Kale – Dwarf Blue Curled

kaleJan 29, 2016 = Day 0.  Plants started from seed (Botanical Interests).  Seeds sowed in 1.5-inch rockwool cube in 2-inch net-pot.  Moistened with dilute fertilizer solution: 1.2 mL (1/4 tsp) Dyna-Gro Liquid Grow, 0.8 mL pH Down per gallon of tap water.  Nutrient concentrations (in ppm):  N 22, P 29, K 16, Ca 6, Mg 1.6, S 0.2, Fe 0.3, Mn 0.2, B 0.1, Zn 0.2, Cu 0.2, Mo 0.003, Ni 0.0003, Co 0.005.  pH = 6.0.

Jan 31 = Day 2.  Plants germinated, placed directly under a fluorescent light (2 ft. T8 bulb, 17W, 6500k) for 16 hours per day.

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Feb 6 = Day 8

Feb 11 = Day 13.  Installed plants into 3.5-gallon bucket.  Hydroponic solution composed of 3.5 gal tap water, 7 g MasterBlend 4-18-38, 7 g calcium nitrate, 3.5 g magnesium sulfate, 0.7 mL Dyna-Gro Pro-TeKt, 3.5 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 = 6.0.  Plants moved to indoor grow room, receiving 9 hours LED grow light per day, plus 3 hours sunlight per day.

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Feb 11 = Day 13
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Feb 24 = Day 26.  2 plants per spot (6 plants total).
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Mar 19 = Day 50

Mar 27 = Day 58.  Added 0.5 gallon fresh hydroponic fluid.  Started harvesting leaves weekly.

Apr 5 = Day 67.  Added 0.5 gallon fresh hydroponic fluid.

Apr 9 = Day 71.  Added 0.5 gallon fresh hydroponic fluid.

Apr 16 = Day 78.  Added 1.5 gal fresh hydroponic fluid.

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Apr 19 = Day 81

Apr 29 = Day 91.  Added 0.5 gallon fresh hydroponic fluid.

May 11 = Day 103.  Added 0.75 gallon fresh hydroponic fluid.

May 26 = Day 118.  Added 0.5 gallon fresh hydroponic fluid.

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May 26 = Day 118.  Only 4 plants remain.

Jun 5 = Day 128.  Added 0.5 gallon fresh hydroponic fluid.

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Jun 15 = Day 138

Jun 15 = Day 138.  Harvested all leaves.  Prepared leaves by steaming for 3 minutes, and then dressing with olive oil, black pepper, and fresh minced garlic.

Total hydroponic fluid used = 8.25 gallons for 6 plants (1.38 gallons per plant).

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