Indoor plant switched from flowering to vegetative photoperiod

shadoh6October 31, 2013

I have an indoor serrano pepper plant that was doing really great about a month ago, putting out dozens of new blooms with rich, green foliage, but now I have a serious problem. Here are the details:

Serrano pepper
Hand watered coco coir in a 7 gallon pot
Hydroponic nutrient 800-1000 ppm fed once daily
12 hours of HPS 600 watt light daily

About 3 weeks ago, aphids began to start attacking it starting from branches and leaves on the very interior of the plant. I removed the infested branches, applied various organic sprays (neem, garlic, spicy pepper, etc.) to no avail. Long story short, the aphids have killed off 60-80% of the leaves, and I have hope that the pesticide I am using will solve the problem of aphids for now.

My question is now that I want the plant to regrow its leaves, would it be advisable to switch to a 18/6 or 24/0 photoperiod to induce a vegetative state? There are only about 4-5 small peppers that have fruited, and I don't really care what happens to them since I am more concerned about the overall plant than a couple of underdeveloped fruit.

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cole_robbie(6)

Peppers are photoperiod independent. They will flower regardless of the lighting schedule.

Lady bugs eat aphids. You could try them, but be careful not to kill them with your sprays.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 12:47PM
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Jeff_H

Agreed. Peppers are not pot. the type of light and the amount of time will not affect flowering. That being said, if you are trying to regrow vegetation, 18/6 wouldn't be bad and the plant will grow faster than 12/12 but don't do 24/0. They need some darkness.

Notes seem high for coco being hand watered too. If you start to see shriveled new growth or dying growth tips, I would look to your nute strength first. In your type of application, you should be about 1/2 strength of where you are.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 1:38PM
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hardclay7a

I also am in agreement. However I have never been able to get a plant to "regrow" dead, damaged, or missing leaves along it's stem or branches. They always seem to be adding new leaves at the growing tips.
~Ken~

    Bookmark   November 26, 2013 at 12:05PM
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