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  1. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    Updated fruit picture and an overview of the whole setup. I'm adding at least one more 5 gallon bucket, possibly more Some of the other varieties that made the cut: Chocolate Bell - Big fruits already, will probably be up potted to a 5 gallon Datil x Dracula (F2) - no fruits yet but plenty...
  2. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    We have officially switched over to the fruiting / bloom period I really didn't think it would get this far so I'm already excited Some of the supplies I got were: 5 gallon bucket, 5 gallon bucket topper, and a copious amount of hydroton I soaked the hydroton in water for a few days, it was...
  3. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    OK the mother has been chosen. pH of 6.0 ppm of 900 Up - potting the others, will get to the paprika soon..
  4. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    Well the peppers are angry to say the least I went on vacation and somehow left the person taking care of the plants with a SUPER hot mix of nutrients It was 8.5 pH and 800 ppm, most of the plants either wilted or got very angry and started to cannibalize the leaves I believe this is due to...
  5. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    Not too much exciting to report. Changed nutrients, haven't done any pruning. I added a second USB fan just for fun, the area is getting really crowded as the younger exotic peppers are starting to veg. I didn't plan to share the space but here we are Still procrastinating upgrading to 5 gallon...
  6. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    The project continues but I'm not excited about the progress. I'm not happy with the way the main candidate has responded to topping, it seems to be needing more nutrients. The leaf curling up continues and at the same time they are slightly etiolated I'll be feeding them soon. I'll get the...
  7. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    Topping and pruning day, along with nutrient change Finally addressed the pH. The water is really bad at 7.0 so with nutrients it goes sky high. I lowered it down with General Hydroponics (GH) buffer and managed to get the pH at 6.0 and the ppm at 600. Easy to remember if this works. Added 1...
  8. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    I've done some culling Switched to GH Maxigrow @ 800 PPM Finally tested pH at 6.9 so I will start using pH down with the next round of nutrients Some plants have started to thrive, we have 3 that are fairly perfect and another 4 freaks. So the official count is at 7 A nice candidate for the...
  9. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    I've moved them to their semi permanent home under the 100W Spider farmer light Amid a bunch of problems I have become disgusted with the performance of these FF nutes I've never used the Big Bloom for any serious grows before, and the organic matter has become disgusting I have no pearly...
  10. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    I added a little redneck eye protection to this project. The purple light is visible from the peripheral of my desk. Just used a little cardboard, wood glue and tin foil. Definitely don't need the foil but I want to maximize coverage with these weaker lights. The game of containing light, while...
  11. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    Time for a nutrient "flush" Going to step up to 2000 ppm and add Cal-Mag If I had a better eC meter, and honestly a better understanding of eC I would try and reuse my nutrients for seedlings etc. But I will most likely just throw them out Still haven't officially tested my pH OR moved them...
  12. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    Transplant day is upon us 12 seedlings moved into the solo cup setup I decided I want to put them back under the 50w lights so that they don't have too many changes in one day In about 3 days I'll move them under the 100w light Nutrients: Mostly Fox Farms Big Bloom, with a tiny bit of Fox...
  13. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    Purple pictures for updates Also started applying 800 ppm Big Bloom, just watering through and then collecting the runoff.
  14. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    Seedling Update: 9 sprouts have shown up, should be a few more. I'm only keeping 10 so nice to have a few backups. Solo Cups / Juvenile Stage The solo cup phase is almost upon us, unlike every other year I'm actually prepared ahead of time By far my least favorite stage as it seems to drag...
  15. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    A great surprise this morning, always a welcome sign. Looks like we got 3 of 14. I found a straggler very sad seed hiding in the envelope so the official count is 14 now, a much luckier number. Seems like several will be joining us in the next few days as well. Nice strong sprouts and no...
  16. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    The seeds magically arrived a week early Got them started in the standard setup, 13 in total. I added another 25w light to the setup which feels a bit excessive but we'll see Some Leutschauer stats: A lovely drying pepper that comes from Matrafured, Hungary. It has been grown there since the...
  17. Hydronerd

    hydroponic Hydroponic Waste Water disposal

    5 gallon buckets are a great size
  18. Hydronerd

    hydroponic Noob here, need advice for hydro

    There are a lot of feed charts on GH website and others https://generalhydroponics.com/resources/maxiseries-feedcharts/ I like to start with a very mild nute such as foxfarm big bloom, and increase with the "hard" stuff such as Maxigro little by little. Ensure you keep notes and by the time...
  19. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    Thanks for the interest everyone. While waiting for the seeds to arrive I'll detail the stages of growth, they don't arrive for a week and not very exciting for a few days after that Seed starting: I use these specific seed starting trays, which I use for microgreens, purchased in bulk quite...
  20. Hydronerd

    Paprika For Everyone

    About the Grow: The (hydro) spice must flow This year I am starting Pepper Joe’s Leutschauer indoors and transitioning them outdoors The entire grow will be using hydroponics Once finished I will produce several lifetime's worth of Paprika, also cornering the market I'm starting 10 seeds...
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