Decided to sift through the pot as I presumed i'd left it long enough for the plants to go dormant and for any daughter tubers to of finished forming.The plants were plagued by slugs the whole time they were growing and to my surprise new plants kept popping up as the older ones were munched ,i didn't hold on to much hope as thought the plants couldn't have much energy with growing and being munched straight away. I passed the soil through a colander so i could find the tubers ,six in total which ain't bad as only two were originally planted , look healthy enough i reckon and one is pretty large now ,all replanted,topped with sand and bunker raked ,fingers crossed for next season .the slug is still at large
All six tubers have broke the surface ,a good start to the season for this species I reckon, next mission is to make sure them pesky slugs don't make a meal of em again. All wired up to nine volts of pure pain hopefully i can keep them all unmunched and they should make a nice display ,the most advanced of the bunch
security breach i'll be there after dark with a torch to catch the little sod , bet its hiding out down the side of the pot . Must of Tom Cruised it mission impossible style over my electric fence on a happier note this one is starting to show some colour, still all very small plants so i'm hoping if i can keep them going next year they'll be back bigger and better , small amounts of an insect based fish food has been fed to em
looking very dewy at the moment, I did manage to make a couple of slug evictions in the hours of darkness, the lights are now only on for an 8 hour period so 8 on 16 off cycle, I was reading an experienced growers advice and they start with 10 on down to 8 and up again ,I was thinking this sounded good logic
..., the lights are now only on for an 8 hour period so 8 on 16 off cycle, I was reading an experienced growers advice and they start with 10 on down to 8 and up again ,I was thinking this sounded good logic
I think it depends on how much ambient light you have.
When I have plants in the cellar ( zero ambient light) I set half lights on for the required total period and on to full lights in a central time period.
I'd check on the shortest daylight period in winter in the plant's native locality.
I think that's what the more experienced grower was saying , the plants start growing when daylight hours are about 10 hrs and mid growing season down to 8hrs daylight and back up to 10hrs as plants start to go dormant, and his information I presume was from natural daylight hours where the plants grow. So you give less light for morning and evening and full bore midday sun ,that makes sense but can't really do that with my light set-up, as for ambient light I don't think it's too much of a problem as curtains are shut and only a very weak light is in the room for a short time before lights on in the morning