Stretched stems

I started my seedlings in inadequate light and created wimpy, stretched stems. I now have a 400-watt HPS and have staked the plants, but wonder if they will be strong enough to support growth. What is the best recovery method? Some have suggested planting them deeper, thus burying part of the existing stem. Is this a good idea?
Hillman,
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Staking the stems firmly is one way to deal with thin stretched stems. Now that the plants have adequate light, the stem will fill out and will soon be able to support the plant. Your friend’s idea to plant the stem deeper so that it doesn’t have to support weight for as long a span is another good way to solve the problem.

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