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  Quote Signum Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2008 at 21:26
Originally posted by Ganja

You should definitely expose your seedlings to a gentle breeze from a household fan (on the lowest setting). This will cause constant, gentle movement, which will quickly make the stems stronger.

Seedlings fall over like this when they are germinated in an environment with static air. In nature, the seedlings will experience a breeze from the first moment they emerge from the soil. With constant gentle movement, the stem strengthens like an exercising muscle.

If you want to attach your seedlings to a stick or toothpick while they are being exposed to the fan, you can use a 'twist-tie'. These are the strips of wire enclosed in plastic, that are used to tie garbage bags and to bind coiled power-cords in new electrical equipment.

Get a twist tie and wrap one piece several times around the stick. You should be left with a few centimetres of plastic-coated wire protruding from the stick at 90 degrees. You can bend this piece of the twist-tie into a hook. Now you can stand the stick in the growing medium your seedling can rest against the hook until it can support itself.

so for outdoor growing as well, it's good to start with a smooth fan as soon as the first green appears above surface?
my last grow had to be tied up constanly en might break, a strong stem is always better especially when you move your plants from sunny spot to sunny spot.....
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