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#21 User is offline   Robert1943 

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Posted 29 January 2015 - 02:32 PM

View Poststhh, on 29 January 2015 - 10:08 AM, said:

You worry too much about mosquitoes. It is actually very difficult for them to squeeze into your hydroponic reservoir to lay eggs. They have to borrow themselves thru the clay balls, which is quite impossible for them. And even if they succeed, their larvae takes 7 days to mature, a quick glance at your solution will show you if you have larvae. And when the larvae matures into flying mosquitoes, they cannot fly out. Futhermore, mosquitoes don't like nutrient rich water to lay eggs.


Too true enjoy hydroponics and keep it simple eg KISS
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Posted 29 January 2015 - 03:29 PM

View Poststhh, on 29 January 2015 - 02:29 PM, said:

My tomatoes only get 2-3 hours of sunlight in the morning. I have 1 chilli plant growing and fruiting in the shade, lol. But I suppose they will do better and fruit better if they get more light. Don't worry about your dwarf tomato becoming leggy, it won't. It's a dwarf anyway, lol.

Wow! Your chilli plant can flower and fruit in shade!! You really have green thumb la :greenthumb:/>
Thank you for your encouragement too :D/>
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Posted 29 January 2015 - 11:15 PM

View PostGraceS, on 29 January 2015 - 11:01 AM, said:

Wow, you are very skilful with the pen knife. I did a mini setup with a small foam box afew months ago and it leaks after too much handling and exposure to hot sun. You may want to consider to add a plastic bag to your setup to prevent any mess.


Thanks for sharing your setup experience. So now intended to put a black trash bag inside the tub to act as kinda water proofing. Making use of the left over styrofoam to reinforce and to hold the trash bag in place...
http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag294/AhLimSan/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps34734a70.jpg
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Posted 30 January 2015 - 09:26 AM

Looks good. Now waiting to see pictures of your tomato sprouts.
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Posted 31 January 2015 - 01:11 AM

Hahaha.. Counting my chicken before they are hatched!!! :hysterical:/>
Picture of the seeds in spa after day 2!
http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag294/AhLimSan/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps1b4dfdba.jpg

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 06:56 AM

View PostLimSan, on 31 January 2015 - 01:11 AM, said:

Hahaha.. Counting the chicks before the eggs hatch!!! :hysterical:/>/>/>
Picture of the seeds in spa after day 2!
http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag294/AhLimSan/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps1b4dfdba.jpg



Just a hint don't keep too wet!as I see the seeds are starting to sprout.

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 09:14 AM

Yeah, they looks like they are sprouting.
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Posted 31 January 2015 - 12:58 PM

View Poststhh, on 31 January 2015 - 09:14 AM, said:

Yeah, they looks like they are sprouting.

Yea, woohoo... several of the seeds are sprouting..

I have read here about tomato plant often invite white flies. I ask this is because previously my chilli-padi plantlets were invaded by those white flies :ranting2:/> and I dumped all of them with soil into the bins..
So, are there any way/s to do to avoid those pest? Say like putting moth-ball or something near/around the tomato plantlets to keep the pest away? Safe than be sorry :hysterical:/>

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 12:32 AM

Thx for sharing.

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 02:05 AM

Did a check earlier and found the seeds were dried!!
May have to let the seeds continue to enjoy their spa till transplant.
The seed on the left seems to be the champion so far :hysterical:/>
Will be putting them under my desk lamp overnight for 8hrs....

Not sure when should the seeds be transplanted? Any expert advice? :unsure:/>

Day 3 - seeds still enjoying their spa.
http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag294/AhLimSan/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsc8bd8513.jpg

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 02:02 PM

Actually, I always sprout my seeds in it's individual sponge in the net pot full of clay balls itself, so that I don't have to worry about transplanting, and the roots would already have grown down the clayball seeking for nutrient and water.
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Posted 01 February 2015 - 04:57 PM

View PostLimSan, on 01 February 2015 - 02:05 AM, said:

Did a check earlier and found the seeds were dried!!
May have to let the seeds continue to enjoy their spa till transplant.
The seed on the left seems to be the champion so far :hysterical:/>/>
Will be putting them under my desk lamp overnight for 8hrs....

Not sure when should the seeds be transplanted? Any expert advice? :unsure:/>/>

Day 3 - seeds still enjoying their spa.
http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag294/AhLimSan/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsc8bd8513.jpg



LOL taking photos at 2am! Don't kill your tomatoes with kindness ah
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Posted 01 February 2015 - 09:34 PM

View Postlazearus, on 01 February 2015 - 04:57 PM, said:

LOL taking photos at 2am! Don't kill your tomatoes with kindness ah

Hahaha... Came home late (or too early in the 'am' lol), but still have to give them some TLC mah... :hysterical:/>

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 09:41 PM

View Poststhh, on 01 February 2015 - 02:02 PM, said:

Actually, I always sprout my seeds in it's individual sponge in the net pot full of clay balls itself, so that I don't have to worry about transplanting, and the roots would already have grown down the clayball seeking for nutrient and water.

Oh, ok thanks sthh. Since already put them 'spa' together liao :hitmyself:/>/> , will migrate those sprouted seeds into their new individual unit (those homemade tyko netted pot) soon...

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 12:14 PM

Ok, this an another DIY means of having individual unit of Hydroponic (Kratky Method) or in array form using my DIY foam-box setup.

Noticed there are several different capacity (height) disposable plastic cups that generally were used by drink vendors locally (food court/hawker centre) or can buy from SKP shops, I realised they are of similar cup lid opening size, if not the same! So, after figuring out that I could use the shorter cup to make the netted pot while the taller cup as the nutrient solution container. This means that it can be potted for individual hydroponic plant and/or when put together with the foam-box tub (same opening size) it can be formed an array of system which I think best for vegetables planting (next project???)

With individual unit also means less amount of nutrient solutions needed each period of time and with less mass/weight that aids mobility!

Much said, here's the picture...
http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag294/AhLimSan/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps9fb19981.jpg

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 12:18 PM

View PostLimSan, on 02 February 2015 - 12:14 PM, said:

Ok, this an another DIY means of having individual unit of Hydroponic (Kratky Method) or in array form using my DIY foam-box setup.

Noticed there are several different capacity (height) disposable plastic cups that generally were used by drink vendors locally (food court/hawker centre) or can buy from SKP shops, I realised they are of similar cup lid opening size, if not the same! So, after figuring out that I could use the shorter cup to make the netted pot while the higher cup as the nutrient solution container. This means that it can be potted for individual hydroponic plant and/or when put together with the foam-box tub it can be formed an array of system which I think best for vegetables planting (next project???)

With individual unit also means less amount of nutrient solutions needed each period of time and with less mass/weight that aids mobility!

Much said, here's the picture...
http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag294/AhLimSan/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps9fb19981.jpg


Nice, this setup would be useful for herbs, like basil.
For tomato plants, they drink too much, and needs a bigger reservoir. So everytime they drink, you need to top up water, which will mean varying ph and nutrient concentration. Hence I prefer a larger container.

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 02:57 PM

View Poststhh, on 02 February 2015 - 12:18 PM, said:

Nice, this setup would be useful for herbs, like basil.
For tomato plants, they drink too much, and needs a bigger reservoir. So everytime they drink, you need to top up water, which will mean varying ph and nutrient concentration. Hence I prefer a larger container.

Hahahaa, just nice you have reminded me that I still have some basil flowers/seeds which I've kept from its mother plant that I given it away last year. Sown few seeds earlier, gonna experiment it on hydroponic, heheheh

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 03:02 PM

Basil grows really well in hydroponics , it outgrew my soil based basil and kept on growing and growing.
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Posted 02 February 2015 - 03:03 PM

View PostLimSan, on 02 February 2015 - 02:57 PM, said:

Hahahaa, just nice you have reminded me that I still have some basil flowers/seeds which I've kept from its mother plant that I given it away last year. Sown few seeds earlier, gonna experiment it on hydroponic, heheheh

http://i1371.photobucket.com/albums/ag294/AhLimSan/February02201513740_zpsbed0fa2d.jpg


If you have some basil already growing, why don't you do a stem cutting, and just root it in water before transferring it into your new hydroponic setup? It will save you lots of growing time. I just cut some basil 3 days ago to root, and now the roots are already like 3-5cm long, lol.

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 03:25 PM

View Poststhh, on 02 February 2015 - 03:03 PM, said:

If you have some basil already growing, why don't you do a stem cutting, and just root it in water before transferring it into your new hydroponic setup? It will save you lots of growing time. I just cut some basil 3 days ago to root, and now the roots are already like 3-5cm long, lol.

Hahahaaa, I have given those basil plant away last year and no basil plant at the moment except those flowers/seeds, which sown earlier to try on hydroponic experiment :lol:/>
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