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It got too cool for my young pepper to go outdoors anymore - time for lights on!

11 week carmen pepper moved under lights - 130W worth of CFLs 11 week carmen pepper moved under lights - 130W worth of CFLs Need a better lampshade. 

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.

OH! And I tried out Beth's suggested Knock-Out Gnats - first dose today. And sprayed with Tomato Blossom Set Spray, because I'm tired of all its fruitlets falling off.

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.

Planted:

20101026 - 2nd container, 4 contender green bean seeds, 3 tendergreen cucumber
20101113 - 3rd container, 3 grace white Korean "cool weather" cucumber (replaces pepper)

Harvests:

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.

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Ate my first Korean cuke -

Ate my first Korean cuke - yummm! It was sweet and mild compared to a Japanese cuke, similarly less-seedy. Might taste stronger grown outdoors. More cukes definitely plumping! May let the next get slightly bigger. Who knows, maybe it'll get whiter. (The green end is a permanent feature of this variety.)

10.5 weeks - picked first Korean grace white cuke! 10.5 weeks - picked first Korean grace white cuke! 

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First bean harvest! Only 35

First bean harvest! Only 35 days from seed.   first bean harvest! 5 weeks (35 days) from seed 

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First harvest of 4 indoor

First harvest of 4 indoor green peppers!

Well, OK, so it was an accident. They still tasted good. Roasted 'em and put them in pasta salad. I definitely prefer them red. But - that'll be another month, if ever...

14 week carmen pepper, newly washed and trussed - lost a branch during the aphid washoff 14 week carmen pepper - first harvest (branch broke while I was washing the plant) 

Harvest was because a branch broke off while I washed off the aphids - detergent water, then sprayed with hose, then doused with "3-in-1 fungicide" (neem-oil based). FWIW, bought it in concentrate form this time, to make a refill for my spray bottle. Turns out the stuff dissolves plastic milk jugs. I can't fathom how something could be gentle on plants, yet melt a plastic bottle... Anyway, pepper plant now trussed up like a turkey - need to do a better job on that.

2nd new pot is bush beans and tendergreen cucumbers. Intent is a single tendergreen cuke plant - eventually.

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 Hi Gisette,   Wow - good

 Hi Gisette,

  Wow - good looking peppers!  You're on the way to year 'round veggie production!  

Beth

 

 

 

 

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And - previous life of pepper

And - previous life of pepper plant, summarized from my outdoor pepper topic. This is just the reverse of what happened last spring - started this outdoors in the free sunlight, moved in when got too cold.

carmen pepper and 3 profusion zinnias - 3 weeks from seed now? 4 week carmen pepper and 3 profusion zinnias 5 week carmen pepper traded up to a small flowerpot yesterday - these transplant really well - dosed with Sea Magic and Miracle Gro 6 week carmen pepper, with buds - thriving in bigger pot 7 week carmen pepper - still buds, no flowers 8 week carmen pepper, flowering, maybe a fruit set, transplanted to final size pot 9 week carmen pepper, flowering, not holding onto fruit yet. Indoor-outdoor plant atm. 10 week indoor/outdoor carmen pepper

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