My progressive report on my Hydroponic Sili Labuyo. This is trial 1.
- October 17, 2013
- October 21, 2013 (Day 0)
- November 1, 2013 (Day 11)
October 17, 2013
I brought a Sili Labuyo seedling from the farm to the house. This seedling came from the Sili Labuyo seeds we started on August 21, 2013.
October 21, 2013 (Day 0)
I transplanted the Sili Labuyo seedling from soil to a hydroponic setup (Kratky Method) with the filling as charcoal.
November 1, 2013 (Day 11)
Everyday I visit the Sili Labuyo to see how well it was doing. I thought it was doing well, since it has direct access to plant nutrients, until I transplanted a Sili Labuyo from our starter seedlings to a polybag that has vermicompost rich soil 7 days ago in the farm.
The Sili Labuyo that was planted on the vermicompost rich soil was doing really well, even better compared to the Sili Labuyo we planted on the field.
We made sure that the Sili Labuyo that was planted on the vermicompost rich soil was away from the rain so the soil would not get compacted and still get good amount of sunlight. I did research on which soil type would Chilis grow best and it was stressed that the soil must be well draining.
This got me thinking that maybe the Kratky Method was not the right method for the Sili Labuyo to grow. So I need to modify things a bit.
Changing the Cup
I noticed that the roots of my Sili Labuyo was not going out of the cup. The cause of this might be because I just punched 8 holes below the cup with a nail. The holes might be too small and they were sometimes closing. So I took another cup and this time punched a heated nail (bigger) to create bigger holes that do not close.
I noticed when I transplanted the Sili Labuyo to the new cup, there were good number of white roots that were still in the cup. Maybe I was right on the assumption that the holes were just too small. I’ll know this when the roots become longer (I hope).
No more Kratky Method
Since the Sili Labuyo was in a Kratky Method Hydroponic the roots were soaked in water. It might be that I placed too much water inside that it soaked the roots therefore slows down the growing process of the Sili Labuyo. So I decided to change the method today.
This time I placed it on a small container and had the water solution not touch the cup. This time I will be watering the Sili Labuyo about 3-4 times a day so that the roots will have access to the nutrients on the water solution and at the same time the water will drain mimicking the well draining soil. I’m not really sure what this setup is called (Ebb and Flow?, Nutrient Film Technique?)
Since the cup does not touch the water, there’s a high tendency for the roots to become dry. Therefore, it is importatnt that I water the Sili Labuyo regularly.
I’ll try to maintain this setup for a week and I’ll see what happens.
This blog post will be updated regularly to document the progress of my Hydroponic Sili Labuyo…
Unless it dies (I hope not).