Seed started – Tomatos, Eggplants & Chillies

As the first set of plants are doing good i am forced to start some more plants, last time the Bio carve chillies didn’t germinate at all. I’ve got some seeds from Annandana soil & seed savers. Different kind of chillies are there so i am hopeful this time..

I’ve seeds started below plants–

1) Tomatoes – Caro Rich, Striped Abundant(cherry), Golden delight(Cherry), Arka Vikas, Mehgali, Poland Pink & Broad Ripple..

2) Eggplants – Dark Long Red, Gullu Badane, Heddurgulla Hosanagar, Imperial Black Beauty, Violet Florence

3)Chillies – Great black, Orissa kala, Bangalore Long red

(Meghali, Broad Ripple ,Heddurgulla Hosanagar & Violet Florence are still in the germination box. Normally i keep the seeds for germination first before putting in the tray. You can take a air tight box, put your seeds in some paper towels, wet them and store in air tight box placed in some warm dark place for 2-3 days. )

Rest is here in the trays..

These seeds were put to germination on 2 – Nov 2012.. so far the growth is good.

As of 7th Nov 2012

As of 11 Nov 2012

As of 19 Nov 2012


20 thoughts on “Seed started – Tomatos, Eggplants & Chillies

  1. hi got here through geekgardener, just starting on hydro – plants look wonderful, as is your set up – any figure on the cost since you have used grow bags, also where are you located – eggplants are the hardest to grow so double congrats to you.
    as you have said inspiration from GG and srikanth, I am based out of hyd.
    hope to have a good dialoge with you guys on any question/concerns

  2. Hey Madhavi,
    Welcome to the world of hydroponics.. all the help is available on net, but you can always check with us..
    I feel eggplants are the most easiest except for the pest issues.
    i bought the growbags from GG 150 per bag and transport cost additional 50/- per bag.. so that’s a little expensive but not as much compared to buying a plastic pot and media separately.
    I am located in Baroda, Gujarat – not an easy place to get all the stuff you need for hydro.
    What kind of setup do you have?
    Let me know if you need any kind of help with hydroponics.


    • Hi manu thanks for the reply and encouragement, there is no set up yet – just started with sand and some methi, lettuce seeds, waiting for GG to send me cocopeat and nutirent powder (not brave enough to make it myself). so looking to see how I can get some tomato and chilli plants (already started) into a decent set up – no automation yet plan to water/nutrient until I see some good result (else husband will not be happy) – so keeping my finger crossed – for 3 years did not have much luck with organic, soil, fertilizer route so plan to see if hydro will help – I think it is all in the nutrients – how do you make your, I know srikanth (hyd) also make his own – maybe I should hook up with him.
      love to hear updates from your

      • yeah i make my nutrients… veg, bloom & fruiting.. though i’ve still not given the fruiting nutes yet.. i ran out of calcium nitrate.. so i m just using the bloom one as of now..
        i make concentrated solutions which run for 1 month or more … 5 liters A & B solutions..

  3. Hi Manu…I’m totally new to agriculture and Hydroponics and currently familiarizing myself with it. I’ve started with ladies finger and green chillies. The seeds have germinated and now a week old. Wanted to know from you how much nutrient solution do we need to feed at this stage. I’ve kept the saplings in a tray with cocopeat.
    – Pramod

    • If you want to make A & B solution you can use this..this is 80 times concentrated, you can make more diluted also..
      Values calculated for the preparation of 5 liters of A and 5 liters of B solution. Please use 12.5mL of A and B within every Liter of final solution

      salts grams
      A – Potassium Nitrate 86.928
      B – Magnesium Sulfate (Heptahydrate) 81.136
      B – Sodium Molybdate (Dihydrate) 0.03
      B – Zinc Sulfate (Dihydrate) 0.121
      B – Manganese Sulfate (Monohydrate) 0.984
      A – Iron EDTA 9.231
      B – Copper Sulfate (pentahydrate) 0.11
      B – Boric Acid 0.686
      A – Calcium Nitrate (Tetrahydrate) 235.71
      B – Potassium Monobasic Phosphate 70.305
      B – Potassium Sulfate 58.353

  4. Thanks Manu. I’m concerned about the feeding schedule. Do we need to feed the solution till the excess solution starts draining out the outlet or just enough to wet the roots? Also, the frequency of feeding – daily once or twice daily?

  5. i feed just enough to wet the roots, around 500-800 ML per day. It’s winter here in Baroda now so I need less watering, in summer I will have to water these plants at least 3 times..

  6. hi manu
    when and if you have time cn you write the procedure to make the A and B solution – like which one to add first and how to check the PH etc – would be helpul

    • hi Madhavi,

      first download hydro buddy nutrient calculator.. search Google you will get it.. Try some predefined recipes from it.

      1.Take two canisters of equal size.
      2. Pour equal amount of RO water
      3. Label them SOL A & SOL B
      4. Take another 1 liter bottle- for making concentrated micro nutrients.
      (Micro Nutes you need in micro quantity, no scale available in the market can measure such small weight, so you got to make concentrated solution. I make 100 time concentrated solution)
      5. Remove 500 ml water from SOL A, add calcium nitrate in that and dissolve it fully. once its fully dissolved add it to the SOL A can. add Potassium Nitrate & Edta Iron in the same way.
      6. Add salts for micro nutrients in the same way into the 1 liter bottle, but make the quantity x100 of whatever the nute recipe says. So you have 1000 ml of concentrated trace elements.
      7. From the trace elements 1 liter bottle add 10ml into SOL B.
      8. Add rest of the SOL B salts into the can in similar way we added calcium nitrate.

      Hydro buddy will tell you how much concentrated SOl A & SOL B nutes to add to 1 liter of final solution.

      May be i should write a separate post on hydrobuddy.. when i get time 😉

    • After the final solution is made you can check the PH, it should be 5.5 to 6. TDS should vary from 500 to 1200 PPM depending on recipe.

      • thanks manu
        It does sound complicated only to do it the first time, after that keeping things clean and checking PH and EC should be done regularly.
        I am trying to make a 3 ” PVC pipe standing upright and filled with sand to grow lettuce tower – got some 15 holes punched in a 4′ feet long pipe – placed the whole thing in a small bucket to collect extra liquid – got some lettuce growing so trying to plant lettuce in the holes (lettuce are still a week old now so waiting for one more week) hand watering for now – hope to see it work. Using 19-19-19 water soluble fertilizer for now – hope to get the nutrients from GG this week.

  7. What instrument are you using for measuring pH? Does it have additional feature to measure TDS too? And how much the device costs?

  8. To All,

    Is there any chance to visit your place to have a look of your hydroponics setup and knowing fertilizers used at different growth stage.

    Really desperate and it will so kind if any of you can allow me. available at


  9. Hello,

    I am Mayank. I am from rajkot. You have given a very good description of your experience. And the pictures really sells the story.
    I want to start platation if lettuce and broccoli on my terace. Please give some points I nees to take care.
    I am in baroda for few days. Would like to see your plantation, if that is okay with you.
    Do share your contact number.
    My cell: 9979760079

    Thank you.

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