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PostSubject: Stretching?    Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:04 pm

Hi folks!
So my echinocactus grusonii seeds have sprouted and I'm concerned they are stretching.
Apologies for the photo its the best I could get.
I may be overreacting as its my first lot of seeds but would really appreciate your advice.


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PostSubject: Re: Stretching?    Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:13 pm

Cactus seedlings don't look much like the adult plants and the seedling body can certainly be of different proportions. If it continues into the spiny new growth then give more light.

Depending on what sort of camera you're using this might or might not be helpful, but some digital cameras (even small cheap ones) have a function where you can take macro images and this is really useful for small things that the camera doesn't want to focus on in normal modes. It can be hidden is a menu somewhere so might be hard to find (and also might not even be there depending on the model) but have a look and see if it is of use to you.
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PostSubject: Re: Stretching?    Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:36 pm

Probably a bit soon to tell, give it a little while. If the seedlings look like they're starting to lay over, then your fear may be confirmed. Even if they do etiolate a little in these early stages, if you catch it soon enough, you're unlikely to notice it in a few months.

As Cereoid said check for a macro setting on the camera - it usually has the symbol of a flower.
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PostSubject: Re: Stretching?    Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:16 pm

this looks pretty typical of seedys.
yours are a healthy green so if your concerned move them into more light... they will tell you if its to much light when it happens.
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PostSubject: Re: Stretching?    Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:38 pm

I wouldn't worry. Stretching or odd looks (excluding obvious mutations) in the seedling stage has never effected the overall look of any seedlings I have planted. Once you re-pot and put them out in your collection they usually correct themselves very quickly.

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PostSubject: Re: Stretching?    Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:57 pm

Thank you for the replies, had a feeling I was overreacting.
Am planning to slowly introduce them to more light over the coming weeks, so far I'm really happy with their progress.
Got a whole new batch of seeds to plant tonight, which I am very excited about!
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