I just purchased the new 200 watt LED COB grow light from Mr. Hua. It has nice specs, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it does growing peppers. Currently, I have it over a couple Khang Starr crosses that I transplanted from small Kratky containers; a KhangSta Red and a StarrRacha Bonnet.
Here are the product details:
Item Weight: 4.8lb
Max Coverage at 24″ Height 5x5ft
Core Coverage at 24″ Height 4x3ft
HPS/HID Replacement: 600W HPS/HID
Avg. Power Draw: 200W
LED Quantities: 3pcs* 200 watt Integrated COB Bridgelux LEDs
LED Lens: 120 Degree
Input Voltage: AC100-240V
Lifespan: 50,000 hours
Warranty: 3 years
Here is a video showing the unboxing, tests and setup:
It’s important to pop apart the grow deck for recirculating models between gardens. This is because roots can get in the channels and block nutrient flow. It’s very easy to do, but not very intuitive if you’ve never done it before.
Here’s a video showing how to take apart the grow deck on an AeroGarden Bounty model.
Perforate the bottom of a disposable baking pan with a knife. Wash and de-stem peppers, cut in half, then place in baking pan.
Prepare the grill, setting the bottom and top vents to about a 3/16″ gap, lay a piece of aluminum foil (10 x 12 inch) on one end of the bottom grate. Poke a few holes in the aluminum foil with a knife.
Start a small amount of charcoal, about 10 12 briquettes (easier if you are using another grill for cooking, you can make more).
Place the hot coals on the aluminum foil, and dump a few handfuls of smoking wood on top.
Place the top grate on the grill, and set the baking pan of peppers on top, on the opposite side of the wood chips.
Cover and let smoke for at least 30 minutes.
Remove peppers and place in dehydrator trays.
Dry for 24 – 36 hours, or until peppers are ‘cracker dry’.
I was growing a 7-Pot Peach in my AeroGarden Bounty, and it did very well. After 254 days, it grew so large that the truck started blocking the nutrient flow. Watch the video below to see what happened.
My hydroponic Bih Jolokia plant almost died when the air pump stopped working. The curled and dropped, and it developed severe root rot. I pruned the roots and branches and washed the roots with a water hose. I changed out the nutrients several times, treating with 2-3 dropperfuls of 35% h2o2. I moved the plant to a smaller grow tent under smaller veg lights. It has made a significant improvement, root rot is gone and there is a lot of fresh regrowth coming back.