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Wednesday, January 2 View Page
1st to sprout..6.32 Megamutt. Now the fun begins. There are still more growers starting. Looks like we will have a competition this winter.
Friday, January 4 View Page
Zowie sent me a picture of his first tomato. He didnt have a scale for it but it measured 16 inches for an estimated weight of 1.5 pounds. He has a bigger one coming, and is saying he will have a scale then. I could always bring mine if he needs it. Go Zowie, great start for the giants.
Saturday, January 5 View Page
13 inch cc so far on this delicious set. This was meant to be a breeder plant. Its partner is only cot leaves right now. Might have to get creative to keep the plant shorter than the ceiling and still producing blossoms for the next month.
Wednesday, January 9 View Page
1 1/2 year old bell pepper plant. This is I think the 5th round for fruit. I have picked of all other blossoms except for this one. I like the shape that it shows, longer than the majority that this plant has put out so far. What I donít like,is it is towards the top of the plant. Small vine to feed it.
Wednesday, January 9 View Page
I hope a nice shaped pepper will show up on this new lower growth. That would be an ideal situation.With a tree trunk superhighway for nutrients to the fruit, it might get big. I am wondering how many years I can keep this plant going.
Sunday, January 13 View Page
My hydro plants are a little bit behind last year. I am hoping to have a set before the middle of Febuary. Using a full 2 inch rockwool cube has slowed down how fast the roots reach the nutrient solution.
Sunday, January 13 View Page
At least the roots have reached nutrients now. Growth will be much faster now.
Sunday, January 13 View Page
My soil tomato keeps growing but slowly. At about 15 inches now. Not going to be my winter pb.
Wednesday, January 16 View Page
Roots are coming fast. This is from seed from my 5.08 grown from the 4.38. Getting ready to time the nutrient overdose of P and K. I am thinking in the next week should push for the formation of a super mega or kill the plant trying. I havent had the chance to concentrate on the plants this winter..wait till next. Hope Dan S can get back into the winter grow. I so much want to beat his numbers under the lights.
Friday, January 18 View Page
6.32 Megamutt in hydro. The first blossom is forming. Right on time..about 3 weeks from seed start. After seeing the blossom, I slightly raised the P & K. With the calcium in the tank the EC now is about 1.9 and ph is at 6.0 . Plant is too small to go beyond this.
Saturday, January 19 View Page
I was bored today so stopped by Ecogarden. Zowie gave me a picture of his first indoor tomato to get on the scale. It weighed 1.88 pounds. It will be up to Hayden but I think might be the first entry for this years winter grow.
Saturday, January 19 View Page
Did I say I was bored. Going to a grow store when you are bored is somewhat like going to a grocery store when you are hungry. At least I did not spend too much. Is January 19th too late to start for this years winter challenge? I am going to find out.
Saturday, January 19 View Page
Soaking 5 seeds from my 4.80 which was of variety Wixom Slammer. Someone tell me what F number I am at. The genetic line is original wixom slammer-3.77(my best of 2016)-3.02 ( grown in a pot on a shady deck)-4.80 in 2018. Does that make the 4.80 an F4? If things go as planned, will be able to get 30 days of fruit growth before deadline. Maybe should raise the temp in the grow room a few more degrees?
Sunday, January 20 View Page
Looks like I did not exceed the 6.32 plantís tolerance with the first nutrient boost. I think this is definitely a first truss mega even though it is only 1/8 inch wide. It might even be a ribbon. Stem is nearly as wide as the blossom. Yesterday I had a good conversation about the balance between light intensity, temperature and nutrient levels. Indoors all three are controllable including light levels stonger than sunshine. At 80 degrees I can run at 600 uMols of light vs Zowie that was burning his leaves at 500 uMols at 68 degrees. Going to raise the P & K levels up a bit more. Plant looks like it is still in balance.
Sunday, January 20 View Page
Not ignoring the 5.08. It is showing the bud bump about 3 days after the megamutt. Going a bit more excessive in the nutrient additions. Will be changing 12% of the reservoir at 4.0 EC daily to every other day until I see very negative reaction. I still have another DWC hydro plant that might be treated nice. Have to get one to the finish line.
Wednesday, January 23 View Page
Tonight, I cut off the delicious tomato in soil. This is one of the ugliest tomatoes I have ever grown. It weighed 1.51 pounds. Hoping for better from the hydro plants. I am 1 pound under my winter pb.
Sunday, January 27 View Page
This nutrient solution is obviously not ideal. Probably will pull the plant soon.
Sunday, January 27 View Page
This one looks much better. I am guessing that is a double that should be opening in the next week. This will probably be my best of the winter.
Sunday, January 27 View Page
Here are the two plants side by side. If i did not know that they were from the same seed, I would be convinced that they are two different varieties. Texture of the leaves, nodal spacing etc are very different. I may keep the smaller..it looks like it has a double forming.
Sunday, January 27 View Page
My newest hydro setup is assembled. It consists of a 6 inch cube of rockwool that drains into a 2x2 flood table.The solution then returns to a 10 gallon reservoir. i set the timer for 55 minutes off, 5 minutes on. I donít know how close this cycle is to what the plant wants. Will play with adjusting later.
Monday, February 4 View Page
Surgery is done on the Brutus Magnum. I have plenty of Delicious pollen. I am thinking it is about 2-3 days before the blossom is ready for the pollen,but just in case, I will be transfering it everday now until I know it has set or aborted.
Monday, February 4 View Page
In addition to supplying pollen for my planned cross, this delicious plant has set another mega. How many days left until 1st day of spring?
Saturday, February 9 View Page
Obviously. I do not know what I am doing growing in rockwool. I started it at five minute drench per hour. Should be good, same oxygen level as DWC. Nah, leaves turned very purple. Changed it to 10 minutes every 6 hours..less purple but still Vikings proud. New time, 15 minutes every 12 hours. Will update in a few days.
Saturday, February 9 View Page
Hydro megamutt, starting to show itís potential. It has passed the delicious even though a few days younger. Not enough fused sections for me to get excited about but should finish reasonably for the winter challenge.
Tuesday, February 12 View Page
Indoor bell pepper is starting to change colors. This should break my indoor pb by far. Next winter I think will transplant it from a 15 gallon pot to a 40 gallon pot.
Sunday, February 17 View Page
With about a month to go in the winter competition I am going to take a risk. I have this tomato that is right now about a pound. I am thinking with the big voids it will go light. It is getting culled.
Sunday, February 17 View Page
My final winter tomato will be this one or the blossom next truss up that should be setting in about a day. Every truss of this plant has had one or more mega on this 6.32 megamutt. Need to get some seeds to see what it can do in real sunshine.
Friday, February 22 View Page
It has been a struggle but the third blossom to open might be a success. The first DelBrut is getting bigger. Hope it will avoid BER. The varieties look so different in foliage that I am really curious what this F1 will look like.
Saturday, February 23 View Page
5th truss in a row with a fused blossom on my 6.32 hydro. This one I am guessing will be a quad. It is as fat as it is long. My other 6.32 is not showing the same potential. Low F numbers..need to find the best.
Sunday, February 24 View Page
This is the 7th megablossom on the 6.32 in hydro. Some trusses had two. When I can grow outside again, seeds from this plant will see dirt. I have finally started to package my seeds from last season. As some of you know, I have been preoccupied with something else. I have emails going back to October to fill. I promise to get them all out before the end of March. Please be patient.
Monday, February 25 View Page
23 days to go in the winter competition. I still have a chance with the 6.32 megamutt. 11.5 inches cc gaining over 1/2 inch per day. Based on itís shape I think I will need about 19 inches for an indoor pb.
Monday, March 4 View Page
At 15 inches..16 days to go. 3.5 inches gained in the past 7 days. 2.51 pounds is the number for me to get indoor pb. Might be close.
Wednesday, March 6 View Page
The Delbrut is growing very slowly. It is a good thing that the size of the F1 does not predict the F2. Hoping for a dozen seeds to grow out.
Thursday, March 7 View Page
There is not going to he enough time for the newest set on the 6.32 . It looks to me like a 5 fused.
Thursday, March 7 View Page
The 6.32 continues with a mega every truss. Very different than my past experience with the giants. I have usually seen 1st truss mega, then 2 to 4 trusses of singles. I like what this plant is doing.
Saturday, March 16 View Page
4 days to go. Tomato is at 17 7/8 inches. Not going to a year for indoor pb but there is a chance that it might be bigger than Zowies.


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