Cucumber Grown Using LED Lighting

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This next project is to grow a cucumber using the 'UFO' type 90 watt LED light...

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90 Watt LED 'UFO' Type Light   Light On!   Dig the pink glow!

The cucumber seed is an all female Zeina F1 Hybrid.  I've modified a disused kitchen cabinet and have installed the LED light, air pump, temperature/humidity gauge, digital timer and an oscillating fan in the enclosure. Temperature is around 28°C (82.4° F), I would have ideally liked this to be lower but that would involve cutting out a hole for an extraction fan - I'll live with this for now.

The AeroGarden Classic is just the container, I have stripped it out of the water pump and central housing. In it's place is an airstone powered by the air pump, the pod is an AG6 longer type which reaches down into the water, the seed has been planted in stabilised rockwool.

Nutrients are FloraMicro and FloraMato, I will be using the same dosages as the Cuke III grow.

The lighting cyle will be 18 hours on and 6 hours off.

     

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Week 0 - Starting Week 20th October 2009   Week 0 - With Light On   4 Days Growth   Week 1   Week 2   Week 3   Week 4   Week 5

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Going for LED with this one,

Going for LED with this one, I'd still like to see what it can do as this one was cut short!

If it goes well, then I may buy another LED and grow two separate plants in their own containers. Once I get it built I'll have to test run it first to see how the temperatures go, if they are too high then I'll have to vent the heat out with a proper fan this time.

Lots to think about and a fair bit of building to do - could be after Xmas before I can do another grow, it's too late to start now as the hydro. unit will be unattended to during this break.

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Nice, Peat. Will the new area

Nice, Peat. Will the new area have LED or fluorescent lighting?

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Yes, totally cukeless - have

Yes, totally cukeless - have to buy them now, not as good!

Beth - The cukes I have say they are for indoor and outdoor use, perhaps my variety don't like hydro? Not sure, I'm still sorta blaming the AG for being too small at the moment, until I try them in the aero unit I can't confirm this completely.

 

As an aside, I'm building a larger grow area in a storage room - there will be good space to grow a cuke, toms or peppers. It will be all self contained and sit halfway up the room, a box grow area on stilts if you like. I don't want it full room height because it's a storage room after all - I need the space!

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<Nods> That's why I ordered

<Nods> That's why I ordered the cucino seeds, like yours, Beth. I'd like to see how well those do compared to my tendergreen cuke. The parthenogenic aspect should certainly help...

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Phooey Peat!  I've done stuff

Phooey Peat!  I've done stuff like that in the past.  Hey, the cucumber you are growing - is it a "greenhouse" cuc?  I'm starting to wonder if the variety of cuc makes a big difference in hydro growing.

 

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Oh, no! Sorry to hear that,

Oh, no! Sorry to hear that, Peat! But - you'll try again with a bigger reservoir next time, so...

Now you're cukeless?

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A frustrating end to a very

A frustrating end to a very promising grow to be sure.  But with your skills, I'm sure you'll soon have another very successful grow to it's natural end.

Enjoy the process.   

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Sad Cuke Update... I'm afraid

Sad Cuke Update...

I'm afraid LED cuke is no longer with us due to my clumsiness... I was changing the water and had the bowl out of the grow area on my worktop, the air line was still attached as usual, well, I managed to snag the airline which pulled the whole unit down onto the floor. The cuke was very badly damaged, I've tried to grow it 'as is' but the main stem has snapped and the plant is no more.

Annoyed springs to mind as I wanted to see the result from the LED, it did look a promising grow and I had high hopes for it under this light.

Oh well, I guess I'll have to reset and start again!!!!

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I know what you mean, it's

I know what you mean, it's tempting to replace the container but I don't have one that would be easy to fix unfortunately - I feel this cuke grow will ultimately go the same as the others once it starts fruiting, due in most part to the AG constriction...

Oh well, it will prove that LED light can grow plants which is what I wanted to try. 

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This looks wonderful,

This looks wonderful, Peat.

Is it already too late to give this guy a bigger reservoir? Given the shape of that bowl, even some plastic storage container of the same dimensions could potentially have 2-3x the liquid volume. Would probably have to keep the AG deck- wouldn't be good for the roots to draw them thru the deck hole. Just a thought.

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