Swiss Chard – El Dorado

Alf Christianson Seed Co.Swiss chard is an extremely tasty and nutritious green, especially once steamed and coated in olive oil and fresh minced garlic.  Delicious!  The leaves are always green, but the stalks of Swiss chard come in a rainbow of colors: pink, yellow, red, or white.

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).  N-P-K (in ppm): 22-12-13.

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, 4 g MasterBlend 4-18-38, 4 g calcium nitrate, 2 g magnesium sulfate, 0.4 mL Dyna-Gro Pro-TeKt, 2 mL pH Down.  N-P-K (in ppm): 103-41-168.  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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