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#1542912 I Started My Peppers!

Posted by MNXR250R on 05 April 2018 - 07:32 PM

Put more light on the leggy plants.  Wind doesn't make a plant leggy unless the wind is strong enough to blow away the light  :P .


You can't prune those seedlings.  There is nothing to prune.  Maybe I misinterpreted what you meant.


You can bury the stems after a transplant but from what I see in the pictures, I wouldn't worry about it too much at this point.  If you keep a breeze blowing on the plants they will get stronger... if given more light.


Happy Growing,



#1541801 Planning my first indoor grow, DWC, limited space - opinions please

Posted by MNXR250R on 01 April 2018 - 04:20 PM

clueless,  I use GH CalMag.  I suppose you could use Epsom Salt for magnesium, but you'd still need to supplement calcium somehow.  Just makes more senses to me to use CalMag and have it done in one shot.


I've used cheepo pH meters and they have worked out just fine. I've ruined a couple of those pH meters by letting them dry out between uses.  Best that you keep them wet.  Better still if keep them wet in a "reference" solution (used for calibrating the meter).


I can't comment on the dimmer. Personally I'd just run full power once the plants emerge. You can move the lights up away from the plants if you're concerned about light intensity. I think the whole grow/bloom control on a light is marketed to weed growers.  I have the VIPARSPECTRA PAR700 and turn everything up to "11". Taking care of the plants is enough to keep me busy so I don't need the extra fuss of trying to figure out dimmers/RED/BLUE cycles.


Last thing here is Rockwool cubes. They drain well so don't be concerned about over-watering. You really can't over-water them. I can tell you that if your humidity is very low, those cubes can dry out really fast !!  Keep them watered.


Happy Growing !!







#1541149 Planning my first indoor grow, DWC, limited space - opinions please

Posted by MNXR250R on 30 March 2018 - 12:51 AM

Clueless....  I'll take a stab at this one.


First off... you'll need a pH meter and a TDS (total dissolved solids) meter.  Can't really control the grow without these tools.


Next.... the light may or may not be enough. No way to tell unless you specify the exact light that you are using. The "watts" don't really mean anything. Watts are just a measure of the amount of power it uses. The light spectra is more important. And even if do you tell us what light you are using.... that doesn't mean that anyone has had experience with it.  You may be in the realm of "experimentation" (very cool).


The volumes that you specified should be fine. Note however, the less volume that you have in a system will require that you watch for changes more often. Like the pH shift could be drastic over a 24 hour period. Not saying it will....but


Air stones.  One per bucket should be enough. You just need to keep the nutes moving around inside of the buckets. It aerates the solution and keeps the surface slime inside the buckets from building up.


The number of plants you want to grow will really depend on the lighting and the nutes.  In you case (4) I would just go for it. If the light you have isn't enough, you'll see that fairly early in the grow. You can always add another light.


For the nutes.  This is where you'll have to be vigilant and attentive.  It will depend a lot on what water you plan on using. You can use TAP water, RO (reverse osmosis)water, distilled water or any combination of those types of water.  Fill your hydro system with water, add nutes and grow ! Just be careful of the ph.


You can read further below if you're interested in more specific direction. Otherwise, add the nutes to your system as recommended by the manufacturer of the nutes your purchase. One thing that you absolutely have to be concerned with is the pH of the nutrient solution. No way to get around this. If your pH is out of range, the nutes in the solution will be unavailable to your plants. Keep the pH in the range of 5.5 to 6.5 and all will be well.


So here is more information>>


IF... you are using any amount of TAP water, use your (new) pH meter and check the pH after you fill your system with water.  Add either ph UP or ph DOWN (buy these products) to get to a neutral pH of 7.0. Then use your TDS meter to get a base measurement of how many dissolved solids are in your system. This number will be in measured "ppm" (Parts Per Million). Take note of this number as it will be very useful in the future. (NOTE... TAP water can have a lot of dissolved minerals that will affect your TDS readings, so knowing these values will allow you to add just the right amount of nutes to your system).


IF you are using RO or distilled water, the TDS meter will read "0" or very close to it (make sure to actually read it to be sure), and the pH measurements may not be accurate because there are not enough ions in the solution......... ah forget that for now.


Now that you have your baseline TDS reading ("0" from RO or distilled water)(or if using TAP... whatever you measured previously) you're going to add the nutes to the system. I like to add nutes until I get 600 to 800 ppm of nutes. So for RO or distilled water, this means adding nutes until the TDS meters read anywhere from 600 to 800 ppm.  If (and I usually do) use TAP water, I add the 600 to 800 ppm of nutes to the previously measure ppm of the TAP water (in my case that is 400 ppm). So I end up with a TDS measurement of 1000 to 1200 ppm total.


Once you have the correct ppm of the solution, adjust the pH of the system to the range I said above... 5.5. to 6.5 using pH UP or pH DOWN. You'll have to check this pH daily until you get a feel for how the system reacts to it's environment. Initially you may not see any changes to the pH, and you certainly won't see any changes to the ppm readings while you plants are small, but things can get out of whack very quickly if you're not paying attention. If you use clear plastic hoses for example, you can get algae growth inside of the hoses that could cause you system to react very quickly. Prolly not going to happen.... but.


pH,pH,pH..... watch this more than anything !


So the last bit I have to say is about temperature and humidity. Unless you live in an environment where the humidity is extremely low, I wouldn't worry about the humidity in the tent as long as your tent is closed up enough to keep some of that humidity inside (humidity from the evaporation of the plants after they get going). The temperature inside of the tent can be trouble though.  If you're using your 130 WATT light, you shouldn't have a problem with the temperature inside of the tent unless the temperature immediately outside the tent is very high. If or when you add another light in the future though, the heat may become something to consider. The plants themselves can tolerate fairly high temperature, but when the plants get to the flower stage, high temperatures can be a significant problem.


Good Luck to Ya !!


Happy Growing,



#1540489 New Setup... Hots

Posted by MNXR250R on 26 March 2018 - 08:35 PM

Not sure that anyone is paying attention to this grow any more, but I'll add an update never the less.


The 2.5 x 2.5 tent is just too damn small for a 315W light. The temperature inside the tent was constantly pegging the 90degF mark.  So, I decided to take the same idea I had been using with this tent and setup, and move it to my 4x4 tent.


Same principals. Nutrient chiller, 5 gallon buckets for the plants (only two of them this time around) with a third buckets used for maintenance of the system. The remaining real estate in the tent is used for miscellaneous plant fun.


So far I have a great environment. Without additional humidifiers or heaters, I have a lights-on temperature ranging from 78-82 DegF (depending on the ambient temperature of the outside of the temp, and the humidity is between 60 percent and 75 percent. Lights are on for 16 hours a day.


Here are a few pictures of the newest plants. They have been growing for 6-8 weeks now.... maybe longer.



Jalapeno in Hydro... 5 gallon bucket. Plant is getting pretty big and has 3 dozen flowers/peppers growing



Two more Jalapenos, but these are in Happy Frog soil with a tiny bit of manure. 



A little Kale to with.... well to eat :)



Red Savina Habanero in Hydro.  This little plant took almost two months before it started dip its root into the hydro solution. Man it grows slow !!



Peas and Beans in soil. Experimental.



And a few Garlic plants just to see if it works inside a tent.


I have a couple tomatoes in very small containers which are also in soil. These plants have not done well in the small pots. I got a few fruits from them before they more or less shut down.


I'll add more information is anyone is interested.


Happy Growing !!





#1539750 Too many buds to produce fruit?

Posted by MNXR250R on 23 March 2018 - 04:06 PM

Just my 2 cents.  I do hydro, but this information should apply to soil as well.  I suffered severely from flower drop... and I mean like not one of the hundreds of flower I had on a Reaper would produce.  In the end what I found to work was cut WAY back on the nutes.  The way I figure it, if you give the plant everything it needs to GROW... then that is exactly what it will do... GROW !!


Cutting back on the nutes makes the plant switch into "I'm going to die soon so I should make fruit now" mode.  Nothing scientific, but it seemed to work.


Good luck !



#1537211 Germination - Root Fungus (?)

Posted by MNXR250R on 12 March 2018 - 09:23 PM

Agreed.  Once they sprout, move them to soil or whatever media you plan to use.


Nice pics !!   


Happy Growing,



#1536961 I Started My Peppers!

Posted by MNXR250R on 11 March 2018 - 07:53 PM

That's quite a list !!  Hope you have the time to manage all of those plants  :party:


The first plant on the list.... the Jalapeno... well that the little pepper for me !!  I also have the Red Savina growing in the tent. Other than the Bhut's I've never tried the other peppers on your list.


Happy Growing !



#1536954 Germination - Root Fungus (?)

Posted by MNXR250R on 11 March 2018 - 07:42 PM

Those little "hair(s)" are most likely (absolutely) part of the root.  Skip all that peroxide stuff and plop those little babies in soil !   Hooo Rah !!!


Happy Growing !



#1522340 New Lights

Posted by MNXR250R on 28 January 2018 - 11:45 PM

Hey Sizzle.  Based on what you have going, I personally recommend more BLUE in the spectrum. If you could, swap two of those RED LED's with two blue.  I know those things cost a lot but too much RED and you'll have  a "little shop of horrors" on your hands.... kidding !!


Blue for vegetative growth and red for flower( that is a generalization of course). That doesn't mean that you can get by with just BLUE's for growth and just RED's for flower.  You should balance the Blues'and Red's. More Blue's than Red's in the growth cycle, then change to more Red's than Blue's during flower and fruit. I ideally you should shop for "full spectrum" LED's and just run those from start to finish.  You can get a full spectrum LED for pretty cheap these days.


But if you win the lottery and have more cash to play with.... I'm going to recommend a Light Emitting Ceramic, or LEC.  I have a 315W in a 4x4 tent, and I am amazed at how well the plants do in that light. Plus, it's only 315 watts for it's fairly easy to control the heat.  Heat is a killer !!! (and so are those little Aphid fuc^kers).  Sorry for the implied expletive.


Happy Growing !!









#1521360 New Setup... Hots

Posted by MNXR250R on 25 January 2018 - 09:55 PM

Well it is a Happy New Year,..... isn't it ? 


I've been working on the new grow. Same tent, same lights, but a new layout. Instead of trying to grow three plants in the 2.5ft x 2.5ft tent, I've cut it down to one single plant. I ran out of space trying to grow more than one in this size tent.


I moved the "maintenance bucket" to the outside of the tent. Make for easier access when changing nutes, and I won't have to open the tent so often.


I chose to grow the Jalapeno in this tent. This is the pepper that I eat more than anything else.  I grew some really hot peppers just to say that I "Grew a Ghost" .... but those peppers just don't appeal to me. I can snack on Jalapenos while watching a movie. I can't do that with a Ghost (although I have Ghost Pepper flakes that I add to just about everything except Cheerios).


Nothing else has changed from the original setup. I have a 315W LEC light, a nutrient chiller, vent fans, humidifiers, etc.  I did add an Arduino based controller system to turn on/ff heaters, fans and humidifiers though.


To start the seeds, I used rock wool. It took 1.5 weeks to see the plant emerge, and another 1.5 weeks for the plant to start growing the true leaves. Damn slow growing even in a constant 80degF and 50% RH tent.


Rock wool dries out pretty fast, so to keep it from drying out while I'm away I've added a nutrient pump on a timer to pump nutes from the reservoir up to the plant. I'm using Hydroton clay pellets just as I did in the original setup.


Nothing else to add except this..... I will never... ever... ever..... bring a plant from the outside into my grow room. 


Happy Growing !!





New Tent Setup




New Jalapeno.jpg

#1519185 Time to start over

Posted by MNXR250R on 19 January 2018 - 07:32 AM

Very nice plants !  Two things that popped into my head while catching up... 


One.... why ADD ferts ?  


Two.... I had some trouble with flower drop on a hydro Reaper back in November. While I can't say scientifically what cured my problem, I can think of two major adjustments I made in the tent. The temperature inside the tent and the nitrogen in the nutes I was feeding. My plant was growing like crazy and dropping flowers until I made these two changes. Once I made the changes, the plant literally stopped growing upward, and started fruiting. Pollen flying everywhere !!!


But it ended up a sad story.  Aphids ended up taking over the grow, and I had to terminate the project.  Today I have a Jalapeno growing in that tent !!


Happy Growing



#1518484 working on my Arduino automatisation

Posted by MNXR250R on 16 January 2018 - 04:21 PM

floricole, very cool idea.  Be like having a garden on a spaceship with nobody aboard. 


That ACE editor background color would dive my eyes batty !!  Do like the idea of having multiple files open for edit.  I'm using Atmel Studio, and I just found out that I can "split" the screen so that one file is broken out into two editing pages/panes. VERY cool !!  Don't have to constantly scroll between two parts of the code anymore  :dance:


Got my ATMega set up now. Nothing permanent though. Still in test mode.  So far the system has one task, and that is to keep the tent at 80degF. Heater on at night and exhaust fan during lights on. Simple but effective for my germination project. So for three days now the temp inside of the germination dome (which is inside of the tent), has been between 80-80.2 degF.  Me thinks me very happy !


Have the DHT11 running too, but I don't have anything written for it yet. Should be a week or so before I get the humidifiers running.


Good luck !!







#1515981 working on my Arduino automatisation

Posted by MNXR250R on 04 January 2018 - 11:09 PM

With all of the work you have ahead, I'm not sure you'll have time to grow peppers !!! ?   Kidding of course :)


I've use Arduino for robotics and it can be a LOT of fun.  I had one project that used a digital compass, but I couldn't get past the 0/360 crossover with any degree of.... grace  :P   Other than that I had a fairly autonomous bot that would move without hitting anything.


Perhaps instead of a WDT, you could just perform a "restart" at sunrise or at a given interval.  If the code is solid, the WDT timer may not be needed since the function of the system doesn't involve any real danger. Just a thought.


Awesome Tech !!!   Good luck on your project.



#1510584 Growing through winter

Posted by MNXR250R on 11 December 2017 - 07:22 PM

I'm guessing that the day-time temps could get up high enough from solar energy.  I'd be worries about the night-time.  If it drops down to or below the 60F mark, the growth will slow quite a bit. If it get into the 40's, you could have a very very slow grow on your hands. Plants should "survive" with the heaters you have.


I wouldn't worry about the day-time light cycle as peppers don't care about it much.  Temperature is the key.


Looks like a setup that I should have in my back yard  :party:   Jealous !!!



#1510279 New Setup... Hots

Posted by MNXR250R on 10 December 2017 - 04:20 PM

Well the end of the year is here, and today I have to shut down my indoor grow.  I've been battling Aphids for the last 6 weeks and I can't take it anymore.  They have completely taken over the tent... both tents.


I plant to fully clean the grow room and the tents, then let everything sit idle for 6-8 weeks. I hope that this will get rid of those little bast@rds so I can have a good grow next time around.


Here is what I was able to take from the Reaper.... the only remaining plant. Every single pepper is green.  They have quite a bit of heat, but they also have a floral flavor. Not terribly appealing to me.  Might be useful in a salsa though.


 Until next time !!!!