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#1 Mildfruit

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 03:24 PM

Hi all pepper enthusiasts. 

 

I live in Scandinavian, or more precisely in Denmark, where unfortunately the weather can be pretty brutal. Ironic we currently have the hottest sommer I can remember. However, I can't rely on the weather all year round, especially because I don't have a garden. 

 

So I decided to upgrade my old windowsill garden, to a better hydro setup. This way I can grow year round :)

My setup consist of: 

Grow tent: Homebox Vista medium.

Light: Quantum board 260W LED. 

Drip irrigation system with drain to waste. 

Air intake: Black Orchide Ø 150mm

Air circulation: Secret Garden Monkey Fan 30W

Water pump: Micro-Jet MC 450 Oxy Pump

Medium: Rockwool 

The brain of the system is my Sonoff 4channel Pro with this I control everything by my phone, both light timers, water and circulation timers. 

 

Plants as of 12th July: 

Lemon Drop

Tabasco 

Thunder mountain Longhorn

7pot Primo (seeds from Troy).

Peachgum V3

Numex Vaquero (Jalapeno). 

 

Then I have a tomato plant and just started some strawberry seeds. 

In the next days im going to start a different tomato plant (Yellow pear) and plant seeds for Bahamian Goat(to replace the Longhorn)!

 

Now, to the exiting part, pictures! 

 

First picture is my whole setup. Grow tent, plants and water bucket. 

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Next we have a closer look to the plants. 

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Here we have the left part of the tent, with the lemon drop, tomato plant and Vaquero, you can also see the circulation fan.

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Right side of the tent. With Thunder Mountain longhorn, Tabasco, Peachgum, Primo 

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Closeup of the Lemon drop, I just harvested her today. Love this pepper. 

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Here is the Scoville King in the tent, the Primo 

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My Jalapeño (Numex Vaquero) I hope he produces more later, this is his first set of fruits. 

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Thunder Mountain Longhorn. Easily the best producer in the tent (contested by the lemon drop) but most fruits ripen up to be soft with black seeds :/ To be replaced by the Bahamian Goat in the future. 

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And my tabasco 

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This is my "tools"

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Some fitting decoration of the grow room 

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And lastly the system all works because of this little box. 

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My plan for this Glog is to hopefully grow peppers all year and I have some crossing ideas (Hello mr. Bahamian Goat) im planning to do here as well. Maybe some can assist with future hydro problems as well, as this is my very first time trying to grow this way :)

Here is the first few peppers from today going in the dryer! Along with some Gengish Kahns brain from the freezer. 

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 03:38 PM

To be replaced by the Bahamian Goat in the future. 

 

 

Everything looks so cool, but this caught my eye. Great choice of replacement!



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 03:42 PM

That looks more automated and tidy than my first grow, which was also indoor in a tent. Did you prune alot or is growth sufficiently regulated by the amount amount of rockwool?

 

I don't understand the automation entirely- what events do you trigger remotely or is everything per schedule and you monitor remotely?

 


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 04:20 PM

Very impressive! I love your system. 



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 10:38 PM

Looks great!  Fresh peppers year-round.



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Posted 13 July 2018 - 01:07 AM

Really impressive, enjoy those peppers.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 01:07 AM

I see that chilli focus stuff, what do you think about the stuff in hydroponics or better yet coco coir?

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 01:12 PM

 

Everything looks so cool, but this caught my eye. Great choice of replacement!

 

Thanks! yea, I never tried the Bahamian Goat before, but the internet is full of praise so it seemed right! I also like the shape and color :)

 

That looks more automated and tidy than my first grow, which was also indoor in a tent. Did you prune alot or is growth sufficiently regulated by the amount amount of rockwool?

 

I don't understand the automation entirely- what events do you trigger remotely or is everything per schedule and you monitor remotely?

 

 

I do prune every time I clean the tent, which is about once a month, not like a lot of pruning, only a few plants :)

So I have been thinking about making the air-circulation triggered by temperature, but im currently running them all day which keeps the temperature between 27-30 degrees celcius so no point in changing that, at least with these fans :) The light and pump run by timer, which is not ideal, as different plants drink different amounts, so im trying out a few methods to regulate water :)

 

Looks great!  Fresh peppers year-round.

 

 

Very impressive! I love your system. 

 

 

Really impressive, enjoy those peppers.

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Thank you all for the kind words!

 

I see that chilli focus stuff, what do you think about the stuff in hydroponics or better yet coco coir?

 

 

So I have actually never used chili focus in a hydro setup, that stuff is mainly for my windowsill plants witch I grow in soil + perlite :). I use the flora series combined with a cal mag solution. Someday I hope to install a reverse osmosis unit :) 

 

So yesterday I showed you my harvest, and after running the dryer for the night I made my very first chili powder! 

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To the left is my lemon drop made into some fine yellow powder! 

And to the right is the remains of my Gengish Kahns brain, oh dear did that one hurt to grind, I coughed like I was dying. At least the result is pretty! 



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Posted 14 July 2018 - 12:39 AM

That Lemon drop powder will be some of the best things you can do with peppers. Enjoy!

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 08:31 AM

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Today I received a package! 

 

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A much needed upgrade for my waterpump!

A digital scale, for measuring my new fertiliser I ordered yesterday (Masterblend). 

Lastly some net pots for a little kratky experiment :) 

 

My old waterpump had trouble to distribute the water for all plants. After installing my new pump I tried it out, and oh boy, they get all the water they need in less than 15 seconds :D. Now I have one month to experiment with the new pump to automate my setup for when im going to a congress in Argentina for 14 days.. 

 

Next, I wanted to try a cheap kratky setup with some lettuce and basil 

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This is as student friendly as it gets :D I didn't have a black box, so this is a transparent box with taped garbage bags around to reduce sunlight into the reservoir. Looking forward to see how effective this grow method is for greens, and also I loose up some space in my grow tent! 

 

My 3 new plants! 

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The first is my Bahamian Goat sprout, next a strawberry plant, and lastly my new tomato plant (yellow pear). 

 

Yesterday I also had the pleasure of making my very first Jalapeño poppers! From my Numex vaquero. 

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 08:51 AM

What Masterblend stuff did you get and where?



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Posted 25 July 2018 - 08:58 AM

What Masterblend stuff did you get and where?

 

I got it here: 

https://www.ebay.co....e-/182484693938

Its going to be shipped from the states, I couldn't find the stuff here in Europe. The bad thing is with shipping, im not saving any money going from flora series to masterblend. However I hope it will be easier to make up a new fertiliser batch than it is currently :)



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Posted 23 September 2018 - 06:22 AM

So, I got back from a surgical conference in Argentina, this was plantwise a bit of an experiment. Because that meant 14 days away from the peppers.

Luckily my watering system took great care of my babies, and when I came back to Denmark everything was still alive (well my strawberry plant died but whatever.). 

 

I have changed my nutrients to masterblend, (that took nearly 2 months before it cleared customs) and so far the plants are thriving. It have also made my life easier as I dont have to measure as precisely as before. I brought a weight and made some "pre-packs" that I have to dissolve in my feeding tank, it dosen't get much easier than this :)

 

Pre-packs:

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And if you scroll up a few posts you can see my tomato and bahamian goat sprouts. They grew up fast! 

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 You can even see some yellow pear fruits starting to develop. 

 

And my bahamian goat just got its last replant and is starting to look like a mature plant :) 

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The primo have also grown very big since last update, still no fruit, but lots of flowers. Im guessing a fruit will set soon.

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So.. I gave my tabasco an agressive trimming :D As you can see I nearly killed it, but if you closely you can spot some new leaf grow! This will be an on going project and my plan is to turn it into a bonsai tree :) 

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Here is a picture of my Numex vaquero after some verbal treats based on the few fruits. It seems to have picked up the slack since. 

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And here is my first ferment! This will hopefully make a great lemon drop hot sauce! End-result + recipe will be available when its done :) 

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Lastly an update on my kratky experiment. It went very very well. I harvested my salat the night before this picture, but you can still see the basil. Great way to use the last sun here in Denmark :) 

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And here is a sneak peak onto the next generation. 

4 out of 5 peppers have sprouted, the one im still waiting on (18days now) is the rocoto ultra pube. Im not sure if the seeds works, it was some I got in a seed swap a year ago on reddit. So if anyone have a small rocoto variety, please let me know, I have lots of seeds in my binder, that you may want to swap for :) 

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The others are: 

Spicy orange (NuMex) originally planted because I was disappointed in the harvest of my Numex vaquero. This have however changed since, so im not sure this will survive. 

Murupi Amarela, a white chinense from Brazil.

Jamy, to replace my lemon drop (maybe). 

Thai orange hot. This will be for the kitchen when I make asian dishes. 

  

 

 

 



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Posted 13 October 2018 - 12:14 PM

So just a quick update in the tent: 

 

My Bahamian goat have started its first pods! Very exited to try these! I think they may be ripe around christmas time, which would be a victory for me personally, as I started this glog to prove you can grow year long, even if you happen to live in a cold place as I do ;)

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My next plants have also come a long way since last update!! I have just purchased seeds for fatalii and a chocolate bhut jalokia. So I guess I will have to change out some of my exiting plants in a few months. :) 

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My ferment was bad unfortunately! I think for the next ferment I will have something to ensure the peppers dont go above the water level. Oh well  :rolleyes:







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