Mustard – Deep Purple, Savanna

mustardApr 7, 2016 = Day 0.  Plants started from seed (Park Seed: Deep PurpleSavanna).  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.

Apr 10 = Day 3.  Savanna mustard plant has germinated, placed directly under a fluorescent light (2 ft. T8 bulb, 17W, 6500k) for 16 hours per day.

Apr 13 = Day 6.  Deep purple mustard plant has now germinated as well.

Apr 19 = Day 12.  Installed plants into 5-gallon bucket.  Hydroponic solution composed of 5 gal (18.9 L) tap water, 75 mL 250x Masterblend 4-18-38, 75 mL 250x calcium nitrate, 75 mL 250x magnesium sulfate, 1 mL Dyna-Gro Pro-TeKt, 5 mL pH Down.  (This solution is equivalent to 5 gallons water, 10 g Masterblend, 10 g calcium nitrate, 5 g magnesium sulfate).  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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Apr 19 = Day 12.  Deep Purple (left), Savanna (right)
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May 2 = Day 25.  Deep Purple (left), Savanna (right).  Thinned to 1 plant per net-pot.
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May 13 = Day 36.  Deep Purple (left), Savanna (right)
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May 13 = Day 36.  Deep Purple (background left), Savanna (background right)

May 19 = Day 42.  Began harvesting lower leaves.

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May 26 = Day 49.  Deep Purple (left), Savanna (right)

Jun 15 = Day 69.  Added 1 gallon fresh hydroponic fluid.

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Jun 16 = Day 70.  Deep Purple (left), Savanna (right)

Jun 21 = Day 75.  Added 1 gallon fresh hydroponic fluid.

Jun 27 = Day 81.  Harvested all Savanna mustard leaves.  Chopped and steamed the leaves and then mixed with olive oil and garlic.  The green leaves were delicious, but the stalks were a bit too fibrous to eat.

Jun 28 = Day 82.  Added 1 gallon fresh hydroponic fluid.

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Jul 6 = Day 90

Jul 9 = Day 93.  Harvested all remaining leaves.  Total fluid used = 7.6 gallons (3.8 gallons per plant).

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