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investing in a heated propagator.

Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,473

I'm planning on sowing some hedychium / canna and chilli seeds etc and they all need a good bit of heat. Any suggestions on heated propagators?

Devon.
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,473

    would a ready made plastic job be ok, or is it better to bite the bullet and built a heated bed with soil cable and sand etc?

     

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,473

    Philippa, the beds  in my polytunnel are in 6 pairs,  12' x3' and 6' x 3'. I was thinking of turning one of the smaller beds into a heated bed. Any suggestions on cables / thermostats , suppliers etc would be much appreciated.

    Devon.
  • WillsWills Posts: 262

    i have 2 stewarts 52 cm thermostat propogaters and they are great set them to the temp you want although every morning you have to clean the lid as moisture builds up and mist the soil and you should have no problems . 

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    I have a newly purchased Vitopod heated propagator. Much better than any I had in the past in terms of size and usefulness. I purchased it as as stop gap as I have no lean-to yet. Heated beds sound much more interesting though.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKvdozlJSUU

     

     

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,473

    thanks Philippa. The beds are about 12" / 30cm high in an all polythene polytunnel 48feet x 21 feet. It gets pretty hot in there even on a sunny winter day. ( I've only had it  a couple of months so no idea how hot it'll be in summer. I was thinking if I was going to do it, do it once and do it properly which is why I thought the investment of a "hot bed" might be worth it , rather than small units?

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,473

    I'm sure it's one of those things when you have it , you grow more stuff. Nature abhors a vacuum , and all that.

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,473

    I'm kinda thinking the hot bed might be the better long term solution.

    As Alan Titchmarsh once said " 2 things that can never be too big in the garden, the greenhouse and the compost bins" maybe he should have added " and a good hot bed" ?

    Devon.
  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    If you have a hot water cupboard then you already have a propagator for many seeds. A propagator is useful when seeds need light to germinate.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,473

    unfortunately , we don't have a hot water cupboard, and our boiler is  outside, so that's not good either.

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,473

     but thanks Blairs.

    Devon.
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