My poor little Hydroponic "Starters" are getting killed (I think)...
Temps hit a hundred degrees (91 on the computer's weather channel, but on the back porch the temp clearly hit the 100 degree mark); the seedlings, peppers, I just put into the drip system are collapsing. The eggplant and some others in DWC buckets are wilting...
I think tomorrow I may have to scrap the whole first start :(
If they look beyond saving I guess I just clean the Hydrouton pellets and the containers and start over???
I sure wish there was a way to confirm the cause. I am guessing excessive heat; the spot the containers is in gets 7 or 8 hours of Florida Sun.
If that's it I can move the systems (with some rewiring). But how do I know it it was the heat? What if the nutrient solution was too strong (or weak)? I used Miracle Grow Tomato (water soluble) to the directions on the box. But that is for a watering can; maybe I should have cut the amount of food because the plants are drinking it each and every day?
First try... I will not give up. Just hope to learn what to modify.
I did adjust the PH down to under 6.2 or so before starting.
The DWC bucket has the bottom of the net pot submerged about an inch into the solution so the Hydrouton can wick the moisture up to the plant's roots. There is a small air pump and air stone bubbling in the 5 gallon bucket. In the drip system I have a water pump feeding 8 small pepper seedlings (2" high) each in it's own small net pot each with a line and an emitter zip tied into it. Hydrouton pellets hold the little guys in place.
Any thoughts would be welcome.
My soil based tomatoes, my papaya, my blackberries are all OK... The problems are just in the Hydroponics.
Here is a link that might be useful: Some photos of my modest little setup...
This post was edited by HydroPapa on Tue, Apr 16, 13 at 18:30