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In Topic: Diagnosis help?

17 April 2019 - 11:23 PM

I start all mine (50 this year) in Kraty containers with half-strength nutes.  I use Maxigro for the first couple months (then Masterblend, Cal Nitrate, and Epsom salts) which works great.  It comes dry with  scoop, and you use a teaspoon per gallon for the first month or so (I actually start a quarter strength till they have a few sets of true leaves).  


Overfeeding can cause "nute burn" (do an image search), and I've found that using a little less nutes doesn't seem to bother peppers.   


You method is similar to Dutch buckets.  Perlite holds more moisture than Hydroton, so yes, I think increasing the watering would be a good idea.  But I'd also take it easy on the nutes at the same time.  The leaves are more likely to droop if under watered, and yours don't look so bad in that regard, so consider that this could be nutrient burn.


Good luck!

In Topic: Diagnosis help?

17 April 2019 - 10:17 PM

What grow medium are you using (e.g., perlite, rockwool, etc.)?  


I think peppers do best with Kratky, DWC, or Dutch Bucket hydro techniques.  With Kratky and DWC, the roots are constantly submerged.  With Dutch bucket, the roots are drip irrigated regularly (I drip constant, others stop the drip at night - depends on media and temperatures, etc.).


8 minutes sounds like way too little.  Especially as they are getting bigger. 

In Topic: Southern California Pepper Pest Control Advice Please

17 April 2019 - 08:55 PM

I bought some bacillus thuringiensis that is apparently very effective against hornworms.  I bought it last year because I saw a lot of sphinx moths in spring.  But I don't think they were the sphinx moth species that produce tomato hornworms, because I didn't have any.  Anyway, maybe look into BT if hookworms are a problem for you.  And you can also buy ladybugs, shipped to  your door!

In Topic: Next to My Chair

30 March 2019 - 03:39 PM


In Topic: Next to My Chair

30 March 2019 - 02:28 PM

Re: leaf spot.  If the plant is otherwise doing well, I would touch up the affected leaves with a green/chlorophyll marker (temporary measure).  It is always best to figure out the "why" and address that, and not the symptom.  Ditching would be my last option.