Cilantro – Calypso

Calypso cilantro is a typical variety of cilantro (also known as coriander). This variety is supposed to be very heat tolerant.  Growing 3 plants in a 5-gallon bucket.

Nov 8, 2015 = Day 0.  Plants started from seed (Park Seed).  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.

Nov 13 = Day 5.  Seeds germinated.  Transferred to grow room, receiving 3 hours sunlight + 5 hours LED grow-light per day.

Nov 26 = Day 18.  Plants 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.

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Dec 10 = Day 30

These plants are looking great, I haven’t done any thinning yet, so every plant that germinated is still growing (2-5 plants per net-pot).  I may need to thin some plants out soon.

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Dec 18 = Day 38
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Dec 28 = Day 48

Jan 3 = Day 54.  Plants thinned down to just 1 plant per net-pot.  I should have done this thinning long ago, because the leaves had become quite interwoven, requiring lots of tedious work to separate them.

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Jan 8 = Day 59

I have been harvesting leaves off these plants every week or so, and they just keep on producing more.  It’s great to always have fresh cilantro on hand.

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Jan 20 = Day 71

Feb 24 = Day 106.  Still harvesting lower leaves every week.  Plants look great, still going strong.  Container is starting to get light, so I added 0.5 gallons of fresh hydroponic fluid.

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Feb 24 = Day 106

Mar 1 = Day 112.  Added 0.75 gallons of fresh hydroponic fluid.

Mar 12 = Day 123.  Added 1 gallon of fresh hydroponic fluid.

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Mar 19 = Day 130.  Plants are starting to bolt.

Apr 9 = Day 151.  Added 0.25 gallons of fresh hydroponic fluid.

Apr 17 = Day 159.  Harvested all remaining leaves.  Total fluid usage = 7 gallons for 3 plants (2.3 gal/plant).

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Apr 17 = Day 159
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Apr 17 = Day 159
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