Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cucumbers Picked April 29, 2012

                                       April 29, 2012 Picked these for John 1.0 Lbs. and 1.3 Lbs. Denali
                                         April 29, 2012 Picked these for  1.0 Lbs. and 1.3 Lbs. Denali High Yield cucumber. This plant is in Rockwool Cube.
I also installed large tank with 40 Gallons to start nutrients. I cleaned leafs starting to see issues.
We did have two 50 degree days early this week which I feel hurt plants some.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cucumbers European

Front view they are reaching the ceiling. I have been getting a lot of great tasting Cucumbers.
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                    April 24, 2012 Picked 1.1 Lbs and .7 ounces. off two vines close to each other.
One Tank Left water gets to hot.
Rockwool Cube Rear area they get crooked from hitting the floor.
     Next time I will have a better drain system. I might use some Aluminum Roofing panel then place bags on top to drain out.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Cucumbers Hydroponic the 4 Th Week 1.3 LBS +

                  They are starting to reach the ceiling and now I allowed them to spread out Horizontally.
                 After the third week I added a shade cloth which reduced temperature 20-25 degrees.
Excellent Tasting Nutty Fruity Crisp with skins on no seeds.
1.3 LBS Picked on 4th week after transplant. 10:00 am Harvest April 19, 2012.
Now I have a good idea of weight and size to harvest. I don't want these to get any larger..

1.1 LBS- 0.9--1.0 April 19, 2012
More to pick and clean off some leaf nodes.
Washed and wrapped  Plastic wrap and in Refrigerator.
I removed these Cucumbers April 19th. Leaf nodes were removed for better air flow.
These were 7 ounce Cucumbers. Flower house is getting crowded with Leaf nodes and Cucumbers.
I'm removing small cucumbers that are crooked to allow others to be straight.
 I need a larger area and to have removed Horizontal leaf nodes in the 3rd week.
I'm impressed with the quick growth  of these cucumbers.
The next set will be a different set up in the Flower House.
The other Flower House will Have Peppers and one will have Tomato's.
These cucumbers I allowed to stay on vine longer and they are huge. I will be cutting in the 4th week of transplant. I did increase feeding of these plants after the  third week.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

European Seedless Cucumbers Third week of Transplants.

First Week Baby Cucumbers with flower in front.
Each Leaf gets a Cucumber some have Two.
First leafs I cut off to increase strength of stems.
All tenacles are removed each morning so they won't choke the Cucumbers.
I lost a few plants do to excessive heat in Florida.
When I build my main Greenhouse I will install a cooler to chill water.
Sinker was used to hold small starter plants down to media net basket. When I had enough stem of the plant I wrapped  tie lines in one direction. I do use plastic tie clamps on some of the stems.

I did these plants in a Rockwool Slab, Tanks, and Perlite filled media bags. All plants were started in Rockwool plugs. Ph range is Roughly 6.3-6.6 range. NPK range is slightly less then 1560 PPM's EC 700. I try to adjust to 1400 range for the excessive heat. If I push to 1560 PPM's I overdose the plants in this heat. I really need a chiller for these plants.

I mist the plants with water during the day.
Fan runs on timer to cool plants and air flow.

A quick screen was added to each Flower House door. Bug tape is hung to catch any fly's and nasty moth's.
This has kept all my Butterfly's out of the flower house area.
Rubbermaid Tanks are filled to 10 Gallons each and are stored in shade behind the Flower House.
Mix is checked with a Blue Lab Trucheon Nutrient Tester. This tester has been great.  I clean after every use with just a water rinse. It is also great  to use as a mixing stick.

Mixing formula is a by grams Nitrogen, Calcium, and Magnesium Sulphate. It took me sometime to get the right adjustment. I used my small Silver and Gold scale to measure the amounts. I do a number of pre-filled bags at a time. Then I do three to four Rubbermaid tanks to keep the main tank filled.

I used two Rubbermaid tanks at first Now I'm down to only one plant. The water got to hot and PPM's kicked up at night. A great awakening when I increased the PPM's. To much Nitrogen and Calcium kicked me up over night. One plant is on life support the other turned into toast.
This Nutrient formula is a new one for me to use. It takes some time to get use to a new Hydro Mix.
I do like it and will be ordering other mixes  for my Winter tomato and Herb plants.
Rockwool slab there is two plants in one bag. Plastic bags are one plant per 5 gallon bags.They are feed by drip system. I now have increased feeding as the plants develop more cucumbers. Plants are taking roughly 10 days per cucumber harvesting.

                                                    Baby Cucumbers with Flowers in front.

                 Baby Cucumbers there is three different European Seedless Cucumbers being grown.
                                 Third Week Cucumbers will be harvested then leaf node removed.
                                               Shade cloth was added and a Mist tank timer.
Cool front came in last night and more cool weather expected over weekend.  My Toasted plant came alive this morning with a baby Cucumber.
                                                      Picked and tested April 13. 2012.
Wife say's nothing can compare this great tasting Cucumber. Nutty Fruity Flavor!  I'm addicted to these Great Girl's. No pealing of the skin excellent quality.Weight was 8 ounces more time on vine will add weight and extra feeding and temps.

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