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Offline mickyp

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Re: Growing time disappointment
« Reply #30 on: March 11, 2019, 01:32 PM »
You should be proud of that crop of chillies, good effort. How are you going to dry your `kashmir chillies, then will you just grind them up as required?

I have a dehydrator, I will then just grind in small batches

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Re: Growing time disappointment
« Reply #31 on: March 17, 2019, 02:23 PM »
Update: the remaining 5 seeds from my original 6 batch have sprouted and been potted up. Now I have one which shows two tiny leaves above the soil and two which are just in the process of bursting through the soil.

I’ve taken the advice above about temperature, but how important is light?  I’ve dangled an led lightbulb above the little seedlings, but it’s only a 3W 250 lumen bulb.  I see LED grow lamps on eBay with red and blue leds and rated between 600-1000W!  Do my plants stand a chance of thriving without such extreme lighting?


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« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2019, 02:33 PM »
Pretty useless using lighting of the wrong spectrum for plant growth. Check out full spectrum aquarium lighting. Either led or even older fluorescent. You may be able to get 2nd hand.
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« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2019, 02:42 PM »
Ok - could you elaborate?  I just checked the box and the lightbulb I’m using is 2700K.  Are you saying that will be of no benefit?


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Re: Growing time disappointment
« Reply #34 on: March 17, 2019, 03:55 PM »
You want full spectrum grow lights or a nice window, the advantage of grow lights is you can extend the exposure time to strengthen and bring the seeds on, for an idea just look at grow lights on amazon, I think Livo was steering you to a light for a fish tank which would also work and if you get a second hand set up it could save you money, if you did that i would certainly start off with a new tube.

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« Reply #35 on: March 17, 2019, 07:39 PM »
Correct. Normal household lighting, whether incandescent, fluorescent or LED, will emit very little light of the type required to sustain plant photosynthesis. You can purchase lighting specifically designed for internal plant growth, used in indoor hydroponics etc, or a cheap alternative would be fish tank (aquarium) lighting.  If you purchase a complete second hand unit the tank itself may function as a terrarium.  Usually, aquarium lighting is of the type required to sustain photosynthesis of aquatic plants and will work for terrestrial plants as well, although probably not as well as specially lighting.
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Re: Growing time disappointment
« Reply #36 on: March 17, 2019, 10:55 PM »
Or, if possible, you could stick em on a sunny windowsill, with a homemade light reflector behind them.

And again if not too much trouble, when the weather is ok, stick em outside in the sun and bring em back in again.

You'll have to start doing that anyway, to harden em off until frosts are past, if they are going to be grown outside.


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Re: Growing time disappointment
« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2019, 11:56 AM »
Thanks guys. I’ve put them on the windowsill and rigged a reflector out of carboard with kitchen tinfoil glued to it. I’ve taken away my 3W led lightbulb as it sounds like it wasn’t doing anything useful.

If they don’t get enough light do they simply take longer to grow, or will they maybe not develop properly at all?

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Re: Growing time disappointment
« Reply #38 on: March 18, 2019, 01:14 PM »
Get some 6500k T5’s tubes
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Re: Growing time disappointment
« Reply #39 on: March 18, 2019, 03:21 PM »
Tin foil is the worst reflector, it absorbs more than it reflects.
Better off with matt white paint or fork out for some Mylar.

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