How do I make the plant extend its main stem?

Discussion in 'Marijuana Plant Problems' started by Better Call Paul, Feb 12, 2018.

    Better Call Paul

    Better Call Paul Member

    I transplanted it a while ago and I put it low, hoping it would stretch more and I could add more earth, but she seems to stay short and bushy. I did the obvious and I placed it further from the 300w light. It was 9 inches and I dont know what it is now. She's an amnesia haze autoflower. Also, does she look heathy? Thanks.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2018

    AbeFroman Well-Known Member

    It looks healthy. But you will need to get more soil in there. There really is no benefit of using a pot that tapers in like that at the bottom, you are robbing it of root real estate for no reason. If it was me I would transplant or just take it out and fill with soil below.

    It will stretch more as it gets older, especially in flower. It looks like an indica dominant strain so the short spacing is normal at this stage.
    Better Call Paul

    Better Call Paul Member

    It's actually sativa dominant. Amnesia haze. And i will probably transplant it into a grow bag but how would I do it without disturbing the roots too much? Also, the pot doesnt taper that much, its only an illusion caused by the angle.

    Ablaze Well-Known Member

    It looks perfectly fine. You should be able to just pick her up and put soil underneath. Have no fear, when you switch to 12/12 she'll start to lengthen.
    Mass Medicinals

    Mass Medicinals Well-Known Member

    Transplanting is pretty easy. Even if she doesn't stretch. Gently wedge your hand between the base of the plant and the soil, flip the pot upside down. And gravity should help you get it out of the pot. Just partially fill the grow bag with soil, so that the plant will rest above the top of the grow bag. I try to transplant around when I would water the plants. I also don't give nutrients on the first day in the new larger pot.

    That's really all there is too it. Good Luck!!!

    dandyrandy Well-Known Member

    Show it seed catalogs.
    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    one trick for easy repotting is to do it right before you water, the soil being dry in the pot makes it slip out a lot easier.
    moving your light as far away as you can and still get results from it will help get a plant stretching. you can move it closer again once it starts to take off. also, the kelvin number of the light you are using will effect how much the plant stretches. the lower (redder) the number, the more it will promote stretching.
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    Better Call Paul

    Better Call Paul Member

    Do you think the peat moss I'm using will stay together when its dry?

    GeneBanker Well-Known Member

    Fill your pots more. Death Valley effect is real. Get them about an inch from the top. Usually the first line in a pot. Perlite will be good to mix in. It looks like your soil has none or very litle.
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    Better Call Paul

    Better Call Paul Member

    I didn't use any perlite because I don't have any and Im not quite sure where to get it but I will do my best to get some before i transplant her. What ratio would you recommend?
    Better Call Paul

    Better Call Paul Member

    Also, Adding more soil will be tricky as there is not much room between the soil and the first set of leaves

    GeneBanker Well-Known Member

    No when you transplant. Sorry shitty phone hit post before i typed about transplant
    Better Call Paul

    Better Call Paul Member

    Haha I hate when l that happens :wall::eyesmoke:
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    Lightgreen2k Well-Known Member

    Wait have, you ever grown a plant seriously.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018

    Cold$moke Well-Known Member

    Next time you mix up soil cut it with perlite at 70 dirt 30 perlite :)
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    the roots of the plant ought to hold it together, if it doesn't, either its too early and there aren't enough roots yet, or its too wet, and you should have waited for it to dry a little more.
    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    use straight sided pots, and fill them up, dump some dirt into the pot before you put your plant in it, so the bottom leaves are a couple of inches above the rim of the pot. mix in about 30% perlite to your medium. if you're using a peat based medium, you probably want to ph at around 6.3.
    peat retains water pretty well, so make sure they're drying out good between waterings.
    you can get perlite at almost any big box like lowes or home depot. walmart will carry it in the summer.
    if you have a place to store it, get the big 2 cubic foot bags, its cheaper that way, and it don't go bad
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