I started on this adventure of growing my peppers via a DWC (Deep Water Culture) system not knowing how or what to do. I did not even hear of hydroponics until I started blogging about my garden and the foods I love to cook. With a lot of help from the hydroponic community I got everything I needed and decided to do a side by side comparison. I would grow a pepper plant in soil and one in the DWC system.
I planted 4 seeds, 2 in a rockwool cube and 2 in regular potting soil. I waited a week… nothing. A second week came and went… nothing. I began to doubt myself, did I not have them in the proper conditions? Was my Ph balance off with the water I used? Was there too much light? Not enough light? You get the picture. I went into my growing room this morning and found the seeds had sprouted! 2 beautiful specimens in the rockwool cube and one in the soil. I took a closer look at the sprout in the soil. It has something growing on it that should not be there. Some kind of fungus. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I have grown a lot of pepper plants in soil and I was sure this would turn out better than the rockwool cube. I had more experience growing in soil. I will need to put that experience to the test in the coming days if I am going to save this seedling. I am also hoping the other seed in the soil will sprout.
I still need to research when exactly to put the seedlings into the DWC system. I am looking forward to see exactly how fast these peppers grow. I am still debating on whether or not to plant both seedlings in the DWC system or whether to thin out the weaker seedling. Although I don’t like to kill any plant that is healthy.