propgation advice please

averil 2averil 2 Posts: 36

Hi folks, I have used an unheated propagator in the past and managed to raise a few plants here and there. I have just bought a heat mat and today I planted 5 desert rose seeds into some of those little jiffy pod thingymabobs, placed them in a plastic box with lid and put it on the heat mat

Now for the main question: If one germinates before the others, do i remove the lid and just hope the others catch up or do i remove the germinated one from the box and leave the other ones till they have also germinated. I really hope someone understands what im going on about because im starting to confuse myself.image. Any advice appreciated




  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Take seedlings out of the box as they germinate, or they'll grow too tall in the heat.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    You only really need the heat to germinate seeds or to give cuttings a start-so once the seed has germinated remove to a cooler spot to grow on-leaving the others in the propagator

    Is that what you wanted to know?-leaving them in the propagator will make them grow leggy

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Alina imageimageimage

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Can I butt in here, I have some seedlings in my propagotor that germinated quickly but have never grown or produced true leaves, should I take them out?

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    I would. Put them in the brightest place that you have now. Which seeds are they?


    Geoff - snap! image

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Thanks Alina I will move them. Chilean glory vine.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    They actually prefer it slightly cooler, I find, Kate - they may be too warm in your propagator.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Thanks for the tip, my first lot just shrivelled up after 6 weeks.

  • averil 2averil 2 Posts: 36

    Thanks for your advice Geoff and Alina, that clarifies things for me now. Much appreciatedimage

    Kate I hope our glory vine comes up okay image



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