Today I cleared out my grow room, the tomato plants I had in there have given just about all they are going to give. For some reason, I am not sure why, the tomatoes were “mushy” for lack of a better word. I have had them for close to 2 years and I guess it was there time to go. This opened up a sizable area for me to set up my hydroponic DWC system.
Before I can play around with any of my hydroponic toys, I first needed to plant my seeds. I am choosing to plant the Carolina Reaper Pepper, this is an extremely hot pepper. In fact it just recently took the title of the worlds hottest pepper according to the Guinness Book of World Records. I planted 2 the traditional way, in soil, and I planted 2 in a rockwool cube. For the rockwool cube I let a container of water sit out over night to remove the chlorine from the water. I tested the Ph of that water this morning and it was pretty alkaline, coming in at 8.7 on the Ph tester. I added a touch of fresh squeezed lemon juice and the next Ph reading was good enough at 6.0. This is the water I used to soak my rookwool cube and I used this water to water the seeds I planted in the soil. I have them under the lights in my germination area. Once the seeds in the rockwool cube sprout I will transfer them to the DWC system and as soon as it is warm enough I will transplant the seedlings that are planted in the soil to my garden.
I can not wait to see if there is a difference in size or quality. If I had to guess I would say the plants in the DWC system will thrive now during the winter months. Once the weather is warm enough to move the other seedlings outside I believe they will more than likely outpace the plants in the hydroponic system. It has always been my experience that plants planted in the ground outside always do better than plants raised inside under lights. This is going to be a fun experiment. I can’t wait to see the results.