Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics – Update 1 Month

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth

It’s hard to believe that its been a whole month since I first planted the Jalapeño seeds into the rockwool.

Last week (photo below) we saw the Jalapeño forming much larger leaves and thickened stems:

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 3 Growth
Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 3 Growth

So how have the jalapeñoes grown over rthe last week?

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth
Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth

They have gone through that initial growth spurt that I have come to expect from most plants once their first leaves start growing. The plants have grown larger leaves, and what were once small leaves are now quite a decent size. They have also started growing new small leaves – will these be big next week?

One big change is that we have gone from 5 pepper plants to one! No they didn’t die. Jalapeño plants are quite a lot bigger than lettuces, and I want to make sure that they have enough space to grow. So I have removed all but one pepper plant from the bucket.

Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth
Growing Jalapeño Peppers in Kratky Hydroponics, Week 4 Growth

I did wait a tad bit too long to transplant them, but here they are getting ready to be moved outdoors. We have a family friend with a garden that’s ready for “winter” crops – most of the year in Kuwait is too hot to really grown plants, we tend to grow during “winter”.

Did you see that little sad looking Jalapeño at the front right in the photo? That’s what happens when a couple of the plants grow faster than others in Kratky; some plant roots start sucking up water before all plants have necessarily put out their roots, dropping the water level in the bucket. I should have maintained the water level with slight top-ups. Whilst the plant does have some green leaves on it, most fell off with the slightest of touches. I have given it plenty of water, but chances are that one seedling will die.

We still have 3 other plants, plus one growing in my Aerogarden Bounty. I hope we get a good harvest of peppers out of all these plants.

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