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    plants too tall!!!!

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    My lovely ladies are getting too tall for my ceiling!!! They are 4 weeks into a 12 week flowering cycle and I have already raised the lights as high as they go. I gave them bushmaster last week and it slowed the growth but I don't think it has stopped it. What do I do know? Do I absolutely have to top them? How much should I cut off? Just until they are no longer in heat or do I have to cut more to allow them to grow? Should I just determine the maximum height and keep topping as they exceed the limit? Please help.
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    What if I were to clone the tops? That way they could still have the time they need to mature. They wouldn't be directly under the proper grow lights but I may b able to stick a couple extra fluorescents above them.

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    Don't know your set-up, so this may not help much...

    Can you place the taller plants to the right, and keep the light to the left, and tilted? Would end-up side-lighting the taller ones, but it may buy you enough room to finish without topping 'em, and side lighting still keeps 'em going. (albeit a tad crooked)

    I wouldn't keep topping them as needed. The stress could force 'em into hermaphrodism or death. No chance of bending and tying the tops down a bit? At 4 weeks into flower, might be a tad tricky, and the top may snap off. If it does, keeping it as a clone is an option, but it will take longer to revert back to veg cycle and to take root.

    Cutting a hole in the ceiling for more headroom isn't an option, huh...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Trichome View Post
    Cutting a hole in the ceiling for more headroom isn't an option, huh...?
    i vote for that!


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    Was just kidding folks, please don't cut holes in someone else's property.
    (ya never know...)

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    I would suggest using LST(bending the tops). Just make sure you water prior to each bending session, as this will make the stalks more flexible (sturdy stalks cause for problems in flowering). Common advice is to unbend the plants at two weeks before harvest.

    Any pics would be sweet!

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    LST a plant should be done two weeks PRIOR TO FLOWER if i'm not mistaken. bending the tops over and tying them is not quite the same thing.

    the point of LST is to bend the main cola down so the growth hormone is sent to the other nodes and those nodes then begin growing up and searching for light.

    once your plant hits flower it stretches for ~40% of the time and then fattens the last 60%. not that it doesn't grow at all during the fattening phase, it's just minimal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DOUGAL25 View Post
    I would suggest using LST(bending the tops). Just make sure you water prior to each bending session, as this will make the stalks more flexible (sturdy stalks cause for problems in flowering). Common advice is to unbend the plants at two weeks before harvest.

    Any pics would be sweet!
    Thank you so much for the suggestion. I don't know why I didn't think of it myself. Much better than hacking the most beautiful flower off. Here are some pics as requested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Trichome View Post
    No chance of bending and tying the tops down a bit? At 4 weeks into flower, might be a tad tricky, and the top may snap off. If it does, keeping it as a clone is an option, but it will take longer to revert back to veg cycle and to take root.
    You're welcome.

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    Looks like they're doing well for 4 weeks into flower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killerweed420 View Post
    Looks like they're doing well for 4 weeks into flower.
    Thank you. It's amazing with how much these ladies have been through. I think the fact that I play beautiful spiritual music on a daily basis has helped them to thrive. Gnats have been terrorizing their roots and I just have not been able to keep them away. They were in the soil I was using and have infiltrated everything. I will be trying azatrol and fly paper today. Hopefully that works. Anyhow, kinda rambling now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stankyhippie View Post
    Gnats have been terrorizing their roots and I just have not been able to keep them away. They were in the soil I was using and have infiltrated everything. I will be trying azatrol and fly paper today.
    I think i heard from somewhere that putting a layer of sand over the dirt will stop the gnats from laying their eggs in your soil...

    Anyone else hear this?


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    That's a dandy little grow room. Your girls look very happy there. I think I could be, too.....

    I think i heard from somewhere that putting a layer of sand over the dirt will stop the gnats from laying their eggs in your soil...
    Weezard said that worked, but was a PIA if you hafta transplant. (Hopefully not an issue here). I've used paper plates with a slot cut to a stalk-hole. Weez has done the same with reflectix--really any barrier to keep the winged adults from laying eggs in the soil.

    But my fave is like a buck-two-eighty at Ho-Po:
    plants too tall!!!!-img_0997.jpg

    Hang them someplace where you're not gonna get yerself caught in it-- like Br'er Rabbit.
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