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Re: My plants seem to dry out quickly.

Who would have thought watering plants was nothing like oil in a car! :lol:
I just hope that this will fix my strawberry plants. I plan on giving them bigger containers next week, but I don't really know how large they require. I am thinking of just giving them the same size as the pepper plants.

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Re: My plants seem to dry out quickly.

Who would have thought watering plants was nothing like oil in a car! :lol:

You mist your car engine with oil? :)
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Re: My plants seem to dry out quickly.

Yeah totally, car loves it!

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Re: My plants seem to dry out quickly.

I was thinking the soil in those cups looking a little dry. Mine always looks soggy, even though I water from the bottom and the shop light is just a few inches above the leaves. Even if it does dry out, the top gets a crusted, compacted look. Not the light brown, sandy look yours has.

Do your cups have holes in the bottom to let excess water run out? I would also put more soil in those cups so they have more room for their roots. I wouldn't cover them again--just to see if they don't improve after a bit.

I called my peppers drama queens last year, which was the first time I'd grown peppers. They would wilt pretty often, look completely dead, and perk right back up when I watered them. I think the problem was ultimately that their roots needed more room, but they ultimately grew into big plants that produced a lot of fruit, so no worse for the wear.

I like your set up, though--I use a lot of tinfoil, too. ;p

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Re: My plants seem to dry out quickly.

Thanks! I'm not using tinfoil but rather mylar because I wanted to keep my box insulted. Unfortunately it did a very, very good job of this and would reach temperatures of 85 F in a 75 F home(while it was snowing outside!).
If you're using tinfoil to maximize light, I think white paint on a flat surface would provide much more light than tinfoil if the foil is crumpled up(like how mine looks).

I'm in the process of designing a new box that will be much sturdier and provide a lot of room. I don't think there would be enough room in the current box for the plants to grow tall. I don't think that would be a problem for my strawberries.

I'm using a CAD program to design this new one so I have some idea of what I really want.

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Re: My plants seem to dry out quickly.

Nice work on your plant growing.

Can you put up a pic of your whole setup? Like the light, ventilation, etc ...

As someone has pointed out, White paint is one of the best things for light reflection & cleaning.
And yea, misting in cool conditions will definitely expose your plants to issues. The only advantage of misting certain plants is that you can clean the leaves & that you can't over fertilise your plants.

And, as some one else was eluding too ... make sure there is plenty of drainage in your soil & pots. Obviously much larger soil area leads to a more forgiving soil environment ie PH, fertiliser, water/drying out.

Make sure you don't use harmful chemicals & you flush plants with clean fresh water a little while before harvesting any produce.

Playing mother nature can be a lot harder than outdoor growing. Nice work. :P

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Re: My plants seem to dry out quickly.

CAD, that's pretty hardcore. I use Google SketchUp, but I haven't really made anything based on it. Mostly I've modeled backgrounds for comics I work on. So that's really cool.

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Re: My plants seem to dry out quickly.

I can't get any pictures of the box because of the giant light bulb.
Maybe when I rip it apart when I've got the new one ready.

I am pretty amazed at how much a difference a good watering made. Holy crap!

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Cola82 wrote:CAD, that's pretty hardcore. I use Google SketchUp, but I haven't really made anything based on it. Mostly I've modeled backgrounds for comics I work on. So that's really cool.
I like having a working canvas so I can see how I want something to turn out. It's not as pleasant to wing it. Just take a look at my current abomination! :lol:

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Re: My plants seem to dry out quickly.

Alternatively, since your leaves look soft, you can bottom water . Put the pots in a shallow tray and let them wick up the water from the bottom. When it is moist at the top. Drain them well before putting them back in their "Hotel".
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