Sometimes seed coats get stuck to cotyledons and make them grow into weird shapes or have missing parts. Nothing to worry about - they don't have to be pretty. Once true leaves emerge they should start looking normal.
This^^^ Those all look like the seed shells got stuck on them for a bit and pinched the cots while they were growing. This is the reason for the funny shape and brown tips. They'll be fine. Nothing wrong with them.
My new growth is definitely greener than the older growth. However, I think they ran out of food quicker than I planned for in those little tray cells and the organic seed starter mix. They have been potted up to solo cups for a couple weeks now in the organic pro-mix and started to grow a lot more and the new growth looked great, likely in part to the fresh mix having fresh ferts. My jalapeños exploded in growth and are 3x the size they were 2 or 3 weeks ago, but now are turning really yellow and dropping leaves. I think they need fertilizer so I got some basic miracle gro plant food, 24-8-16 and gave them half teaspoon per gallon of water with tonight's watering. I fertilized my two OW plants in the 1 gal pots once or twice a few weeks ago and they took off, then I stopped and now they slowed down again, so I think it's what they've been missing all this time. These organic mixes just don't feed more than a couple weeks from what I can tell.
I looked at my old grow log pics from 2013, 2012 and 2010 back when I used the same lights, same water, but used miracle gro potting mix with ferts in it and my plants were huge and healthy at this same time of the year and I never had to fertilize til they went out side. Since lights and water were the same, the only variable is the potting mix used, and the main difference there is the amount of ferts in the mix. So I'm betting they are hungry.
I also raised my lights quite a bit as the new growth on the Reapers and Reaper crosses is turning purple again. So lights are now at 14" off the table, which is about 7 to 8 inches above the plant tops.
My replacement seeds from THSC came in. They did not have Douglah's in stock though, so they sent 7 Pod Brown instead. I got those all sowed tonight. That is the last of the sowing for me for peppers since it's about as late in the season as I can start here. With that, I updated my grow/germ list also.
Anyways, here's some update pics :-)
Took them out of the tent for better pics, you can see how yellow the older growth was compared to the newer growth...
The big fella here is a Yellow Scorpion CARDI. For whatever reason, he's loving life and chugging along.
The Mutant Hab... still doing its thing!
Panorama pic of the whole family!
Updated list. Updated quantities and dates of the varieties I had to re-sow today...
Plants all motoring along now, by day on the windowsills and by night the ones that still fit getting a top-up tan.
Río Huallaga Rocoto has gone up like a magic beanstalk after potting on!
Yorkshire Barghest F1 is quite simply a beast...
Scotch Bonnet MOA not far behind.
Topped Lemon Drop for growdown challenge recovering nicely, hoping this pays dividends later on in the season.
Aji Bodysnatcher F3 starting to set first buds, growing well.
First pod of the year forming on TS CARDI who is rocking along!
Greenhouse has been cleaned out, decks swabbed and windows cleaned - all ship shape and ready for my plants! Autovents not working after reinstalling them, have sent off for a replacement cylinders from ebay, hope they fit. Daytime temps are so, um, tempting, but low night temps still too.
I'll be sowing toms and planting potatoes soon, roll on spring!
I agree . i use pro - mix equivalent , it has perlite in it , but i always do a 1/3 perlite to 2/3 of the soil regardless that it has perlite already , O'l friend taught me that , better root aeration and better to be on the dry side water a little often than for them to stay wet long , and grow soil bacteria . But as for the green on some I have a few that do that every yr. this yr. no different . I believe its more genetics .
I'll definitely add perlite when I pot them up again.
Quick Sunday germ list update - Organized my list alphabetically by variety for each type and added hyperlinks for each also.
Bunch more popped. Still big fat zeros on the Chocolate Habs, Bhuts and Chocolate Bhuts. from this batch. Its barely been 9 days, but my experience so far this season tells me if I don't see at least one sprout in the first 14 days, chances are I wont get anything. Hopefully I get at least one of each of those.
Thought i'd pop in for a minute , and yep all is well , Glad to see things goring to par . Your well on your way !
Thank you good sir! They are not as dark green as I'd like to see, but they are growing. Bottom leaves on some of them are a bit yellow for some reason. I cut back my watering amount since this pro-mix ultimate organic mix holds water pretty long. I was giving each tray of 15 solo cups 2 quarts of water when it was time for watering, but I cut that in half to one quart of water now since this soil holds water for days. I thought about adding perlite to it once I opened the bags and saw the mix, I probably should have. Oh well, my cut back on watering should help. Since the surface is almost always dry, I usually go by feel/weight of the cups.
I watched the video the other day. It's a good comparison. Just be careful with some of those nutes. Some of those numbers are high in the npk. I learned that the hard way. More is not better.
You've got quite a few sprouts. Do you pre soak?
Everything looking good.
Ok, I'll do a bit more homework before I decide what to go with for nutes.
No pre-soak, I figure what's the difference if they sit in water for a day, or sit in dirt that's pretty wet for that same first 24 hours. (Unless you're adding something to your water like some do) This gets them in the dirt a day sooner, and one less time handling the seeds, which saves time for me.
My process is this, I fill a 5 gal bucket about 2/3 full of seed starter mix, ( gets me about 3 trays full) then pour in 1 quart of 90F water and mix it all up by hand. This warms the soil a bit and gives me a moisture content where if you squeeze the dirt, it'll hold its shape, but no water runs out. I then fill my cells, poke a 1/4" deep hole in each, put 1 seed per cell and cover them up. Then I spray a full 1 quart (32oz) bottle of 90F water onto each tray. My fingers are pretty sore after dirt day, lol. From there, I put the domes on each tray and put them on the heat mat at 85F. I typically see sprouts by day 5 or 6 and end up with about 80% of what's going to germ by day 14 or so. My tomatoes germ'd in 3 days. Overall germ rates per variety varies of course. So far this year, I've landed around 60% to 100% germ rates per variety.
It's also worth noting that seeds from Comercial companies (ie: Burpee) always seem to have a 99% to 100% germ rate. I wonder if they treat their seeds with something or have a method of only selecting the best seeds?
Seeds are popping from the new batch already. Only 6 days since hitting the dirt for these ones and they're some of the ones I worried would be harder to germ. I did increase my heat mat to 85F this round though. First batch was at 83F.
Blue Christmas, Aji Pineapple, Bubblegum 7 and Orange Fatali all started popping. Also got a few from the Sweet banana's, Bell's and Pepperoncini's
Congrats on the tomato sprouts. Nice pics of the plants. Mutant Orange, looks to be mutant for sure. Time will tell. I'm growing the mutant candlelight. I can see it's trying to show its leaves. Definitely different. The little sprouts are doing good. Looks like leaves are starting to swell.
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you sir! I think I'll wait about 3 more weeks til around 1st week of April and then start feeding them really lightly if it looks like they need it.
Since I bottom water now, I might try some of those hydro nutes that Khang Starr uses. His experiment videos show insane growth when using them. Plants basically tripple in size over a 3 week period vs the control plants with just water.
Check out this video if you haven't seen it already. 6 minutes is where the 21 day results are shown.