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#161 User is offline   LimSan 

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 07:50 PM

View Postelsiekoh, on 23 December 2015 - 12:53 PM, said:

restarted on the hydroponics section of my "garden" last month.. some updates here.

red spinach. these does really well in my soil and I'm curious to see if I can get the same effect on hydroponics
4 Dec. 1st transplant onto hydroponics.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20151204_121334_zpswrmhesoa.jpg

21 Dec. ard 2 weeks later. they are doing really well once their roots get established. but they do look smaller then my other plants in soil. they are goin thru a growth spurt at the moment and they look even bigger today.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20151221_145435_zpselkoygnh.jpg

holy basil. I accidently sprouted quite a lot of these and I'm growing 2 batches in soil and hydroponics to see the difference.
17 Dec. around 1 week after 1st transplant.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20151217_141331_zpsu4zq6sg5.jpg

21 Dec. around 3 weeks. they are doing really well in this set up. the growth is significant and they look bigger then those in soil.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20151221_145415_zpszedemmzg.jpg

tks Lim San for suggesting this set up. other than algae issues which I'm trying to solve, I am pretty happy with this set up so far. it's good for growing more veges in a limited space. I'm goin to try growing my pak choy and lettuce in this set up as well. mayb need to paint the containers or something.

Wow.. nice!
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Posted 28 December 2015 - 07:52 PM

View Postelsiekoh, on 23 December 2015 - 03:53 PM, said:

took some updated pics of the crops 10 mins ago... now that I look at the pics, I realised they are really going thru a growth spurt..

red spinach.
23 Dec. grown in hydroponics setup.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20151223_150706_zpsz5frkeip.jpg

23 Dec. grown in soil. but more plants in this pot. looks bigger somehow.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20151223_145923_zpsbkig1aew.jpg

holy basil.
23 Dec. grown in hydroponics setup. the growth is amazing if I compared it with pictures from 2 days ago.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20151223_150627_zpsg24wfjfq.jpg

23 Dec. grown in soil. looks way smaller as compared to the same plant sowed at the same time.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20151223_150406_zpsygsdnrsy.jpg


Congrats to your success... it work with less materials, and best up-recycle any un-use container!
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 01:53 PM

View PostLimSan, on 28 December 2015 - 07:52 PM, said:

Congrats to your success... it work with less materials, and best up-recycle any un-use container!


yup!! tks to your good idea!! it allows me to grow more on a smaller space. :)/>
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 02:03 PM

the chilli plant I showed previously. it has grown and new leaves are nice and big. roots also looks good so far. i'm going to top it in a few days time and hopefully it will branch out nicely.

http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160107_134852_zpsbvdtgpjm.jpg

the tomato plants. 2 vilma on the left and florida basket on the right. all 3 were sowed at the same time. dunno y the left plant is the tallest. tallest plant is showing signs of budding.. most likely wun develop into real flowers. I hope not. the root are not established at the moment.

http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160107_134729_zps2nwjmref.jpg

I topped the basil plants for a stir fry just last week. it has grown back nicely in 1 weeks time. this is really a very good way of growing veges. esp smaller plants like basil works nicely.

http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160107_134558_zpsjkriq4te.jpg


all the plants are on 2/3 strength nutrients so far. I find it enough for my plants when they are at the seeding stage. the chilli plant is only having 1/3 strength nutrient. it's working well for it so far. shall continue to experiment.
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 02:09 PM

Nice! Your Basil plants look healthy and tasty.

How are your butterhead lettuce ah? No germination for my first batch, tossed them all away. I did a second batch where I kept them in the fridge for ~5 days before bringing out and exposing them to red/blue LED lights in the aircon room. It has been around 6-7 days so far, but nothing has happened yet. Probably another failure haha.
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 02:10 PM

sowed some additional seeds on 17 Dec and only had time recently to transfer them to hydroponic set up.

chilli plant. I think these are banana pepper. got some seeds from Bangkok last yr and I dunno if the seeds will grow true to the picture on the packaging.

http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160107_134817_zpskrmqp1em.jpg

also sowed the lettuce seeds everyone got in the last sale. I sowed 8 varieties of lettuce, 2 seeds each. only 2 sprouted. not sure why. I will try again when the weather is less humid. these were in plain water all they way until yesterday. I have given them 2/3 strength nutrients and hopefully the weather will be good and sunny.

http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160107_134522_zpsfg0ia1js.jpg

am planning to build a small ledge on the kitchen window which allows me to grow more plants. this current set up is not friendly as they plants sit on a metal portable clothes dryer and I need to shift the plants around everytime I do the laundry. shall need to find more time to do that soon.
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 02:12 PM

View Postlazearus, on 07 January 2016 - 02:09 PM, said:

Nice! Your Basil plants look healthy and tasty.

How are your butterhead lettuce ah? No germination for my first batch, tossed them all away. I did a second batch where I kept them in the fridge for ~5 days before bringing out and exposing them to red/blue LED lights in the aircon room. It has been around 6-7 days so far, but nothing has happened yet. Probably another failure haha.


tks! lucky basil are not fussy plants. so they do well so far.

my butterhead pics are above. only 2 survivors so far. hmmm. I will try sowing more seeds maybe next week. need to clear out stuff and major spring clean 1st..
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 02:22 PM

View Postelsiekoh, on 07 January 2016 - 02:12 PM, said:

tks! lucky basil are not fussy plants. so they do well so far.

my butterhead pics are above. only 2 survivors so far. hmmm. I will try sowing more seeds maybe next week. need to clear out stuff and major spring clean 1st..



Woah the leaves super pale, like they're stressed out. I wonder if it's due to heat stress or because the nutrients haven't kicked in. Weird sia, I remembered growing them easily using hydroponics (the type with constant water flow) in secondary school. Hope they get better for you when you find a permanent spot for them.
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 02:43 PM

View Postlazearus, on 07 January 2016 - 02:22 PM, said:

Woah the leaves super pale, like they're stressed out. I wonder if it's due to heat stress or because the nutrients haven't kicked in. Weird sia, I remembered growing them easily using hydroponics (the type with constant water flow) in secondary school. Hope they get better for you when you find a permanent spot for them.


I hope it's just due to a lack of nutrients. after all, they have been sitting in plain water for the last 2 weeks.. :P/> i'll try to report back next week to see if they pick up. the last time I grew lettuce (horti leaf lettuce), it was pretty alright and germinated easily. but it was so leggy I gave up after 1 try.. I was hoping butterheads might be better..
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 03:09 PM

View Postelsiekoh, on 07 January 2016 - 02:03 PM, said:

I topped the basil plants for a stir fry just last week. it has grown back nicely in 1 weeks time. this is really a very good way of growing veges. esp smaller plants like basil works nicely.


Stir fry basil?
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 03:15 PM

View Poststhh, on 07 January 2016 - 03:09 PM, said:

Stir fry basil?


stir fry pork basil with long beans.. :P/>

long beans also home grown.. so it was a satisfying meal.. hee..
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 03:18 PM

View Postelsiekoh, on 07 January 2016 - 03:15 PM, said:

stir fry pork basil with long beans.. :P/>/>

long beans also home grown.. so it was a satisfying meal.. hee..


Ahhh... Smells good already, like a thai dish. I cannot imagine eating a plate of stir fry basil only, lol
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Posted 07 January 2016 - 05:27 PM

View Poststhh, on 07 January 2016 - 03:18 PM, said:

Ahhh... Smells good already, like a thai dish. I cannot imagine eating a plate of stir fry basil only, lol


wahahaha... oh yah.. thai dish.. hmmm.. stir fry basil.. mayb when I have lots n lots of basil, can try.. basil with sambal! :P/>
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Posted 08 January 2016 - 08:31 AM

View Postelsiekoh, on 07 January 2016 - 02:43 PM, said:

I hope it's just due to a lack of nutrients. after all, they have been sitting in plain water for the last 2 weeks.. :P/>/>/> i'll try to report back next week to see if they pick up. the last time I grew lettuce (horti leaf lettuce), it was pretty alright and germinated easily. but it was so leggy I gave up after 1 try.. I was hoping butterheads might be better..



Lettuce need a very weak solution PH of about 6 and a Ec of .8 to 1.2 to continue healthy growth. When the seeds are first planted plain tap water is okay, as the seed contains all the nutrients within to grow.
Just add a very weak nutrient solution and you should see the plants surge ahead.
PS lettuce have about the lowest nutrient strength compared to other vegetables.
PS PS your plants are leggy as they are stretching towards the light increase the light and the leggy plants will grow okay.
What nutrients are you using also .

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 02:58 PM

View PostRobert1943, on 08 January 2016 - 08:31 AM, said:

Lettuce need a very weak solution PH of about 6 and a Ec of .8 to 1.2 to continue healthy growth. When the seeds are first planted plain tap water is okay, as the seed contains all the nutrients within to grow.
Just add a very weak nutrient solution and you should see the plants surge ahead.
PS lettuce have about the lowest nutrient strength compared to other vegetables.
PS PS your plants are leggy as they are stretching towards the light increase the light and the leggy plants will grow okay.
What nutrients are you using also .


Hi Robert, i'm not sure what components are inside the nutrient mixture i'm using actually. i'm using the nutrient mixture from 1 of the farms in Singapore. they have worked for my plants previously and so I am continuing with them.

unfortunately, there is nothing much I can do with regards to sunlight. i'm growing the plants indoors and weather has been really eccentric recently. as such, sunlight is not a given. :(/>
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Posted 22 January 2016 - 03:14 PM

I've been so busy.. with the spring clean and preparation of CNY. plants were a little neglected.

the poor lettuce got burned in the sun and literally melted.. :(/> the picture below was taken 1 week since last update and 1 of the plants is looking bad. the other survived.

as of 13 jan 2016.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160113_123701_zpsobcv4l6e.jpg

maiko started growing nicely thou a little leggy since and the other surprisingly did not die so I left and I hope that it will survive.

as of 22 jan 2016. maiko
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160122_143505_zpsqiukvjgi.jpg

butterhead lettuce
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160122_143522_zpsx4azjtju.jpg

2 vilmas growing well and 1 seems to be giving out quite a bit of false buds. I've just changed the solution to fruiting nutrients and I do hope it will continue to branch out more.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160122_143726_zps72cvu1ms.jpg

1 florida basket. still on high nitrogen solution thou I see that it's trying to bud as well. will monitor it for a few days and mayb change the solution next week.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160122_143756_zpsvbfjayod.jpg
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Posted 22 January 2016 - 03:27 PM

I've been trying to grow a nice big fat bushy chilli plant which will give me lots and lots of fruits. my dream.. so all my chilli plants are still in experimental stages. all chilli plants are on 1/3 strength nutrients.

common chilli plant. I've topped this plant 2 weeks ago? it's branching out nicely and I hope the lower branches buck up and spreads out more.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160122_143542_zpslxmw6de4.jpg

thai chilli plant. since I have 2 plants of the same variety, I've topped 1 and left the other alone as an experiment.

the plant tt was topped is slowly starting to grow branches from the lower nodes. hopefully, it will branch out more soon. I topped it less than 1 week ago.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160122_143620_zpshgswpwgs.jpg

the other plant tt was left alone. I have 4 buds currently on this plant and I will see how this grows before deciding if I wan to top it.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160122_143602_zpsdubgvjnv.jpg

the basil was pretty much a success. it just grows and I top up with a little nutrient solution when needed.
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160122_143649_zpso1gchyar.jpg

harvested some for fried rice previously and the plant didn't look much different. haha! holy basil, chocolate mint and long beans from own garden. even fried rice tasted exceptionally great! yum yum!
http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG-20160121-WA0007_zpstslszffq.jpg
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Posted 22 January 2016 - 04:02 PM

oh! and I finally had some time to make the 'shelves' I wanted to. it took all of maybe 10 mins to complete. really should have done it long ago. now the plants get some sort of permanent place in the sunniest spot at home and the place looks over all neater. benefits include

- this can fold flat into the wall! way convenient for times when I need to hang out bamboo poles for the laundry.
- I can expand this anytime I wish by just adding on another piece of wood to increase the depth. good for when I have more plants. hee..
- total cost only around 3 for each. since I had the wood pieces, I only had to spend on the hinges. yay!

http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums/ag22/elsie40/Mobile%20Uploads/CYMERA_20160112_123345_zpsh8t6gm1x.jpg
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Posted 23 January 2016 - 06:21 AM

View Postelsiekoh, on 22 January 2016 - 02:58 PM, said:

Hi Robert, i'm not sure what components are inside the nutrient mixture i'm using actually. i'm using the nutrient mixture from 1 of the farms in Singapore. they have worked for my plants previously and so I am continuing with them.

unfortunately, there is nothing much I can do with regards to sunlight. i'm growing the plants indoors and weather has been really eccentric recently. as such, sunlight is not a given. :(/>/>


Here is a great way to start all seeds that imitates growing in soil.
1. get a paper towel
2. get a zip lock plastic bag
3. get paper towel wet then ring out excess water so it is damp only.
4. place seeds in paper towel then fold paper towel to enclose seeds
5. put dampened paper towel inside plastic ziplock bag and seal
6. leave seeds in plastic zip lock bag for about 4 days
7. open and then place seeds in rubber foam or other media to intend growing in.

The photo shown is for Chillies that I have already sown nearly all into foam for my hydroponics the couple remaining in this photo show the success for this simple method of raising seeds.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/20160123_0800541_zps7ezdajwn.jpg
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