Growing with noise free LED Panel

Growing with noise free LED Panel - Harvest

Currently our newest lamp is the 300W, and in the following months I will be testing it by growing six varieties of chilli pepper. What follows is a brief logbook of what I've done so far, and what the results are.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know by writing to me via the contact page. The most recent updates are on the top.

12th of July 2018:

Growth is going rapidly, as you can see in the following pictures. I'm watering regularly, when the soil is dry to about 1 cm below the surface. A couple of the plants have started producing flowers. This could be due to the change in light spectrum or the amount of light hours per day. It seems a little early to expect them. I'll leave them be and see what happens. I trust that if the plants can't handle the flowers they will drop them.

 From left to right, these are the Cayenne, Bolivian Rainbow and the Anaheim, showing the buds of starting flowers. Right click -> open picture in a new tab for more detail.

4th of July 2018:

By now I'm not updating so often because the day to day changes aren't very exciting. In retrospect I may have overdone the temperature in the first couple of weeks. I'm keeping the room at 25 °C (77 °F) now and the soil some degrees higher. The leaves have gotten quite numerous and large so I'm upping the strength and amount of light to about 200 watts now (consumption of the LED lamp), for 16 hours a day. I have added half an hour of light per day every couple of days now, And I think I'll stop at around 17-18 hours per day. My thinking is I'll do it slowly and not all at once to simulate a conversion from spring to summer, although much quicker. You may also notice the change in the colour of the light, which is because I changed the setting to the flowering mode, meaning that the neutral white LEDs are now getting as much power as the cool white LEDs, adding a lot of red light to the spectrum. This will stimulate more vertical growth. It has now been 28 days, 4 weeks, since the seeds were sown. 

25th of June 2018:

I have made a selection of the biggest and healthiest of the seedlings of every variety. I've placed these in their own seperate 10cm pot in Plagron Allmix (I had it lying around) and watered them to make them settle.  Each of the new pots was labeled seperarely. This is the current set-up of my grow room:

18th of June 2018:

The temperature of the soil is still 28 °C. Most of the excess water has been absorbed or has evaporated. If I counted correctly, 25 seeds have properly germinated by now (in less than 2 weeks!) and in most cases they've grown to 3-5 cm. As soon as it is time to repot them, which I will do once they've grown a second set of leaves, I will make a selection of the best of each variety. The rest will be given to friends and family.

 

13th of June 2018:

Temperature of the soil is 28 °C, I've added some water, possibly too much, there is a layer of water at the bottom, as there is currently no drainage. Multiple seedlings have germinated now and many of them are about 2,5 cm high. 

11th of June 2018:

By now multiple seeds have germinated. I was not expecting this to happen so soon. Not all seeds have germinated but the hotter varieties can take up to 3-4 weeks so I am not worried. As you can see in the pictures below I use a probe to measure the temperature of the peat/soil, and a free standing one to measure the temperature of the air. When I'm not looking at them the pods are covered with a clear plastic cover.

 

6th of June 2018:

I planted 6 seeds of every species I will be growing in peat pellets that have been hydrated to look like a bunch of dinosaur eggs (pictures will follow). I placed them in propagator green houses and added a heating mat underneath, as well as a heating unit with the thermostat set on about 24 °C. Above I have placed a 300W Ledgrow Hanspanel, of our own design and making, and set it to about 100W using a wattmeter. The lamp is mostly for extra heat at this point, because the seeds won't need light any time soon, and to get the upcoming seedlings acquainted with the strong light that they will be getting for the coming months. The aim is to get the temperature inside the 1x1 square meter growroom to be just below 30 °C, to mimic the tropical heat and the humid environment that these chilli plants love to thrive in. In the following days I will use a digital thermometer to fine tune the heating mat to get the peat pellets to about 28 °C; the air in the tent can be a little colder. The varieties I planted are: Anaheim, Pasilla bajioCayenne long slim, Bolivian Rainbow, Tepin and Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper). The peat is really moist right now.

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Currently our newest lamp is the 300W, and in the following months I will be testing it by growing six varieties of chilli pepper. What follows is a brief logbook of what I've done so far, and what the results are.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know by writing to me via the contact page. The most recent updates are on the top.

12th of July 2018:

Growth is going rapidly, as you can see in the following pictures. I'm watering regularly, when the soil is dry to about 1 cm below the surface. A couple of the plants have started producing flowers. This could be due to the change in light spectrum or the amount of light hours per day. It seems a little early to expect them. I'll leave them be and see what happens. I trust that if the plants can't handle the flowers they will drop them.

 From left to right, these are the Cayenne, Bolivian Rainbow and the Anaheim, showing the buds of starting flowers. Right click -> open picture in a new tab for more detail.

4th of July 2018:

By now I'm not updating so often because the day to day changes aren't very exciting. In retrospect I may have overdone the temperature in the first couple of weeks. I'm keeping the room at 25 °C (77 °F) now and the soil some degrees higher. The leaves have gotten quite numerous and large so I'm upping the strength and amount of light to about 200 watts now (consumption of the LED lamp), for 16 hours a day. I have added half an hour of light per day every couple of days now, And I think I'll stop at around 17-18 hours per day. My thinking is I'll do it slowly and not all at once to simulate a conversion from spring to summer, although much quicker. You may also notice the change in the colour of the light, which is because I changed the setting to the flowering mode, meaning that the neutral white LEDs are now getting as much power as the cool white LEDs, adding a lot of red light to the spectrum. This will stimulate more vertical growth. It has now been 28 days, 4 weeks, since the seeds were sown. 

25th of June 2018:

I have made a selection of the biggest and healthiest of the seedlings of every variety. I've placed these in their own seperate 10cm pot in Plagron Allmix (I had it lying around) and watered them to make them settle.  Each of the new pots was labeled seperarely. This is the current set-up of my grow room:

18th of June 2018:

The temperature of the soil is still 28 °C. Most of the excess water has been absorbed or has evaporated. If I counted correctly, 25 seeds have properly germinated by now (in less than 2 weeks!) and in most cases they've grown to 3-5 cm. As soon as it is time to repot them, which I will do once they've grown a second set of leaves, I will make a selection of the best of each variety. The rest will be given to friends and family.

 

13th of June 2018:

Temperature of the soil is 28 °C, I've added some water, possibly too much, there is a layer of water at the bottom, as there is currently no drainage. Multiple seedlings have germinated now and many of them are about 2,5 cm high. 

11th of June 2018:

By now multiple seeds have germinated. I was not expecting this to happen so soon. Not all seeds have germinated but the hotter varieties can take up to 3-4 weeks so I am not worried. As you can see in the pictures below I use a probe to measure the temperature of the peat/soil, and a free standing one to measure the temperature of the air. When I'm not looking at them the pods are covered with a clear plastic cover.

 

6th of June 2018:

I planted 6 seeds of every species I will be growing in peat pellets that have been hydrated to look like a bunch of dinosaur eggs (pictures will follow). I placed them in propagator green houses and added a heating mat underneath, as well as a heating unit with the thermostat set on about 24 °C. Above I have placed a 300W Ledgrow Hanspanel, of our own design and making, and set it to about 100W using a wattmeter. The lamp is mostly for extra heat at this point, because the seeds won't need light any time soon, and to get the upcoming seedlings acquainted with the strong light that they will be getting for the coming months. The aim is to get the temperature inside the 1x1 square meter growroom to be just below 30 °C, to mimic the tropical heat and the humid environment that these chilli plants love to thrive in. In the following days I will use a digital thermometer to fine tune the heating mat to get the peat pellets to about 28 °C; the air in the tent can be a little colder. The varieties I planted are: Anaheim, Pasilla bajioCayenne long slim, Bolivian Rainbow, Tepin and Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper). The peat is really moist right now.

3 Noise Free Ledgrow panels, 750 U$ plus 50 U$ shipping
1 Noise Free Ledgrow panel, 205 € plus 25 € shipping
2 Noise Free LedGrow panels, 400 € plus 20 € shipping
3 Noise Free LedGrow panels, 580 € plus 20 € shipping
1 Noise Free Ledgrow panel, 270 U$ plus 50 U$ shipping
2 Noise Free Ledgrow panels, 520 U$ plus 50 U$ shipping