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I have not given up on my Jalapeno plant. Last week I purchased an LED grow light and plant food that should help survival. If all else fails I am prepared to take cuttings.
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I know this is not the time of year to try and keep a jalapeno plant alive, I should have uprooted and placed on my compost heap at least a month or two back.
Instead I saw this as a learning situation. This would be a good time to see what effect an LED grow light might have on this plant. Maybe it can live long enough to take cuttings and try growing them.
It is not that this plant is that special to me, I can’t even eat jalapenos, they are way too hot for me.
The thought occurred to me that I have not done cuttings from plants since botany class back in the mid 70’s. Might be fun to see what happens.
When I bought the LED light I also bought a four foot grow light stand, 7-4-10 liquid plant food for hydroponics, Agromax seed and cutting starter tray with humidity dome and heat mat.
Yes, I did major in biology and chemistry in college but this is not a “Breaking Bad” episode going on here, just a proof of concept.
Seed & Cutting Kit
The jalapeno is in a medium clay pot with potting soil and vermiculite as the substrate.
Clay Pot With Jalapeno
Within five days I have two blooms and two little jalapenos forming. I know the plant will not make it because I keep my house too cool. But that is where the starter kit with dome and heat mat comes into play.
LED Light With Pigtail On Left
After I take the cuttings I will put the emphasis on maintaining the kit. Maybe I’ll have a leg up on spring planting.
Jalapeno Under LED Light
More to follow on this saga….
What I have learned about the products so far.
The four-foot stand was not hard to put together but the legs come out of the attachment at a slight angle. Not sure yet if that is pilot error or something amiss with the product.
Also, purchased hanging supports for the LED but they are not needed for this fixture, due to its extremely light weight. A normal Florissant fixture would have required these attachments.
The rings that the LED attaches to are like a key chain that you can thread the snap on brackets onto the support.
Support Ring Attached To LED Snap Clip
The fixture came with the wrong type of plugin to attach to. I called the hydroponics store and they said they were more than happy to send the right one to me.
Been a week and no replacement cord for the LED. I adapted the LED plug in pigtail that came with the lamp. Works but that is not what I paid for.
Second week now under the LED and getting new shoots. That is what I was hoping for. These are what I will try cuttings on along with the other established branches.
Jalapeno Under LED Light
I think I will look for Christmas jalapeno lights.
Jalapeno Christmas Lights
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How To Take Cuttings – 4 Minute Guide to Clones and Cloning
2) Space your cuttings so they do not touch.
3) Keep moist and warm under a humidity dome.
4) Once you see roots coming out of the pod, the plant is ready to place in a hydroponic grower.
5) Try not to shock plant with temperature or too much light.
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