Sunday, December 17, 2017

Capsaicin Chaos - Episode 13 - A Little Stress Goes A Long Way



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[ Disclaimer ] 

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[ Intro ] 


    Whats up growers!  This week we have a whole new grow started in our small tent that previously held our lettuce.  I have transplanted ten Dragon Cayenne peppers into solo cups and placed them under my four bulb T5 lights.   I started them for the purpose of an experiment that an episode in the near future will cover.  I will have pictures of them and start giving updates once the episode talking about the experiment is released.  At the moment, I don't want to give away any hints about the future episode so I will be skipping the gallery and updates on those plants in this episode. I also started bumping up the nutrients in the Anaheim and Big Tai peppers nutrient solution and began low stress training now that we are really starting to see the benefits of the topping we gave them in episode eleven.

[ Low Stress Training ]

    For those who have never heard of low stress traning today is going to be a big day for your yields.  Lst is a technique to help grow bush plants with many more fruits than the same plant without stress. In order to give out plants a little stress and encourage them to start bushing out we are going to tie the main stem down to the side of our solo cup with twine.  Plants always grow up toward there light source and this can cause some fun effects when you bend a plant to the side.  This introduces light to all of the lower foliage that was previously not as exposed.  This encourages our lower foliage to grow upwards creating multiple new main stems where the nodes were starting to grow.  As the plants progress the effects will become very clear in the progress pictures.  Below are images of one of the plants tied down so that you can visualize my process for low stress training.  I will continue to tie down until I feel the plants will get bushy enough to fill my tent with fruit.

[ Anaheim & Big Tai Update ]


    On December 15th I watered the peppers with the solution listed below.  The bottom foliage was starting to turn light yellow.  This normally indicates a nutrient deficiency.  This is our plants way of telling us we need to start feeding it more.  The day after watering the plants were looking much better and the growth rates started to steadily gain steam.
   This morning I noticed the foliage starting to yellow a small bit at the bottom of a few of the peppers so I decided to water them again this evening(12/17/2017) with a solution with the ppm bumped up a bit higher.  I was aiming for a bit over 1000 this time and ended up landing on 1180.  Below is the solution I watered with after stressing them plants.  I also fed them a mixture of ten parts tap water to one part hydrogen peroxide to kill of any chance of remaining gnat larva.  I watered with my hydrogen peroxide solution then waited about half an hour and fed the peppers the solution below.

[ Anaheim Gallery ] 

[ Big Tai Update ] 


  1. Don't the stems grow stunted when you tie them like that?

    1. I don't tend to notice anything I would consider stunted growth it just shapes it differently but, I don;y ever experience and slowness in growth with LST and generally see the opposite. I tend to tie them down and a bit more usually but, on this one I was a little late and nervous about damaging the stem earlier than I'd like too. They are doing great though! I'll post updated pics in the next episode in a few days and you can see the progress :)