Good to hear form a few growers already. Awesome.
LOCATION: I am in Southern California Ventura County area and we have pretty consistant temperatures throughout the year. We have had a couple hot spells in the last few months, 80-85, with an occasional 90 degrees. It has been hotter toward the back half of the afternoon this year down here. Temps have been averaging 70-5 degrees. It has been some really nice growing weather.
This grow is a trial to compare soil grown green and red bell peppers with the same varieties grown in pots in the semi-hydroponic media coconut coir. The pot size is 11 L. The system is on drip irrigation with automated irrigation and fertility injection. The timer runs irrigation 8-10 times per/day with fertility. The fertilizers are in stock concentrate tanks injected with dosatrons at ratios 1:200 - 1:128. There are two stock tanks to separate non-compatibile fertilizers making it an A + B program. I also run sea kelps/plant hormones with micro organisms through a third dosatron.
I reduced the number of plants in the trial so I through in some manzanos for kicks. I think they are orange or yellow, I'm not sure!
I will put dates on all the photos for reference. I will also put days post transplant below the plant photos; it will look like PT-13, meaning 13 days post transplant.
Here are the photos , with some captions.
JUNE 18 2016 setting up the manzano area and filling/flushing the coir. It has an initial high Na content so it needs to be flushed to a lower salt concentration before you can plant in it.
JUNE 22 2016 Transplant day. The transplants came in a little lanky, but all in all they looked really nice.
JULY 16 2016 PT-24
AUG 13 2016 PT- 52 AN OVERVIEW: a shot of the total grow out and a more close up of the manzanos. You can see them in the back upper left in the first photo