My tomato plants - pictures
Wanted to post some pics of what I'm doing.
These seeds grew for 21 days before I planted them in the system. The pictures you see are after 6 days in the system.
I think I can get better next time because I don't have a good way to start seeds yet - I would leave the cubes soaking in a pool of water when I left for work in the morning so they wouldn't dry out - if I can improve my seed starting method I think they will be bigger at transplant time.
I am keeping logs in a spreadsheet like this:
Date Day PH EC Gallons Hrs Light Deg F Hum Requirements Action Taken (AT)
0 Germination to transplant was 21 days
02/25/08 1 6 1.3 4 18 82 50 Timer set to every 7 hrs (9:00 / 4:00 / 11:00)
02/26/08 2 6.8 1.6 3.5 18 82 55 Added H2O2 Adjusted PH back to 6
02/27/08 3 6.5 1.8 3.2 18 80 46
02/28/08 4 6.5 1.9 3 18 81 49 Added 1 gallon PH adj water Added Root 66 Adjusted PH (tried - still 6.5) Added H2O2
02/29/08 5 7 1.7 3.7 18 82 47 Adjusted PH to 6 (didn't check it) Added H2O2
03/01/08 6 6.5 1.9 3.4 18 83 51 Sprayed with TAG
Timer set to every 4 hrs
(9:00 / 1:00 / 5:00 / 9:00 / 1:00)
Other parts of the spreadsheet help me tell when it is time to start new seeds or take cuttings in order to have more plants ready to go by the time the current plants are done.
I also have another spreadsheet that helps me with mixing nutrient strengths and adjusting PH for a specific number of gallons that I input. This is all new to me but I'm trying to get up and running with a good start. Let me know if you have any input. Thanks!
I would also like to note that this will be very intersting to see what happens. These are "Burbank red slicing tomato", Lycopersicon esculentum. The seed pack says the plant spacing after thinning should be 20 to 30 inches. They are a stalky plant with lots of fruit and does not require staking. I have 6 plants only about 3 inches apart from each other. I anticipated having to trim side shoots maybe - and let them grow out to the back wall and the front instead. I wil learn if this is possible or if I should stick with only two or three plants next time around :)
I am battling the PH trying to keep it down and am afraid of adding too much of the PH Lower (phosophoric acid) -- I think maybe the clay balls were not washed well enough and the sediment in the tank maybe is throwing off the PH to 6.5 instead of 6.
I will try to organize all this better - maybe on to a web site - to share, eventually.
Here is a link that might be useful: Tomato Pictures