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Old January 13, 2017   #24
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Ron, that's some good looking fluffy dirt. 2::1 perlite is way overkill. You could easily go to 4::1. The classic 5:1:1 recipe is 6::1. Perlite is chemically inert. The primary purpose of perlite is that it holds air to help supply the roots with oxygen. So long as you have well-draining soil that isn't overly wet, you could even get by without perlite.

I have high winds here too and when I put my young peppers out I will sometimes even get torn leaves. But no serious stem damage so far. So long as the stems haven't hardened, your young plants could benefit from being out in the wind, as they will grow stronger stems.

Those drums are terrific! How many do you think you can fit in the GH?

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