Is there a recommended EC (Electrical Conductivity) value for growing hot peppers, using the AeroGarden nutrient? Is it different for sprouting and pepper-bearing plants?
Thanks for the info. Actually, I started with herbs in the 2 Bounty Elites, they’re in full growth and doing fine. I’m trying to grow the peppers in 3 Sprout LED AGs. I started the first Sprout 4 weeks ago with an AG mini jalapeño pod and a purple super hot pod. They’re in vegetative growth and I’ve been pruning to help them spread out. In the other 2 Sprouts I’ve planted Burpee seeds for cayenne, habanero, and Anaheim peppers about a week ago. They haven’t sprouted yet. Burpee says the plant height for these seeds is 18 inches. I’m hoping to prune that to less than 12 inches to live within the Sprouts. We’ll see what happens. Since the basins of the Sprouts are rather small for what I’ve planted, I’ve decided to monitor EC to make sure the nutrient level is right. Might try using Flora nutrients when I use up my supply of AG nutrient.
P.S. Peppers are Eternal. If you only have the two AG's, you might want to try lettuce first. :)
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I've only grown sweet peppers. And I didn't use the AG nutes.
But yeah, sprouting you want very weak (0.6 EC?) for a few weeks, then 1.8 for vegetative growth, then to 2.2 for flowering and fruit. Possibly higher if you need to intensify the flavor (up to 2.6 max?)
You've heard of watering sparingly when ripening fruit for better flavor? The hydroponic equivalent is to strengthen the nutrients. But not to the point of poisoning the plant. If the lower leaves start browning and crisping, or crystals form on the leaves, you went too far.
Dump & refill every week when ripening fruit - you can get away with dump & refill once a month at first, but it won't work later.
Hope that helps. :)