Swiss Chard – El Dorado

Alf Christianson Seed Co.May 2, 2016 = Day 0.  Plant started from seed (Park Seed Co.). Seeds sowed in 1.5-inch rockwool cube in 2-inch net-pot.  Moistened with dilute fertilizer solution (1.2 mL 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.

May 5 = Day 3.  Plant germinated, placed directly under a fluorescent light (2 ft. T8 bulb, 17W, 6500k) for 16 hours per day.

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May 13 = Day 11

May 21 = Day 19.  Installed plant into 2-gallon bucket.  Hydroponic solution composed of 2 gal (7.6 L) tap water, 30 mL 250x Masterblend 4-18-38, 30 mL 250x calcium nitrate, 30 mL 250x magnesium sulfate, 0.4 mL Dyna-Gro Pro-TeKt, 2 mL pH Down.  (This solution is equivalent to 2 gallons water, 4 g Masterblend, 4 g calcium nitrate, 2 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.  Plant moved to indoor grow room, receiving 8 hours LED grow light per day.

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May 26 = Day 24
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Jun 16 = Day 45
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Jul 6 = Day 65
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Jul 22 = Day 81

Jul 22 = Day 81.  Harvested most of the leaves, just left a few in the center.  Fluid was almost completely gone, so I added 0.75 gallons fresh hydroponic fluid.

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Jul 25 = Day 84

Aug 4 = Day 94.  Added 0.5 gallons fresh hydroponic fluid.

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Aug 11 = Day 101

Aug 13 = Day 103.  Harvested all remaining leaves.  Total fluid used = 2.3 gallons.

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