Anyone grow endive in an ag??

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Anyone grow endive in an ag??

Hi All,

 

  I'm on the verge of getting myself a third ag.  I've got cucs started in the deluxe, new big dwarf tomatoes in the elite +, and I'd like to experiment with lettuce and endive in a third.  The goal is to have lettuce/endive in July when my outside tomatoes start producing.  It is too hot and humid here in summer for lettuce.  Has anyone tried endive in an ag??

 

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Beth

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Ooh. Well if your lights are
Ooh. Well if your lights are successful with peppers & tomatoes & eggplant (toughies!), sounds like you may just be using too rich nutes for the lettuce. Or too warm... lettuce gets very straggly when it's too warm. How warm is too warm varies by type, but anything over 72 degrees is suspect. They really don't share the same tastes as the nightshades (tomato, etc.)

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Hi All,   Well, I just don't

Hi All,

  Well, I just don't know why my lettuce in soiless mix grows leggy.  I am successful with everything else - peppers, tomatoes eggplant..  I grow under regular fluorescent lights, 2" above the seedlings.  I was thinking it was either temp or variety related.  Th ag lights are farther away, but do put out more light.  No big deal.  Lettuce is easy in the outdoor garden, and the ag is a hassle-free way to grow greens!

 

Beth

 

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, if you're using

Yeah, if you're using fluorescents keep them as close as possible. My chile leaves don't burn until they almost touch the T5s that run much hotter than regular fluorescents.

Our lettuce AG is doing great indoors where the temps vary from 72* to 65* or so at night and I'm continually raising and lowering the lights as its hacked. harvested.

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Huh, what kind of lights? My

Huh, what kind of lights? My lettuce was already established as a hydroponic going concern before I moved it to my new seedling lights in the garage, but it seems to be faring well. Not growing terribly fast, since it's cold out there. But certainly growing, and not at all leggy.

Maybe the AG-started young lettuces will do OK transplanted under the lights? Really close to the lights?

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Hi All,   Yes, I know I've

Hi All,

 

Yes, I know I've doomed my lettuce plantlets.  But I couldn't stand those empty spaces when I could experiment with lettuce! They have one week to live before I add the big tablets.  I'm liking the growing habit of the tom thumb, though.  I plan on taking pix tomorrow.  I have not had luck growing lettuce in the basement under lights.   My lettuce generally gets long and leggy and flops over.  I know lettuce needs light and cool temps - it just doesn't like my basement. A bit of a running joke with my SO.  We go to the garden center and see these lettuce transplants that are almost edible - "why can't you grow lettuce like this?"  So, I consider the ag experiment a success!  And with ag #3 on the way - lettuce for everyone.  Well, not quite, but you get the idea...

Beth

 

 

 

 

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I grew the Tom Thumb lettuce

I grew the Tom Thumb lettuce last year - but not in the AG, I still have the seeds and had thoughts about trying them in hydo.

I'll echo what gisette said here, whilst your lettuce/tomatoes will grow well in the initial stages (nutes are lower), the lettuce will not like it when you start to ramp up the feed to the tomatoes. Also, at some point, you will need to switch to the bloom phase using the Flora nutes - the lettuce will absolutely hate this! 

 

 

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Sure, why not? You've come to

Sure, why not? You've come to the Land of the Aerogarden Experimenters.

I'm eager to see pix of your greens! I've tried lots - swiss chard, many different lettuces, spinach (resounding failure), mustard greens, komatsuna, toy pak choi, ... I'd love to see your mini butter lettuce!

Word of warning, though - lettuce seems to suffer from overfertilization at really low doses. I've started greens in a tomato/eggplant garden, but only when the fruiting plants were at the starting-nute stage. By week 2, the stronger nightshade-family nutrient levels grow fatal to the greens.

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Hi Gisette,     Well, the

Hi Gisette,

 

  Well, the plan is to experiment!  I'd realy like to have some crunchy greens to go with my tomatoes.  I believe that the lettuce kits all have cut and come again lettuce.  I equate that with "soft" greens. Does that make sense?  I'm trying tom thumb lettuce right now with my toms to see how they do.  In my outdoor experience, they grow miniature heads of butter lettuce.  They are problematic in the outdoor garden because of their closed growth habit - aphids and slugs love them!  I'd like to grow them inside in summer.  So, shall I try endive?

 

Thanks,

Beth

 

 

 

 

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I've never heard of anyone

I've never heard of anyone growing endive. The Aerogrow mesclun kit claims to have endive in it... If so, none of the mesclun pods I've ever grown sprouted the endive. Or I mistook it for something else...

July's an eternity from now lettuce-wise - you'll be on your third garden worth by then.

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