Basil sprouting time-lapse

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I’m currently testing a Sansi 40-watt grow light with two wicking hydroponic systems, a kit made by Ball and one I made. This is a review of the Basil seeds sprouting in both systems. I’ll post the full video soon show how these are made, and a review of the grow light. This same method would work great for pepper seeds.

10 gallon float tote setup

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10-Gallon Float Tote setup
10-Gallon Float Tote

I set up a 10-gallon float valve fed Kratky tote last year growing Holy Basil indoors. I’ve since harvested that Basil and am now using that for growing a large pepper plant. I moved this system outdoors to my porch. The pepper is an unintentional cross, was supposed to originally be a Lightning Mustard Hab, but produced large hot chocolate pods. This plant is from saved seed off the crossed pepper. I’ve been growing it in a small wicking tub, and it is drinking at the rate where I have to add nutrients every day. It was getting Masterblend, Epsom Salt, and Calcium Nitrate, but I switched it to Flora Nova series Grow formula. This was a gift to me from Pepper Donkey.

Video

Easy DIY seed starting system using water bottles

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DIY germinating/sprouting bottles
DIY germinating/sprouting bottles

How to make cheap and easy DIY seed starting system from plastic water bottles. Each bottle becomes a self-enclosed wicking/sprouting chamber. You can use this method to start several seeds, then separate them out later for growing in larger systems.

Materials needed:

Video of the process

Wick system comparison update- White Devil’s Tail – 8/26/17

Two wick systems side by side comparison with plants.
Wick systems comparison

Update

Here’s an update on the comparison between my two wicking systems, each with a White Devil’s Tail. One is in a single 5 gallon bucket with a 6 inch net pot and wick hanging down in solution. This one has a deep reservoir than just just below the bottom of the net pot. The other is in a diy Earthbox style self watering container, consisting of two 5-gallon buckets. The internal bucket is full of potting mix. It has a shallow reservoir.

Video

See this video to see the full comparison and results as of 8/26/17 that show total pods and pod weight from each system.

Earlier update video here: