Pepper – Lipstick

lipstick-pepper-webLipstick is a 4-inch long, red tapered variety of pepper.

Apr 14, 2015 = Day 0.  Plant started from seed (Baker Creek).  Moistened with dilute fertilizer:  Dyna-Gro Liquid Grow, diluted 1 mL (1/5 tsp) per gallon of tap water.  Nutrient concentrations (in ppm):  N 18, P 24, K 13, Ca 5, Mg 1, S 0.13, Fe 0.26, Mn 0.13, B 0.05, Zn 0.13, Cu 0.13, Mo 0.002, Ni 0.0003, Co 0.004.  pH = 7.0.

Apr 25, 2015 = Day 11.  Seeds germinated.  Transferred to grow room, receiving 14 hours LED grow-light per day.

May 6, 2015 = Day 22.  Plant installed in 5-gallon bucket.  Hydroponic solution composed of 5 gal tap water, 10 g MasterBlend 4-18-38, 10 g calcium nitrate, 5 g magnesium sulfate, 1 mL Dyna-Gro Pro-TeKt, 4 mL pH Down.  Nutrient concentrations (in ppm):  N 103, P 95, K 202, Ca 100, Mg 29, S 34, Fe 2.1, Mn 1.1, B 1.1, Zn 0.3, Cu 0.3, Mo 0.05, Si 4.  pH = 6.5.

Jun 15, 2015 = Day 62.  Plant is beginning to flower.

pepper-lipstick
Jun 26, 2015 = Day 73

This plant was growing in a small closet, using an overhead LED grow light and a fan for air flow.  The foliage on this plant was beautiful, and many flowers had developed, but I could never get the plant to set fruit.  My theory was that the humidity in the room was too high to allow fruit setting.  I left the closet door cracked open, but this room was still warm and humid much of the time.   I even tried hand pollinating using a cotton swab, but still was unsuccessful.  Plant was discarded at the end of July.  I hope to try this one again sometime.

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