Hello! I am a first-time indoor gardener with beginner/intermediate knowledge from reading several books and browsing on this website. I started all of my plants from seed and transplanted them 3 times into larger containers as needed. Apartment temperature ranges from 70-80 F. I should use a fan, but I never managed to buy one. I want this to be 100% indoors and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not interested in transplanting outside, even in the Summer.
My current watering schedule is once every 2-3 days, or when the first inch or so of soil feels dry. I also mist the leaves on occasion with plain filtered water or a mixture of filtered water and kelp/potash (listed below). I'm unsure how much water to add for each plant. I'm also unsure how much fertilizer to add for the bi-weekly feeding. I've been eyeballing the amount of water and fertilizer, but I want to be more consistent and was hoping for some answers. For green, leafy growth, I used the 4-3-3 fertilizer and gave the plants 16 hours of light/day. For flowering, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m using the 2-4-1 fertilizer with 12 hours of light/day.
I think I did pretty well for a first-time grower, but I welcome your advice to do it better next time. I would appreciate some tips on pruning as well. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve read about people snipping their 6 inch plants to 3 inches and their 12 inch plants to 6 inches. Is this necessary? My tomato plant is very leggy, and weak unless supported by bamboo. The plant itself is massive and it has several fruits. On occasion, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll get withered, dead leaves which I snip of from the shoot. My habanero plants are bushy and stout with a lot of flowers that die off instead of providing fruit. Every now and then, some of the bottom leaves fall off as well. My jalapeno plant is short, but healthy. The blossoms have given 2 to 3 jalapenos so far. How can I increase these numbers?
Early Jalapeno (70-100 days from germination)
Gold Nugget Tomato (100-140 days from germination)
Orange Habanero (100-140 days from germination)
My Lighting Unit:
4-Ft Tek Light - High Output T5 - 10,000 Lumens
-1 Blue Fluorescent Bulb - 54 Watt - 5,000 Lumens - 6500 Kelvin
-1 Red Fluorescent Bulb - 54 Watt - 5,000 Lumens - 3000 Kelvin
My Potting Mix:
Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix and Miracle Gro Orchid Potting Mix (sphagnum peat moss, forest products and composted bark) mixed with enough Perlite so the soil drains easily and doesn't clump up into a ball. I know Miracle Gro is not recommended, but this was the most convenient option for me at the time. I lack the tools and space to make good compost.
Neptune's Harvest Organic Hydrolyzed Fish Fertilizer, 2-4-1
Aggrand Organic Liquid Fertilizer, 4-3-3
Aggrand Natural Liquid Kelp & Sulfate of Potash, 0-0-8
Aggrand Natural Liquid Lime, with Magnesium & Calcium (pH +)
Aggrand Organic Liquid Bonemeal, 0-12-0