply

By Richard on 31 December 2015


Tomatoes do produce adventitious roots almost anywhere along the stem.
They aren’t associated with the “hairs” you can see but the bumps that
form from the base up the stem. In fact, when I transplant tomatoes, I lay
the plant on its side in a trench turning up the growing tip. The root
system then develops along the buried stem.
To my knowledge, cannabis does not have that capacity. Robert has
promised an article on cloning (I haven’t found it using the search engine
associated with his site). I’m sure the process will be similar to rooting
common garden plants with woody stems.
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By Jennifer ILGM on 3 January 2016


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By Bob Smith on 28 February 2016


Say there Ruven:

I use bamboo stakes and narrow green tape and tie them loosely. The
tape is available in most grow stores.

Also there is a product called “Silca” Several companies make this and it
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works to build stronger stems. I also use Amino acids and that is helpful.

By Art on 17 May 2016


Tie to 3,4 or 5′ stakes. Bought at any grow shop. If you need shorter
stakes cut to size Reply

By Jean on 31 December 2015


“Not having the proper amount of light will lead to stem stretching. As a
result, the seedlings will grow tall, thin stems because it is trying to access
more light. As a solution to this problem, give it a more intense light

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schedule or you can place them nearer to the light. Once you have done
this, the stems will grow thicker and do much better on their own.”
^^ This is the most common thing when it comes to stretching of any
seedling, not just cannabis. People all too often don’t realize they need to
put the lights pretty close to the seedlings, like, within a couple inches,
and from the very beginning of the process. Otherwise, they will stretch
quickly, and you can’t really reverse that. Reply

By Lucinda on 31 December 2015


I treat mine like tomatoes and if they stretch I bury them deeper just like a
tomato plant, but only in the seedling stage. Mine always do well and
have more roots because I plant them deeper to cover the stem. Reply

By Richard on 31 December 2015


Robert,
A quibble and a question about light:
There have been two changes in the way artificial light is designated.
Lumens has replace watts as we’ve moved away from incandescent
lamps. And with the advent of tuned LED’s “degrees Kelvin” has replaced
the familiar white, warm white, blue, etc.
The question concerns the description of light color. Could you, even if
parenthetically, define your color recommendations in degrees K? As for
LED’s: as they become more reliable and cheaper, and since they can be
precisely tuned during manufacture, is there a reason not to use these
bright yet relatively cool running lights? Reply

By latewood.ILGM on 4 January 2016


Richard,
We still measure lighting in watts and lumens. What has happened is that
the LED industry is so Non-Standardized, that it actually takes buying and
experimenting with the different brands in order to realize at what values
they function. I use HID digital lamps, and T5 for propagation. LED is still
too expensive and has too many misleading ratings for me to invest at
this point.
Best advice I can give you is to join our Support forum and open a
discussion with some members and experts who use LED lighting.
Peace, lw Reply

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By darryl on 5 January 2016


to growers, i used led 200 watt for seedlings, but my light is about half way
of my tent due to plant stretching and it works for me, once i start on my
forth nod i throw them into a bigger tent with less mix color also i run them
about half way of my tent. i guess is that how tall and how wide your tent
may be, take that into consideration that it also plays a part into stretching
of your plant. at one time i started my seeds and threw them into my big
tent with mix leds it didn’t produce anything for my seedling also so i have
put them into my germ tent and it started to grow so i guess light plays a
important thing when your germ and plant stretch Reply

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By Itsme on 29 September 2016


Side by side plants in 5L pots using the same soil and sharing a 1.5m LED
grow strip light. One plant shot up and the other stayed short and bushed
out?? Had to raise one end of the strip light just about every day to
accommodate the tall plant. After 45 degrees I gave up and put the tall
plant outside. Kinda late in the season as the days are getting shorter.
The two outside plants are budding like crazy and I’m hoping the tall one
will start. Next spring I’m going to plant all of them outside. This group
was just an experiment. Reply

By Eric Bowers on 30 September 2016


The solutions only cover indoor grows. When growing outdoors, someone
want to explai how to get it closer to the light? Lol. But would be great info
if I was growing indoors. Reply

By latewood.ILGM on 3 October 2016


Put it on a Large pedestal!? LOLI guess it is too bad you are not growing
indoors, LOL. Reply

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By Darren Kirk on 4 December 2016


Ive just stated to grow,and ive got 2little seedlings,I only have a 400w bulb
so I have been putting it on for 2hours a time to heat my little cupboard
then I put it off.I do this 3times a day and they have grown to about 2″-3″
stocks with 4little leaves,im worried if the stocks r too big or if I should
plant them into a bigger pot,sorry I should have said that I used riot root
cubes thats all they r in at moment can anyone advise me Reply

By latewood.ILGM on 5 December 2016


Darren Kirk,
I do not understand why you are only running light 2 houes…
Light should be on 14-18 hrs per day, and off the rest.
Stretching is due to plants reaching for light. Best way to prevent
stretching is to invest in a T5 lamp with at least 4 bulbs. You place a T5 1″
above seedlings, and they do not stretch. Your stretching appears to be
due to”no light’ at all.
I advise you to join our support forum where you can learn from our many
helpful and friendly members, and experts alike.
Happy growing! Reply

By j cameron on 14 January 2017


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