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yield resistance of the surrounding cellulosic fibers. Plant cells in the apical meristem are isodiametric (spherical) at first and then begin to elongate as the cellulose microfibrils’ transverse orientation forces the cells to elongate as the cellulose resists outward pressure (imagine a balloon inflating inside a length of pipe). If you are not doing anything to change this, it is all in the genetic programming of the plant.

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Q: In the fifth week of flower, the strain I grow ‘fox tails.’ Is there something specific that is causing this that I can correct, or is it in the plant’s genetics and I’m just SOL?

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Plant cell elongation is caused by two physical forces: the pressure of water in the cell (turgor) and the

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A: I am assuming that by “fox tail,” you mean that the buds become airy rather than remaining dense (that is, internodal length becomes unacceptably long). I am also assuming that you are not doing anything strange — suc h as growing under some unusually blue source of light or applying hormones. Finally, I am taking a clue from the regularity you are indicating: you have reported that this always occurs in the fifth week, suggesting genetic tendency.

Remember that all you can ever do to grow great weed is to provide the conditions that allow your plant to live up to its genetic potential. After that, it’s up to the plant. Feeding a Poodle prime rib won’t turn it into a German Shepherd. That said, airy plants can still be quite potent — all you are missing is good looks (that’s what she said). You need a new strain if bag appeal is something you want. Q: Do LED lights work better than HID? A: Your primary objective is to provide a source of light that is intense in the 400–500 nm and 600 –700 nm color ranges at about 1200–1500µmol/m2/s1 intensity with the least amount of electricity. But, you may have other objectives I don’t know about. The answer to your question depends on the quality and intensity of the lights and your application. What are you doing?

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