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How to stop vitopod overheating?

My vitopod is reading 30C at the moment and it is in direct sunlight. Which is too hot for germinating seeds. I cant move it out of direct sunlight as most of the greenhouse is in the sun, but i could place it under the bench? Are there any other measures i can take?




  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,330

    Take the lid off (or half the lid if it's in 2 parts) during sunny days and put it back on before sundown. Always leave some vents open.
    Make sure the compost doesn't dry out while the lid is off, I use a hand-held sprayer.
    It's 17c in my unheated g/h at the mo.

    My vitopod top has 2 lids. I sometimes just slide the lids apart so there's a 6" gap between them to keep temps under comtrol

    Last edited: 18 February 2018 12:00:08

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  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,745

    Hi Pete...a Vitopod is at the top of my to buy list, I plan on using it in the greenhouse ( unheated ) and was wondering how it fares, as in does it hold the set temperature OK in colder environment? 

    Also, all the online reviews are very positive, so from someone with hands on experience would you recommend it over a similar Stewart or Sankey, providing you have had experience of the latter two?

  • I have experience of stewart and vitopod. Vitopod is slightly better because of the vents and a whole lot better because of the sheer size difference and customisation aspect. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,330

    My first propagator was a Humax - some 50 yrs ago..... It was excellent.

    I've had a Parasene Big Top for about 15 yrs and still use that to start seedlings in my little g/house. I bought the big Vitopod last year and have been very pleased with it. Once seeds have sprouted I move them to the Vitopod in my bigger g/house. Temperatures seems stable and I'm very pleased with it.

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • I too have a Vitopod  and find it is very stable in colder conditions. I agree with others if direct sun is an issue then ventilate or even a bit of temporary shade netting may be needed. With the generally lower light levels at this time of year shading would seem a bit of a shame though. 

    AB Still learning

  • ShepsSheps Posts: 1,745

    Thanks very much, Learnin, Pete and Iain...your thoughts on the Vitopod are appreciated image

    I think I'll be buying the small double Vitopod, though saying that, there is only a £20 difference between the small double and the large double, but I don't think I can justify giving up the 4ft of staging that the large will take up.

    Plus, the small ( which is quite big ) will hold 25 pots which should be more than enough for my needs, as this will be my first year growing my own plants.

  • My wife has just ordered me a vitopod for Christmas it's the 100w double had anyone got any advice on using in a greenhouse
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