All new to hydroponics, have some questions about growth.
I am up to my fifth week of hydrogrowing.
I grow Habaneros, bhuts, nagabon,cayenne and stevia.
Plants were started in soil.
im using a ghe aquafarm, perlite as medium, ghe flora series nutrition.
First 2 weeks i had not a ppm meter, so i mixed up a quit lean solution.
when i got my meter , solution measured 370ppm
week 2 i changed it and mixed up to the value 800ppm.
today, 2 weeks later it measures 720ppm.
ph has been steady between 5-6
i use filtered rainwater , as my tap water i 8,6ph
water temp ~17-18*C ,don't know why the low temp? , the farm is up on a bench, not a cold floor
I have tested several different drip/dry time ratios, from constant drip to 1:8 drip/dry (30min:4h)
which makes no visible difference whatsoever
don't know how long i dare to extend the dry time? , perlite feels dry to the touch after appr. 1h
So , to the question.
With the information i provide , can anyone give me some clue why the plants grow (much) slower than their friends that grow in soil.
their friends are started the same time, in same propagator, and they share same lighting.
while these have more or less been having a standstill, their friends have growing appr. 30-40% since 5 weeks back.
plants are started between x-mas and newyear
They look nice, green and healthy, and showed no tranplant shock
after i pulled them from the soil,
so i can't really see what's holding them back.
I noticed the other thread below regarding slow growing habaneros,
But there was not really any solution provided.
ok , thanks