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U)<now

Member Since 07 Apr 2010
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Potting Up Sizes

08 February 2017 - 10:31 AM

Hey guys,

I'm considering going straight from cells to 6in "1 gallon" pots this year instead of solo cups, for the ones I'll keep for myself, to give me a little more room for growth since I can't put them out until mid to late May normally. The last big grow I did, I ran into all sorts of issues due to leaving them in solo cups too long, the roots actually plugged the drain holes in the cups and I didn't notice right away, and almost lost them.

Are there any issues to watch for when going to larger pots initially or just be sure to not over water?

Thanks

T.

Measuring PH

05 February 2017 - 08:54 PM

Hey guys,

What meters do you use/reccomend for testing water and soil PH?

Thanks

T.

How often to replace T8 bulbs?

02 February 2017 - 02:37 PM

Hey guys, I run my 6500k T8 bulbs 18 hours per day from February 1st to late May/early June. That's roughly 2160 hours per season and I have 2 seasons on them, so about 4320 hours so far. This year will be the 3rd season on them. They're still bright, but noticeably not as bright as new bulbs are. Should I replace them for optimal growing results?

I've read that fluorescent bulbs degrade not only in total light output, but spectrum can also change a bit as time goes on and they wear out.

Opinions?

Thanks,

T.

Seedlings Not Growing/yellowing

02 August 2016 - 10:44 AM

Hey guys,

My 3 super hots are not really growing and kind of yellowing. I moved them outside last week to see if that would help. They are on my covered front porch that gets just a couple hours of morning sun.

My jalapeño and habaneros that are 2 weeks younger are now way ahead of the super hots and I know they grow faster, but the super hots haven't grown at all in probably 2 weeks now. They were planted July 1st and sprouted by the 11th

The only difference is the super hots are in burpee organic coir seed start mix, and the jalapeño and habs are in normal seed starting mix. You can see the soil difference in the pic.

Maybe they are lacking some nutes being in the coir. I haven't fertilized them at all yet. Maybe too much water? Are these crosses just super finicky to grow? Seeds came direct from Butch Taylor.

Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated as this is kind of a practice run for spring 2017 with getting back into peppers again.

Thank you!

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U)<now's 2016/2017 Indoor/Outdoor Glog

09 July 2016 - 12:37 AM

Hey guys,

 

     I figured I'd start a late season Glog for my indoor (possibly outdoor for a couple months) grow since I didn't start anything this past spring. I posted some stuff in the Growing sub a couple weeks ago when I ordered all my seeds for my 2017 grow, but I wanted to start a few now to overwinter for a winter project as well as a head start for 2017. Currently I have a setup for 5 4ft T8 twin tube fixtures (10 bulbs) with 6500K bulbs right now as I don't normally overwinter plants so I haven't needed anything stronger yet... I only keep 4 fixtures on it for seedlings. I may upgrade to a Quantum Badboy 8 bulb T5HO, or a DIY COB LED setup, not decided yet, I need to do more research on the LED. I have followed a few DIY builds on here and people here seem to have good luck with their DIY COB LED setups and I have seen people growing to pods with both indoors. I don't want to deal with the cost or heat of MH or HPS. I guess the good thing about LED is they don't normally degrade or have to be replaced seasonally like T8 or T5 bulbs.

 

I only have room to start about 300 plants in the spring, The most I have started in years past was 288, so my list wont get much bigger for 2017, but here is my 2017 grow list so far. I normally start about 10 or so of each plant and give some away to my family members with gardens, Keeping only 2 or 3 of each variety for myself. I have all these seeds in hand right now, with the exception of a couple.

 

 

Jalapeno
Cayenne
Orange Habanero
Carribbean Red Habanero
Fidalga Preto
7 Pod Jonah Yellow
7 Pod Barrackpore
7 Pod Douglah
7 Pod Bubblegum
7 Pot Brain Strain
Trinidad Scorpion Yellow
Trinidad Scorpion Moruga
Trinidad Scorpion Chocolate THSC
Trinidad Scorpion Butch T.
Trinidad Scorpion Butch T.
Trinidad Scorpion Butch T./Reaper (BTR)
Carolina Reaper HP22B
Carolina Reaper HP22B
Chocolate Primo/Reaper (CPR)
Chocolate Reaper
Borg 9
Purple Naga Viper
Bhut Jolokia
CP115 - TS Douglah/TS Butch T Chocolate

 

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I started 4 Seeds from Butch Taylor on July 1st with a heat mat. Since I just have 4 I started them in 3 inch square pots instead of the smaller cells. Soil temp stays around 82F to 84F - 

 

Butch T. x Reaper

Chocolate Primo x Reaper

Butch T. Red

Carolina Reaper

 

I have a hook already today (July 8th) from the Butch T. x Reaper. You can see it in the pics below:   :dance:

 

 

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I will try to post an update with Pictures once or twice per week depending on if I have changes or not.

 

 

Thanks for looking!   :onfire: