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I would like to purchase a heated propagater. But there's so many out there no sure which is best.
Please can anyone help. mainly for seeds. Thanks 


  • I bought this one a few weeks ago, and it is being used right now to germinate cactus seeds. Unfortunately it is out of stock with the company i bought it from.
    Sunny Dundee
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,165
    edited 28 February
    Some advice here which may help. A neighbour has just biought a Garland Super 7 one and is very happy with it. Ideal for growing several types of seeds .

    I have a Stewart model similar to this but a few years old now.

    A lot depends on the amount of space you have and whether you want a model with a variable temperature control. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,955
    I have 3 Stewart propagators which are well over 20 years old and still work.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • zakzakzakzak Posts: 121
    Thanks everyone. I don't have a greenhouse. So I wanted something I could do seeds in and possibly get them strong before I plant out . Mostly flowers. Peas and peppers.oh and chillies. Is a thermostat import??
  • zakzakzakzak Posts: 121
    Should be important.
  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,298
    Can heated propagators be used for growing on plug plants?
    I want to order some chilli plug plants but fear the greenhouse will be too cold for them if they arrive now. No room on window cills i'm afraid.
  • It depends on what temperatures you need. I wanted one with a variable temperature control, as some cactus seeds need a higher temperature to germinate.
    Sunny Dundee
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,614
    I have a couple without thermostatic control which get up to 25c and two with internal control set at 19c of course when they are sitting in the window with the sun on them the temperature gets higher sometimes I have to remove the lid to prevent the seedlings from cooking. The ones with thermostats don't really get high enough to start chilli seeds unless of course the sun heats them up to over 25c but once the seedling start growing the cooler 19c keeps them growing at a slow pace and prevents them from getting leggy. I would think that a propagator with a variable temperature range would be best but tend to be the most expensive.
  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,298
    edited 28 February
    I have a Vitapod with thermostatic control, so I might order some chilli plug plants and see how they get on. I have some chilli seeds arriving soon, so will sow them in the propagator as well.

  • I have the super 7 and it's ideal for my windowsills and it provides just enough heat and the trays are just the right size and amount for me as I don't need loads of plants for my small garden. Also limiting you to sowing just 7 varieties stops you from becoming over ambitious as you always end up sowing too much and forget that those seedlings need growing on. This is just my experience. You may have loads more space and don't have my requirements. Hope this helps nonetheless 
    Happy Gardening
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