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#1 Laheat



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Posted 12 August 2019 - 10:55 PM

Hi all,

After a long layoff growing peppers I thought I was on the right track with this years return batch plan. I started a bit late here in California maybe around march I started off from seed with alternating Alaska fish fertilizer and epsom salt and things were going really great until I added a fertilizer recently with higher calcium to assist in fruiting the srp didnt like it and started wilting and blossom drop the scorpions did ok and finally back on track.

Sorry for the lengthy description but Im looking for some patterns in feeding that are reliable. Im still learning about the lime, potash, calcium bonemeal stuff just not sure I want to add anything else this season and cause any further setbacks. Soil is miracle grow moisture control

Thanks in advance

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 11:49 PM

The key is to feed weakly, weekly. Then build up from there. It would be really difficult for someone to give you a feeding regimen because there are too many variables and it's highly subjective based on individual growing conditions.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 12:17 AM

i like to go all in on either method, not really mixing the two or just doing a little bit of this or that. all in.

build soil with amendments/compost/organic material and you don't need to do much fertilizing throughout the season. as micro organisms process the decaying material nutrients become available.


use a complete hydroponic nutrient so you're sure the plant is getting everything it needs. then it doesn't matter what your medium is. examples masterblend tomato, jacks hydro, or lucas formula

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:31 AM

I missed the part where you stated what you are growing in.  Soil?  Containers? Other?


The rule with feeding peppers, is to keep it simple.  You don't need to get carried away, simple feeding produces great results, if all of your other variables are in check.  Some things you can't control. (like the weather)  For everything else, just understand the basics, and put it on autopilot.  Focus the attention (or urge to "fiddle") on things like comprehensive pest management, and let the chili growing stay as simple as it really is.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:53 AM

I missed the part where you stated what you are growing in.  Soil?  Containers? Other?


He said the soil was Miracle Grow Moisture Control.


I agree with keeping it simple, though. Most of your bagged soils like that are going to already include one season's worth of nutrients unless you are growing truly huge plants in too small pots. Point being that you probably don't even need to do feeding in that medium unless you reuse the same medium again next year.


I just wrote a post on my glog regarding my fairly lasseiz-faire approach to feeding and the results I'm seeing so far this year:




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Posted 13 August 2019 - 10:35 AM

These are being grown mostly in the plastic 5 gallon grow bags with a few in 10 gallon cloth bags, unfortunately most of them are getting root bound so I'll probably move to a 7 gallon next season. Thanks for all that responded I've got some good info for next season. Would it be ok to use the same soil next season ? 



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