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What follows is a test of the 300 watt Hans panel, growing six varieties of chilli pepper. This is a brief logbook of what I’ve done so far, and what the results are.
13th of September 2018
Got some Cayenne peppers ripened now, their colour is very vibant, glowy red. Harvested some more Anaheim and ripe Pasilla last week, in the second picture. And a Ghost pepper is finally growing!
15th of August 2018
A couple weeks pass and a bountiful first harvest has been taken. Only the Pasilla were left to ripen, and their taste is very good, the Anaheim and Bolivian Rainbow were tasty as well, though they were not ripe when they were picked. Picking unripe fruit stimulates the plant to produce more, as was seen. One day after I removed the 2 only Anaheim peppers, 5 new flowers had appeared. The Bolivian Rainbow peppers are not riping as I had hoped, possibly due to the short and rushed life the plant has had so far. The Tepin and has reached 55 cm (22 inches) and both it and the ghost pepper have started producing flowers. Judging from how big the leaves are on the Ghost pepper and how active and high up the tepin has grown they can both benefit from stronger light, while the milder plants have more than enough.
2nd of August 2018:
Another week passed, and I have a treat to show. 4/6 plants are now growing peppers, and some are already quite big. You may also notice that I have repotted all the main plants into much bigger pots, and they seemed to settle very quickly, they already looked perkier and healthier one day after the potting. The Tepin plant is almost reaching 45 cm (18 inches)!! I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
These are the Anaheim peppers, about 8 cm (3 inches) long and thicker than it looks in the picture.
These are a couple of Cayenne peppers, the longest of which is almost 10 cm (4 inches)
These are Pasilla peppers, not the biggest, but I am looking forward to tasting them.
This is a shot of the Bolivian Rainbow plant. It is too dense to picture all of the peppers, but they are quite numerous. And a lot more to come, judging by the amazing amount of beautiful flowers.
The Tepin and the Ghost pepper have not produced any flowers yet, but seeing as it has been just 8 weeks, I was not expecting any flowers or peppers to begin with. I was expecting the first peppers from the Anaheim and the Pasilla in about 2 weeks from now, and seeing their quick growth I’ll be expecting flowers on the Tepin and Ghost pepper soon, but it can take up to 9 weeks more, so I am not worried at all.
24th of July 2018:
Flowers have popped up on several of the plants now, although none on the hottest variants. I am manually moving pollen from the stamen to the stigma of the flowers, in order to pollinate, and produce peppers. With one flower on one plant this has yielded fruit, literally, as you can see in the second picture.
Seen above, the first pepper grown in this tent. It’s the Bolivian rainbow. I am looking forward to see which colours it will be going through while riping. although I should probably take this one off early, to relieve the plant and to stimulate more growth.
12th of July 2018:
Growth is going rapidly, as you can see in the following pictures. I’m watering regularly, when the soil is dry to about 1 cm below the surface. A couple of the plants have started producing flowers. This could be due to the change in light spectrum or the amount of light hours per day. It seems a little early to expect them. I’ll leave them be and see what happens. I trust that if the plants can’t handle the flowers they will drop them.
From top to bottom, these are the Cayenne, Bolivian Rainbow and the Anaheim, showing the buds of starting flowers.
4th of July 2018:
By now I’m not updating so often because the day to day changes aren’t very exciting. In retrospect I may have overdone the temperature in the first couple of weeks. I’m keeping the room at 25 °C (77 °F) now and the soil some degrees higher. The leaves have gotten quite numerous and large so I’m upping the strength and amount of light to about 200 watts now (consumption of the LED lamp), for 16 hours a day. I have added half an hour of light per day every couple of days now, And I think I’ll stop at around 17-18 hours per day. My thinking is I’ll do it slowly and not all at once to simulate a conversion from spring to summer, although much quicker. You may also notice the change in the colour of the light, which is because I changed the setting to the flowering mode, meaning that the neutral white LEDs are now getting as much power as the cool white LEDs, adding a lot of red light to the spectrum. This will stimulate more vertical growth. It has now been 28 days, 4 weeks, since the seeds were sown.
25th of June 2018:
I have made a selection of the biggest and healthiest of the seedlings of every variety. I’ve placed these in their own seperate 10cm pot in Plagron Allmix (I had it lying around) and watered them to make them settle. Each of the new pots was labeled seperarely. This is the current set-up of my grow room:
18th of June 2018:
The temperature of the soil is still 28 °C. Most of the excess water has been absorbed or has evaporated. If I counted correctly, 25 seeds have properly germinated by now (in less than 2 weeks!) and in most cases they’ve grown to 3-5 cm. As soon as it is time to repot them, which I will do once they’ve grown a second set of leaves, I will make a selection of the best of each variety. The rest will be given to friends and family.
13th of June 2018:
Temperature of the soil is 28 °C, I’ve added some water, possibly too much, there is a layer of water at the bottom, as there is currently no drainage. Multiple seedlings have germinated now and many of them are about 2,5 cm high.
11th of June 2018:
By now multiple seeds have germinated. I was not expecting this to happen so soon. Not all seeds have germinated but the hotter varieties can take up to 3-4 weeks so I am not worried. As you can see in the pictures below I use a probe to measure the temperature of the peat/soil, and a free standing one to measure the temperature of the air. When I’m not looking at them the pods are covered with a clear plastic cover.
6th of June 2018:
I planted 6 seeds of every species I will be growing in peat pellets that have been hydrated to look like a bunch of dinosaur eggs (pictures will follow). I placed them in propagator green houses and added a heating mat underneath, as well as a heating unit with the thermostat set on about 24 °C. Above I have placed a 300W Ledgrow Hanspanel, of our own design and making, and set it to about 100W using a wattmeter. The lamp is mostly for extra heat at this point, because the seeds won’t need light any time soon, and to get the upcoming seedlings acquainted with the strong light that they will be getting for the coming months. The aim is to get the temperature inside the 1×1 square meter growroom to be just below 30 °C, to mimic the tropical heat and the humid environment that these chilli plants love to thrive in. In the following days I will use a digital thermometer to fine tune the heating mat to get the peat pellets to about 28 °C; the air in the tent can be a little colder. The varieties I planted are: Anaheim, Pasilla bajio, Cayenne long slim, Bolivian Rainbow, Tepin and Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper). The peat is really moist right now.