Three types of kale are being grown here: Dino (Lacinato, Nero Di Toscana), Dwarf Blue Curled, and Red Winter. Plants will be grown in a 3.5-gallon bucket.
Nov 8, 2015 = Day 0. Plants started from seed. All seeds from Botanical Interests. Moistened with dilute fertilizer: Dyna-Gro Liquid GROW 7-9-5, diluted 1 mL (1/5 tsp) per gallon of tap water. N-P-K (in ppm): 18-10-11. pH = 7.0.
Nov 12 = Day 4. Seeds germinated. Transferred to grow room, receiving 3 hours sunlight + 5 hours LED grow-light per day.
Nov 26 = Day 18. Plants installed in 3.5-gallon bucket. Hydroponic solution composed of 3.5 gal tap water, 7 g MasterBlend 4-18-38, 7 g calcium nitrate, 3.5 g magnesium sulfate, 0.7 mL Dyna-Gro Pro-TeKt, 2.8 mL pH Down. N-P-K (in ppm): 103-41-168. pH = 6.5.
Jan 3 = Day 56. Started to harvest lower leaves. Thinned to 2 plants per net-pot.
I have been harvesting the lower leaves of these plants, so they are starting to look sparse. Red Winter seems to be giving me the biggest leaves. The Dino kale leaves are quite small. Dwarf Blue Curled leaf size is in the middle.
Feb 10 = Day 94. Bucket was feeling light, so I added 0.5 gallons of fresh hydroponic fluid. Continuing to harvest leaves every week.
Feb 24 = Day 108. Added 0.5 gallons of fresh hydroponic fluid.
Mar 1 = Day 114. Added 0.5 gallons of fresh hydroponic fluid.
Mar 8 = Day 121. Added 0.5 gallons of fresh hydroponic fluid.
Mar 16 = Day 129. Added 1.0 gallons of fresh hydroponic fluid.
Apr 5 = Day 159. Harvested all remaining leaves. Total water used: 6 gallons for 6 plants (1 gal per plant).