I hope winter weather ends really soon
That’s because my plants are really growing quickly, especially the peppers. I wasn’t expecting that.
I didn’t conduct this as a scientific experiment with a control set of plants along with my experimental system. All I can say is that germinating them in damp paper towels until the tap root forms, and then planting them in small plastic cups that are lined inside with 1/2 of a sturdy paper towel and with openings cut into the cups to prevent them from becoming root bound, is paying off. I’m not sure the slits cut into the cups is necessary, since commercial grow bags (which prevents root binding) don’t have this feature.
To feed them, in a 32 oz bottle I add a heaping 1/8 tsp miracle grow, about 1/16 tsp epsom salt, and about 5-10 drops of diluted 2:1 dissolved calcium from egg shells dissolved in plain vinegar. I use plain water one day, and the fertilized water the next.
These plants are at the point where I could put them outside into 5 gallon buckets right now. I suppose I could clone with cuttings if they get too tall.