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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,085

    Mmmm - that's a good idea ... I can probably get them from Notcutts when I need them image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,085

    Do you leave yours switched on 24 hours a day?  I see that some reviewers only switch theirs on at night when their central heating is off .

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  • MarygoldMarygold Posts: 331

    I have mine switched on 24 hours. Our conservatory has a radiator but is usually left on the "frost" setting. I do sometimes switch it off later in spring to save energy as the conservatory can get quite hot on sunny days. Problem is, I then have to remember to do myself a reminder to switch it back on!image

    I also have some extra trays so I can rotate them like Yviesteve.

  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,893

    Leave them on as I don't heat the conservatory all the time even though it does have radiators.

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  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    I leave mine switched on.

  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,285

    I have a little Stewart propagator, just fits on the windowsill. I quite like it, temperature pre-set at 18C and it only use 8 watt of power. I use my other bigger  stewart when I running out of space.

    super 7 garland looks good as well. 

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,293

    I have a second set of trays for my super 7 too - like Yvie, once seeds have germinated I move them (onto a self watering tray ....life gets too busy on weekdays to be checking them all the timeimage) and then start a second set off.  The produce of 14 mini trays is about as much as my GH can cope with in April/Mayimage

  • Aster2Aster2 Posts: 629

    Now that I've read your comments I'm thinking of buying the Super 7 propagator. Would the seeds germinate on a north-facing windowsill? I would take the trays out of the propagator and move them on a south-facing windowsill once the seeds have sprouted, and then pot on and put into one of these plastic minigreenhouses. Is that a good plan?

    Can you put pots into the propagator trays? I'm thinking of making my own pots from newspaper, so as not to have to repot the seedlings too soon.

  • MarygoldMarygold Posts: 331

    I would think that being north facing makes no difference as long, as it doesn't get too cold, before seeds have germinated. If placed on a south facing once they have, just be careful they don't get scorched.

    You can put whatever you like in the propagator. I quite often use pots to start cucumbers and courgettes etc. With the paper pots you'll have to check they don't dry out too quickly. It's a minefield this seed propagating business!!!

  • Aster2Aster2 Posts: 629

    Thanks, Marygold, that's very useful. It's my first season growing from seed (or first season growing anything but tomatoes in a growbag, really), so I'm very excited and slightly nervous.

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