It got too cool for my young pepper to go outdoors anymore - time for lights on!
Clearly I need a better lampshade.
So - last spring I had a carmen pepper under CFLs like this, and concluded they didn't get enough light. When they went out into spring sunshine, the peppers ripened up very well. So - that was under 80W of CFLs. We'll start this one at 130W. Not a perfect choice of wavelengths... what I have is one 2800K, two 3500K, and two 6500K, all 5 are 26W CFL floodlights.
I do have more bulbs if that doesn't do the trick.
This pepper plant isn't nearly as far along as that indoor grow. Eh.
Much as I'd like to see some fruit set and stay set, I'm also considering pruning off the top of the plant, to get it to a shorter, bushier shape. After I changed its feed last week, it shot up in height. Not helpful.
20101026 - 2nd container, 4 contender green bean seeds, 3 tendergreen cucumber
20101113 - 3rd container, 3 grace white Korean "cool weather" cucumber (replaces pepper)
12 - carmen pepper (first 4 green at 14 weeks) (first red at 24 weeks)
34 - contender green beans, 3 plants (first 6 at 5 weeks - 35 days from seed!) - removed 2 plants by 7 weeks, last plant at 10 weeks.
55 - Korean grace white cuke (first at 10.5 weeks) (retired outdoors at 32 weeks)
20110122: added 21W net 6500K light - replaced one 6500K 15W with 2 6500K 18W spotlights. 3.5 weekly treatments now of strong KOGnats - gnat population down, but not gone.
20110319: added some Vegetables Alive! fertilizer - seems to help.
20110319 or so: planted tendergreen cuke - keeping in here for pollination help
20110513: tendergreen cuke moved outside - providing male flowers (for a week now?)
20110626: retired Korean cukes - lights out. Looked dreadful, but produced 3 more cukes its last week. Just have Korean cukes growing outdoors now, so can't justify powering the lights. Left pot outside for a day, but then just tossed 'em.