Time Lapse Chilli seeds germinating





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Published on Feb 8, 2015

Time-lapse filmed over 4 days in HD, we watch the Carolina Reaper chili seeds germinate.
See the radicle (primary root) come out of the seed coat, then watch the cotyledon come out and grow (first part of the plant you see above soil).
The seeds used are Carolina Reaper seeds, currently the Guinness World Record holder for the hottest chilli in the world (correct at time of filming and publish date).
The Carolina Reaper was created by Ed Currie of PuckerButt Pepper Company

This footage is shot using time lapse method.
Settings used:
1 exposure every 2 minutes, recording format AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) on a Panasonic W850 HD Video Camera.

To create this short clip it took 3 weeks of research, attempts, frustration and work.

The footage was all shot inside a propagator set at 28ºC, the camera was plugged into the mains to maintain 24 hour power.

We firstly put the seeds onto kitchen roll, but soon realised due to root colour this was not the best way to show you the growth. So we used a black piece of cloth.

With the first few attempts we noticed that the cloth would dry out very quickly, to overcome this we made a water reservoir with a wick (made of kitchen roll) and fed this under the cloth.

The camera and seed tray are all resting on a piece of wood, the reason for this is that in the first few attempts we noticed in the footage that the seed tray was 'pulsating' caused by the propagator heating up and cooling down. Wood maintains an almost constant temperature thus removing the 'pulsing effect'.

Propagator used:
Vitopod Heated Propagator with Thermostat from
Greenhouse Sensation

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