Hey guys – I posted my day 1 video on
the 23rd of May. Now it’s about two months in now and these are the deep
water culture hydroponic tomato plants that I’ve grown. You can see they’ve gotten
really big. Right now they’re probably about 44 inches tall. I’m about to measure them in
a second. The outdoor tomato plants are about the same size; maybe a little bit smaller. So these have gotten very very big. Check out my earlier video if you want to see. Raise the the lights. And since I started, I had to add these wire cages for the tomato plants because they’ve gotten so big. Measurement wise, about 47 inches. The outside plants are 42 inches
at the tallest. And the only thing I’ll have to say right now is is that I
see a lot of flowers; I’ve been trying to artificially pollinate them with a spin
brush. I don’t know; they just keep getting bigger. I think that maybe this
experiment might be a failure and that they’ll get very very big and over take this four by four feet by 6 foot tent and I won’t get any
tomatoes. So the whole idea was that I’m going to see how these tomatoes
compared to the outdoor tomatoes. So I’ve been trying to pollinate over here. If
anybody’s got any tips let me know. So what I’m gonna do is I’m going to change
the water and I’m gonna keep this experiment going and see how it goes; but if anybody’s got any tips on what I might be able to do to try to get these things done. I don’t want to kill them and at the same time I don’t know if I’m going to have enough tent to grow them. So this is the maxi bloom by general
hydroponics. I’m gonna put one scoop in. Now one bucket of water is still
lasting me about two weeks anyway. So I only have to change this every two weeks.
Every week I look at it; I don’t usually touch it in between. So it’s not a whole
lot of work. I put one of the big scoops and in this one I’ll check the pH
because the general hydroponics actually has a pH buffer and it will lower the pH.
So I put the nutrients in and I measured the pH as well as the nutrient
level. And with the using the big scoop of the general hydroponics it turned out to
be about 650 PPM in both of these as well as from a pH perspective it’s about
a 4 which seems kind of low. I believe tomatoes might need higher but the
tomatoes are doing fine so right I’m going to leave it as is. So now this is a of the
challenging part; you’ve got kind of a small tent and you’ve got to be able to
switch this plant into one of these new buckets. I have reduced the light cycle
down to twelve hours; I had at 18 originally and these things just keep
getting bigger and bigger. So what I’m gonna do is I’m going to slide these
over to the left as much as possible. I’m gonna put the new buckets in. So, I’ll do the back one first. Now the cage
will hit the light, so I just want to be careful. I’m going to do this. And we’re gonna bring the the stones, the air stones in. And we’re pretty much done
with that one. You see how much water is left. This is after one week.
I’m changing it after one week because I wanted to film this video. But like I
said, normally I would do this every two weeks. O.K., I’ve changed the water and now I’m gonna just close this up for another two
weeks with the exception of going and using the spin brush to try to pollinate
the flowers a little bit. The only thing I will say, and that I’ve noticed, is
that some of these branches; you can see they look like roots growing out of them.
I’m gonna research that and I’ll post it on the video what that happens to be.
It seems kind of cool if I were going to use this to clone and bring it outside.
And if I had a longer season at this point, I probably would. So I will keep
you posted. Leave comments if you want me to continue with this and give you
updates. And if you’ve got any tips, please also leave those in the comments; other than maybe evil tips. O.K., thank you.