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Hydroid™ Growing Carolina Reaper Super Peppers

We were totally psyched when our Carolina Reaper (a.k.a. HP22B) super-hot pepper seeds finally came arrived! We’ve been looking for something fun to grow at our facility using our Hydroid™ automation system, and what better to grow than the hottest pepper on earth?

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Image courtesy of http://www.thepepperseed.com

They just look evil don’t they? If you’d like to purchase some, we bought our seeds online here: Carolina Reapers from Pucker Butt Pepper Co

It took a solid 30-40 days before our pepper seeds sprouted. It was probably a little colder than they would have liked, but four beans popped and so we promptly put them into our hydroponic system.

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A fresh pepper sprout

The peppers will be grown using a 4-bucket undercurrent DWC system from Current Culture (Current Culture), along with the “I-Beam” 300W induction light from Brotherhood (I-Beam).

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A picture of a pepper plant taken today

The Hydroid™ is handling all the feeding of the peppers. We’re using Current Culture’s new line of nutrients, and right now the Hydroid™ is filled with: Veg A/B, UC Roots, and pH Down from XNutrients (XNutrients).

After we filled the tanks with nutrients we hit the “Start” button and walked away. Our feeding targets were as follows:

Nutrient Concentration: 700µS (350ppm NaCl or 490ppm 442)

pH level: 6.2

Here’s a log of what happened:

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Caveat — The EC is high starting out because we had to use tap water for this go-around. We’ll get a good RO system in here shortly.

A couple interesting things of which to take notice. First, the Hydroid™ hit its targets dead-on. Second, the resolution of the log is so good, and the dosing so predictable that you can actually identify the discrete nutrient injection events in the EC plot, and you can see a very pronounced stair-step pattern in the pH plot too. Everything is adjusted very slowly and predictably. It’s neat that we’re able to take something so dynamic and reduce it to something very stable.

We’ll keep posting updates as the peppers continue to grow, and we’ll impatiently wait for the harvest. Thanks for checking us out!

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