PETOMATO. anyone else tried this?

LocoGuyJuly 30, 2014

Saw this toy online and decided to give it a try.

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LocoGuy

Pic 2

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 9:30PM
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LocoGuy

Pic3

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 9:32PM
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avidgardener25

How exactly is it made??

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 9:46PM
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LocoGuy

I think u could get a better explanation looking up a video on youtube. Petomato. But basically is this little tube that u can put on any waterbottle and grow ur plants from seed there. Let me see if I could find a pic from when I started the seed. Its supposed to be a habanero plant.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 9:58PM
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LocoGuy

Another pic

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 10:00PM
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LocoGuy

Flowers are coming along. Lets see if this thing actually produces peppers

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 3:05PM
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ronnyb123(Zone 9)

Could you make one with the larger soda bottles? Wouldnt it be better for the roots?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 3:49PM
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LocoGuy

I keep this plant inside somewhere where i cannot adjust the distance between the plant and the light. A big soda bottle would make it too tall. I also like changing the water once a week, so with a small bottle i dont waste as much water/fertilizer

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 4:30PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Okay, I'm confused. Where does the tomato part come in?

Dennis

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 11:04AM
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LocoGuy

Thats just the name of the gadget. But they sell it with other seeds too. Im doing this one with a habanero.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 11:33AM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

I have a question about this "system" but didn't want to start a new thread. Basically it is a small version of Pepper_Ranchers dual pot system, correct?

TIA
NECM

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 8:48AM
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LocoGuy

Not sure how that pepper ranchers system works. I googled it, but nothing came up. Whats on the top pot?

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 6:30PM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

There are two methods I've read about, "wicking" and "rooting". Wicking involves one pot inside another with the inside pot full of growing media that has a wick between the water with nutrients in the outside pail. Rooting has hydroponic media in the inside pot and the roots grow directly into the water as seen in the OP's pictures.

I assume Pepper_Ranchers method is a wicking system (Note holes in outside pail.) and the link below is the rooting system (Reading the description reports "the plant eventually drops roots directly into the solution" or I could be wrong on either one. Both systems feed the plant without pumps or aerators which is what I'm looking to accomplish.

NECM

Here is a link that might be useful: Pepper Plant growing in an off grid hydroponics container

This post was edited by northeast_chileman on Sun, Aug 10, 14 at 10:16

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:13AM
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LocoGuy

Seems like a fun project. What are the holes on the outside for? Is there a tutorial somewhere?

thanks

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 2:42PM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

There appears to be many variations of the two different systems, this one appears to be a cross between wick & root with no holes to drain for rooting system:

And this one a standard wick system :

Wick System
The simplest type of hydroponic system is the wick system. This type of system has no moving parts at all. It works exactly the same way that a oil lamp or tiki torch works, by wicking up the liquid as itâÂÂs being used. Although it can be constructed many different ways and out of many different materials, the basic function still remains the same. The plant is placed in the growing medium, and the growing medium is kept moist from the wick. The wick is simply made from a strip of a highly absorbent material like felt or cotton. The wick runs through the growing medium and out the bottom of the container into the nutrient reservoir. As the plants drink up the moisture in the growing medium, the wick continually sucks up moisture, keeping the growing medium moist with the nutrient solution.

Note the difference between the illustrations is the level of the water/nutrient level as one deep and assume immersed in the solution & one uses a wick to draw it up to potting media.

NECM

This post was edited by northeast_chileman on Mon, Aug 11, 14 at 6:14

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 3:38PM
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LocoGuy

For some reason the first picture is not showing

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 11:24PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

very nice.

This post was edited by seysonn on Mon, Aug 11, 14 at 2:47

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 2:43AM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

Fixed.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 6:16AM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

Pepper_Rancher, got any pictures of your 2 pot system, wicking & rooting area specifically?

TIA
NECM

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 6:20PM
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TNKS(7b)

Per the OP its called ghetto hydro

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:26PM
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LocoGuy

Putting out a lot of flowers

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:24PM
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LocoGuy

Not bad. Wish I had grown one of the superhots. This one is a habanero.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2014 at 1:15AM
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LocoGuy

Peppers started to turn colors, and putting out more flowers. I recently started doing something similar with the superhots. I took cuttings from the plants outside and put them in water with the nutrients and they seem to be doing pretty good.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2014 at 2:16PM
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Siouxzn(7)

What is the time frame from first planting the seeds to the current photo?

Also, do you cover the bottle so the roots are not exposed to light?

    Bookmark   September 30, 2014 at 3:51PM
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LocoGuy

Started them on June 1st. I always have the bottle covered. I wrap a sheet of paper around it. I only take it off for pictures.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2014 at 4:17PM
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LocoGuy

Not sure why, but it started to grow a whole bunch of peppers all of a sudden

    Bookmark   October 8, 2014 at 8:45PM
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LocoGuy

Picture from further back

    Bookmark   October 8, 2014 at 8:49PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Huh. Who would'a thunk it?

Cool.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2014 at 9:38PM
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djoyofficial(5-6)

Maybe it's just the Bhut blossom tea talking.... THANKS Loco for all of your contributions to the site..... LMFAO! Please tell me that I am not the only one that sees through this lame advertising scheme.

Sure, we can learn a lot from hydro style growing. Fact is, its novel and your never going to get much out of it. Full soil with or without synthetic ferts or full on hydro (pumps for fluid and maybe aeration) is the only way your going to get anything respectable.... The rest fall into the... Chia pet category.

Thanks for al of your contributions Loco@#$%

dj

This post was edited by djoy on Thu, Oct 9, 14 at 1:37

    Bookmark   October 9, 2014 at 1:28AM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

LMFAO! Please tell me that I am not the only one that sees through this lame advertising scheme.

Somehow I don't think LocoGuy is getting a cut of sales from the manufacturer from this blurb. Some may see it as an alternative to traditional methods of overwintering to get a jump start on next season. Others may see it as an enthusiastic chile grower providing a report on alternative growing system from the time consuming and expensive systems you noted, "Full soil with or without synthetic ferts or full on hydro (pumps for fluid and maybe aeration) is the only way".

That sweet tea sure put you in a sour mood aj!

This post was edited by northeast_chileman on Thu, Oct 9, 14 at 17:25

    Bookmark   October 9, 2014 at 6:43AM
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LocoGuy

Im just new to this whole kratky method, and I like how low maintenance it is. It even worked from a cutting i took off of a carolina reaper i have outside in soil (from PJ). From the time i took the cutting until now it had been about 5 weeks. The plant outside has not grown a dingle pepper. I found this link on youtube that made want to give it a try. http://youtu.be/GDxgBu7OlGU

Here is a link that might be useful: kratky peppers

    Bookmark   October 9, 2014 at 7:56AM
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LocoGuy

Still going strong.....

    Bookmark   November 4, 2014 at 10:49PM
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LocoGuy

Not sure what this one is. I used a can of tennis balls.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2014 at 10:58PM
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LocoGuy

Close up

    Bookmark   November 4, 2014 at 11:01PM
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LocoGuy

Another I dont know what it is. Used a 2 gallon bucket. Its supposed to be either a ghost or a reaper, but from the looks Im not sure.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2014 at 11:08PM
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northeast_chileman(6a)

Note on page 3 they use a 4 liter bottle.> A Suspended Pot, Non-Circulating Hydroponic Method ,

    Bookmark   November 5, 2014 at 5:36AM
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