Help with iceberg lettuce

FastForwardMarch 24, 2013

Im new with hydroponics. I need some advice and opinions about this iceberg lettuce they are a week old i have not taken them outside i have them in my room i water them daily they look thin and long its that normal. I would like to know when should i move them to the hydroponic system (NFT). It gets really hot outside above 90F in full sun 80F to 85F in the shade, if the water its cool enough does it help.At night tempeture is 75F to 70F. Water ph is 6.0 to 6.5 . Do they need full sun? I do not have them under light i took the picture at night.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

As soon as a seed germinates, it needs light, or else they get "leggy," which is what you have. You need a light fixture if you are starting them indoors, but you can use any kind of fluorescent light. They are cheap. You can screw a spiral cfl bulb into any inexpensive desk lamp and make it a grow light for seedlings. You will also need a small fan to move air in the room. They need a gentle breeze, or that can also make them leggy. I would just yank those and start over.

My best luck with cool weather crops outdoors in hot weather has been under a deck on a concrete pad. They like the shade and the concrete helps keep the roots cool. The small rockwool cube by itself is not great for the hot weather, because it heats up so quickly. If you move them into a system with a lot of mass, like a deep water culture setup, that will help your roots not get too hot.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 11:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

*What he said*

You need throw those away and get the next seedlings under full sunlight or an indoor setup. Those will not turn out well with how leggy they're already.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 6:00PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
New to Hydrophonics
Hello all ,Im new to the Hydro thing. Im going to start...
PVC Tower System - Adding oxygen mid-stream
I have built my first hydro system from 4" PVC...
Pepper Plant Fruiting
Hi, I am wondering if I can keep continuously fruiting...
New hydro/soil hybrid garden. Multiple veggies, what should I feed?
Ok so I have a good handle on a pure hydro garden and...
Joe Mckee
New to hydroponics
I just found out about the idea of hydroponics after...
Sponsored Products
Carpet Samples: Martha Stewart Living Flooring Hadlow Hall - Color Mariner 6
$4.85 | Home Depot
Toscano Dining Table - Natural Natural
Joybird Furniture
Lineo Sink Tray
$5.99 | zulily
Cosequin DS Capsules Dog Joint Supplements - 015NM-DS250
$104.99 | Hayneedle
Polaris 16 Ga Sink 1 Strainers 2 Grids
Simple Living Red Montego Buffet
Jeco Broken Barrel Indoor / Outdoor Water Fountain - FCL074
$139.99 | Hayneedle
Kenroy Home Outdoor Lighting. Brent Outdoor Oil-Rubbed Bronze Table Lamp
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™