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#161 Walchit

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 01:05 AM

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 01:07 AM

Plants are looking good :party:



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 01:19 AM

Thanks, there are some rough looking ones, but they should be coming back around once I get this dialed in.

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 04:59 AM

Geez, you should get one of those sprayers like they use for round-up. They work so much better, unless your trying to firm up your handshake... Lol

 

My forearms are getting pumped man! They're gonna be the size of my thighs before this season is over!

 

I just wore out a brand new spray bottle in 2 days. Spring gave out on the 4th watering!

 

 

Holy canoli! That's commitment right there! How long does that take you? 

 

About an hour and a half. It lets me delay bottom watering of the seedling trays about 3 days by keeping a little moisture added. I add about a teaspoon twice a day via sprayer. Then the soil dries to the point I have to bottom water every 3rd or 4th day (which takes 15 gallons, to get all 30 of the trays re-wetted.)

 

Bottom watering is a pain in the rear as my tables aren't perfectly level in the basement. So I have to take 30 trays off and lay them down on the floor in batches, add about 35-40 oz of water, wait a half hour and check how much has been absorbed, and go back add more as needed. Bottom watering, with the batches of 6 trays, and an hour per batch, takes me the better part of the day.

 

So taking a couple hours a day to hand spray to fend that chore off for a few days is worth it. At least that's what I'm telling myself. :)



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 05:06 AM

Thanks, there are some rough looking ones, but they should be coming back around once I get this dialed in.

 

They're looking healthy but it also looks like they're at the point now they will appreciate a bit dryer soil. I've found my seedlings REALLY took off when I let the soil get a little lighter. They can't soak up nutrients when it's saturated. Something to keep an eye on. You should be able to tell by weight of the cups, if they need anything. Temptation is to keep them on the wet side but they will do just fine (even better) if you let the soil get light between waterings. I let mine get powdery dry on the top 3/8" before I even think about adding water. This will also drive the roots deep, early on, and promote a lot of branching on them. They will seek out water deep and build stronger roots that way. If the soil is waterlogged you'll get shallow roots (they're trying to find nutrients where they can and will avoid really wet soil). 

 

I know it's not solicited advice so apologize if I seem to be butting in. Just noticed things were a bit on the wet side in photos. :)



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 07:16 AM

I hear ya, I'm not watering again till they are bone dry. Those pics were from when I transplanted, this soil mix seems to be drying out faster with some coir in it. And I got some fans on them, I had kept forgetting to buy one and Devv had to tell me how important they are! I had used fans before, I thought it was to strengthen the stalks... Guess with peppers it keeps the humidity off of them too. I had read about damping off, and know I'm a compulsive over watered, still got carried away! Lol.

My main problem was that I transplanted seeds that just had a little root poking out, right next to plants with cotys, and was trying to keep those wet. I really do appreciate the pointers guys.

And I only posted pics of my better looking plants, some are obviously overwatered

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