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Halfway wrote:I have 2 resident ladybugs on my ebb and flow tray. I have no idea what they are eating, but they have taken up residence...
That's great! Ladybugs are nice because they're easy to spot as they patrol your plants up and down and all over. :wink:

Other aphid predators I forgot to mention are Green Lace Wings -- the adults don't eat them but their voracious larvae look like ladybug larvae -- "alligator" -- except they're black/grey. I also catch spiders -- not the web spinning kind, but prowlers like jumping spiders -- I find around the house or garage and put them among the plants (they're FREE! :twisted: )

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Appreciate the input guys! Lady Bugs I could possibly live with but wasps on the other hand aren't really an option. All of my systems are in a spare bedroom in the house, spare in the fact I don't sleep in there but I do use the closet to hang my work clothes in. Dunking the plants would be a great solution put flipping them upside down when they are sitting in 2 gallons of hydroton would be a trick. Those rocks hurt when you step on one!

There is a HPS bulb in there Halfway, a 600watt unit. The tent is a DR80 applestar and yes its sealed up most of the time except when I'm in there tinkering around. Main reason I keep it zipped up is for ventilation purposes. Other reason is a 600watt bulb is bright and unless I cover the windows with mylar or something you can see this light a couple blocks away LOL. Most stores recommend a 250watt bulb for this tent but in my opinion that would be a waste of time. Running a 600 gives me about 87 watts per square foot which is ideal of light loving plants.

Obviously I've got to do some more research on this bug thing, first place I'll start is right here at HG.

All is not lost for the peppers, like I said I figured I might aswell try to take some cuttings and see if I can clone them.

Here's a stem, still young as older hardened stems never did well for me. Notice it's got atleast one node sticking below the rockwool. Nodes are the first place new roots form and I also lightly scrapped down the stem with the back side of a razor blade. I don't use gels or powders like alot of folks do, they just wash off when I put them in the system. Probably helps when doing this in dirt. Done it both ways with hydro and it didn't seem to make a difference for me. Important thing to do is to make a fresh cut at the base of the stem just as its going into the flooded tray.

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Humidity is probably more important for clones than it is for seedlings. I stuck these in with some lavendar that's just sprouting up. No direct light above these for a few days.

It's all for fun, maybe these will have a better life than their mothers who are sitting outside in the freezing snow!

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hydro,

I have a huge phobia of stinging insects (have had it for nearly 50 years) but the wasps do not sting. I'm still not sure I could handle them in my house though - it would be my luck to have a bunch of mutants that lover to tenderize me.

Last year, I had a sincere and monumental aphid problem. I mixed up a solution of water, Safer Soap and Neem oil and poured it into a pump-up garden sprayer. Every time I would spot a single aphid, all the seedlings (probably close to 500) got sprayed - top and bottom. Within two weeks, there was not a single aphid left.

I've also had success with boiling tomato plant leaves in water (be careful not to make the solution too strong - it can burn the plants) and spraying that on the plants and sprinkling garlic powder on the plants and grow media.

This summer, our neighborhood was hit with a white fly infestation. They were nearly impossible to control, especially since the fruit was ripe and I didn't want to spray the plants with anything that was not safe to eat the next day or would easily wash off. I was killing a few hundred thousand a day but they were replaced rather quickly.

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Pollination is probably not a issue. Peppers, unlike people, will not reproduce if they can not support offspring. If there is a problem with their basic conditions, they will not set, and will often abort set fruit. They grow very well hydroponically, if given the proper conditions.

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Looks great hydrogardener! Great idea for the supports. Bamboo?
Zone 4a.

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Halfway wrote:Looks great hydrogardener! Great idea for the supports. Bamboo?
Yes, bamboo. A large bundle costs me about three dollars. I make a teepee using a wire tie to hold the top together. The bamboo can be used several times as moisture has little effect on it.
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This post will wrap up my failed, yes not all things work as planed, attempted at growing hot peppers insed this winter. The plants went down due to the aphid invasion so back on the 18th of Dec. I cut 8 stems and tried my hand at cloneing them. It's been about 40 days and all 8 plants took root and are now beginning to grow.

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I used rockwool as a supprt and hydroton as a growth medium. The rockwool really isn't necessary but it keeps that cutting stable during the flood cycles. These cuttings contiued to flower and even formed a couple of small peppers but the purpose was to learn for me and all these plants are now gone. One was still carrying aphids even after repeated spraying. I'll be starting some more peppers soon for the outdoor garden and hope to get a handle on this bug issue well before hand.

SO in the future if you've got one favorite pepper plant you just wanta keep around, clone it! One plant becomes many in a short period of time.

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@hydroguy

i WISH my pepper plants looked like the ones i first saw in this thread! they look awesome dude!!

i haven't read this topic yet.. but i will right now..
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