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Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:46:23 AM »
Trying my hand at hydroponic fall tomatoes.  No soil, just cypress mulch and a solution you pour over every day. This is old school hydroponics, like my dad and grandfather did decades ago.



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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2014, 02:58:31 PM »
My neighbor uses food safe 5gl buckets and perlite.  Did your dad and grandfather use Cyprus mulch too?
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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2014, 03:49:19 PM »
Can you get good production with a root mass that small?
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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2014, 04:19:27 PM »
My neighbor gets excellent yield.  I'm going to try a few buckets myself next year.
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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2014, 07:22:35 PM »
Can you get good production with a root mass that small?

Apparently yes.  I remember my dad having to stake the heck out of the plants because they were so heavy with fruits.  Same sized bean hampers.  They are bushel sized.  You can use other sized containers... You just need the planting material to be able to breath and drain and absorb/retain some of the moisture/nutrients.

Here is an article referring to the original method.  They no longer make Nutri-sol, but here is an equivalent N-P-K hydroponic fertilizer available on Amazon.

http://www.pssurvival.com/ps/hydroponics/Wood_Shavings_use_in_Hydroponics_2004.pdf
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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2014, 07:30:26 PM »
Original link PDF was generated from

http://www.hydroponicsonline.com/woodshavings1.html


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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2014, 08:50:58 PM »
My neighbor uses food safe 5gl buckets and perlite.  Did your dad and grandfather use Cyprus mulch too?

Yes.. but you can use pearlite (or better yet 50/50 mixture of pearlite/vermiculite).   Coconut fiber, expanded clay pellets.  There are hundreds of types of medium to grow in.


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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2014, 11:36:19 AM »
A week in and these things are taking off.  Lots of new growth.  Measured 50% increase in height...

I've staked the baskets as well with 8 foot stakes and nails every foot or so.  Strips of soft cloth (like old bed sheets) will be used to tie up the plants so they grow up and not droop when the fruits come.


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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2014, 11:44:22 AM »
Wowsers...  Doubled in size!  I think the roots have really distributed themselves in the mulch and are lapping up the nutrient solution. I am noticing growth daily.

Today's first blossom appeared... 12 days after planting!


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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2014, 03:35:03 PM »
3 week  update. Plants are getting big.  I have about 40-50 flowers now and my first fruit!



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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2014, 01:23:41 PM »
I have about 10 fruits so far...


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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2014, 05:59:38 PM »
Karl,

Looking good!   ;D  I will have to try your method next year.

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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2014, 09:40:59 PM »
Plants are growing like mad.  This is one month after starting.  I have about 30 fruits with dozens of blossoms
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Re: Trying old school hydroponic san marzanos
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2014, 03:06:05 PM »
getting ripe and delicious