Today I harvested the first jalapeño pepper from my Sprout LED pepper plant. I chopped it up and put it on my salad for lunch. It was good, and quite hot, I guess the longer you leave it on the plant, the hotter it gets.
I have 3 Sprout LEDs with hot pepper plants. I bought them when they were on sale for $50 each as a relatively inexpensive way to increase my acreage. The only hot pepper plant that AG sells in 3 pod kits is the Thai pepper. I tried that but it didn’t sprout. I ended up planting an AG jalapeño pod in the first garden, an AG purple super hot pod in the second, and Burpee Anaheim seeds in the third. The purple super hot plant has peppers growing too, I’ll harvest a couple next week. The Anaheim pepper plant hasn’t flowered yet, it’s a month behind the other two plants in grow time.
You can only put one pepper plant pod in each Sprout LED, the plants are too large to grow two. Also, I added a fan to each unit, based on my experience with the Farm Plus. The water temperature in the Sprouts was 82 degrees without the fan, and dropped to 74 with it. I used a cheap 3 inch computer case fan that runs on 5 volts, using a common USB power adapter. The fan just sits on top of the back of the deck.
I don’t use the ‘add nutrient’ light on the units, I check EC and pH frequently and adjust. I top off the water every day. I haven’t been good about doing drain and refill. Based on my experience with the Farm Plus, I did one today and will start doing it every week.
At least once a week, one of the bubblers on one of the Sprout LEDs stops working due to pluggage. I use a straightened out paper clip with a bent tip to poke into the bubbler hole to get it working again. You have to lift up the deck to access the bubbler hole. So far this has worked.