Sansi LED Floodlight grow update

Sansi LED Floodlight
Sansi LED Floodlight

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I’ve been using the Sansi LED floodlight as a test grow light since August of 2018. This light isn’t marketed as a grow light, it is for general utility, illumination. Sansi sent me this light for free to review. The color temperature is 5600K, which I think is great for growing. I suspected it would be only ideal for vegetative growth, but my plant test subjects have both fruited under it, not once, but twice.

Here is a video of the update:

2019 Pepper grow update 6 – 03/31/19

Peppers wicking from AeroGarden Bounty
Peppers wicking from AeroGarden Bounty.

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This is my sixth pepper grow update for 2019.  So far the plants are doing well. I need to set the basement wicking cups into something bigger to drink from. The extra/backup peppers are still wicking from the AeroGarden Bounty and DIY growing system.

These are items shown in the video.

HLG-100 3000K grow light – https://amzn.to/2TI1iV3
Mr Hua 200 watt COB grow light – https://amzn.to/2WDbhrL
24″x24″x48″ grow tent – https://amzn.to/2UdVpPW
48″x48″x80″ grow tent – https://amzn.to/2Obrf9A
AeroGarden Bounty – https://amzn.to/2X86Czi
AeroGarden Sprout – https://amzn.to/2DQ0wKT
AeroGarden Sprout seed starting deck – https://amzn.to/2DQ0xyr
Sansi 30 watt LED grow light – https://amzn.to/2BGAOIv
Dyna-Gro 7-9-5 – https://amzn.to/2Ee6pmL

Easy, cheap, DIY wicking cups

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This year I’ve transplanted most of my sprouts from the AeroGarden Bounty and my DIY system, into Styrofoam wicking cups. These are super easy and quick to make. They are nice intermediate vessels for the plants until being moved to their final location. These setups also provide more flexibility than standard double cups do. For instance, you could remove them from the bottom cup and set in something larger for the plant/s to drink from.

Watch my video below to see how I make them.

Items that are shown or mentioned in the video:

– 20-ounce styrofoam cups ( You can also pick these up in the grocery store or places like WalMart) – https://amzn.to/2Cz2O1m
– Microfiber clothes – https://amzn.to/2WkSLUO
– HLG-100 grow light – https://amzn.to/2HVsCbv
– 48″ x 48″ x 80″ grow tent – https://amzn.to/2U5MxuJ
– Coco coir – https://amzn.to/2TuOi05
– Perlite – https://amzn.to/2uocFm7
– Dyna-Grp 7-9-5 – https://amzn.to/2uqDeH4

Pepper grow update 03/17/19 – 2019 update 4

Peppers in grow tent 03/17/19
Peppers 03/17/19

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This is my fourth pepper grow update for 2019. I spent a lot of time extracting plants from the hydro systems (DIY system, AeroGarden Bounty and AeroGarden Sprout) and transplanted them to 20-ounce wicking cups. I moved all of the primary plants down to the basement and put under the HLG-100 light in my grow tent. I moved the older plant that was under the HLG-100 and put outside the tent under a Mr. Hua ufo grow light.

These are items shown in the video.

HLG-100 3000K grow light – https://amzn.to/2TI1iV3
Mr. Hua ufo LED grow light – https://amzn.to/2OahEQp
48″x48″x80″ grow tent – https://amzn.to/2Obrf9A
AeroGarden Bounty – https://amzn.to/2X86Czi
AeroGarden Sprout – https://amzn.to/2DQ0wKT
AeroGarden Sprout seed starting deck – https://amzn.to/2DQ0xyr
Sansi 30 watt LED grow light – https://amzn.to/2BGAOIv
Dyna-Gro 7-9-5 – https://amzn.to/2Ee6pmL

Update on HLG plant

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I’ve called it the HLG plant because it’s the only one I’ve had under my Horticulture Lighting Group HLG-100 3000K light. The pepper plant is an unknown cross with Lightning Mustard Hab and has grown prolifically. I need to make room in the tent and make use of the light for this year’s pepper starts. So I pruned it way back, and trimmed the roots, and moved it from the 27-gallon tote to a 5-gallon bucket. I also changed the nutrients from Flora Nova Grow to Dyna-Gro 7-9-5. I’ll soon move it out of the tent entirely and put it under one of my red/blue LED lights. I’ll need to sanitize the grow tent and set up space for my new pepper plants.

Most of my pepper plants have been transferred out of the seed starting system and AeroGardens, into small wicking cups. I’ll probably put most of them in tote lids so they can all feed through the wicks out of the totes.

Here are some pics of the plant I just pruned back.

Plant before pruning
Before pruning
Plant after pruning
After pruning
Plant roots
Roots
Plant after transplant
After transplant

Hydroponic DWC seed starting system – DIY AeroGarden

DIY AeroGarden with plants
DIY AeroGarden

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I built this hydroponic deep water culture system for starting pepper plants. It was very inexpensive and easy to build and works well. It uses a small air pump, air stones, one-inch net cups, AeroGarden sponges (although just about any kind of growing sponge would work, ie BioDome, Rapid Rooter, Root Riot, etc… It has a built-in light stand with a Sansi 30 watt grow light.

Parts showed (or equivalent) in the video:

Commander XL 5 gallon tote – Get at Lowes
Air pump – https://amzn.to/2XNpXpB
Air stones – https://amzn.to/2TtfFfG
Sansi 30 watt grow light – https://amzn.to/2XPc8H7
Dyna-Gro 7-9-5 – https://amzn.to/2XOKz0T
Air tubing – https://amzn.to/2NV3LFI
1-inch net cups – https://amzn.to/2NV06r7
AeroGarden sponges – https://amzn.to/2TqEn0m
or
Rapid Rooter (cut these in quarters the long way) – https://amzn.to/2XOKzxV
1-inch bit – https://amzn.to/2NT804t
1-inch PVC pipe – get at Lowes
1-inch PVC tee – get at Lowes

Here are pics of some of the plants I transplanted out of this system.

Aji Lemon Drop
Aji Lemon Drop
Fish pepper
Fish pepper

2019 Pepper grow update 4 – 03/02/19

Peppers 3/3/19
Peppers 3/3/19

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The peppers are doing well, but in desperate need to be transplanted out. Most have overgrown the systems they are in.  I’ve been moving the largest ones to 20 oz Styrofoam cups, will need to move all of them out to the basement soon.

These are items shown in the video.

AeroGarden Bounty – https://amzn.to/2X86Czi
AeroGarden Sprout – https://amzn.to/2DQ0wKT
AeroGarden Sprout seed starting deck – https://amzn.to/2DQ0xyr
Sansi 30 watt LED grow light – https://amzn.to/2BGAOIv
Dyna-Gro 7-9-5 – https://amzn.to/2Ee6pmL

Sweet Christmas f2
Sweet Christmas f2
Fish Pepper
Fish Pepper
Shishito x Stavros f1
Shishito x Stavros f1
Shishito
Shishito

Ball Basil herb growing kit review

Picture of Ball herb growing kit on left, DIY version on right.
Ball herb growing kit on left, DIY version on right.

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I recently purchased a Ball herb kit from WalMart, in the canning section. They make them for a few different types of herbs, but the one I got was for growing Genovese Basil. It’s a basic passive hydroponic wicking system, three-inch net cup planter in a one-quart mason jar. The cost was around 8.00 or 9.00 dollars.

When I set it up, I made my own version using a standard three-inch net cup, microfiber wick, with the cup filled with coco coir. The Ball version uses mostly perlite, with a thin layer of coco, seeds, and a thin layer of activated horticultural charcoal over it.

Below is a video that shows the assembly, comparison between growers, and some time-lapses.

Products I use that are shown in the video:

Sansi 40 watt grow light – https://amzn.to/2EuigNA
1-quart mason jar – https://amzn.to/2Xm0tQ8
Coco Coir – https://amzn.to/2E7dIv4
Microfiber cloth – https://amzn.to/2H13Gyz
Dyna-Gro 7-9-5 – https://amzn.to/2U6X1qg
3-inch net cups – https://amzn.to/2Ec7mdI
Ball herb growing kit – https://go.magik.ly/ml/kxp5/

Pepper grow update #3 – 02/17/19

plants 2/17/19
Grow update 2/17/19

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My third pepper grow update for 2019. The plants are starting to outgrow the AeroGarden Sprout seed starting deck. I have them moved to something bigger soon, hopefully by the next update or the one after.

These are items I use that are shown or mentioned in the video.

AeroGarden Bounty – https://amzn.to/2X86Czi
AeroGarden Sprout – https://amzn.to/2DQ0wKT
AeroGarden Sprout seed starting deck – https://amzn.to/2DQ0xyr
Sansi 30 watt LED grow light – https://amzn.to/2BGAOIv
Dyna-Gro 7-9-5 – https://amzn.to/2Ee6pmL

How to quickly unclog the AeroGarden Sprout aerator

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From time to time, the aerator nozzle on the AeroGarden Sprout gets clogged. The most effective way to fix this is to take it out and clean it, but if you don’t have time for that, this is a quick and easy fix to get the air flowing again. All you need is a bendable dental gum brush.

AeroGarden Sprout – https://amzn.to/2V0bN2k
AeroGarden Sprout seed starting deck – https://amzn.to/2SO61U6
Dental gum Proxabrush – https://amzn.to/2TQ7W7M