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    I, like many others swear by mine, I currently have 4 at the minute but only one in use at present, again I don't use them for everything and am pretty selective as to what they get used for, but they do give my chilli's a flying start and next will be the tomatoes, but like Bren, any sign of green emerging then out they come and under lights or sunny windowsill before my investment in lights last year.

    They are also brilliant, as Martin mentioned earlier for bringing on cuttings, so I would definatley not be without mine!
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    I bought 2 double seed tray heated propagators, inherited a single seed tray one and got a propagator with 4 modules as a gift.

    Just sown alliums into the 4 modules and will be sowing my peppers, toms and aubergine in a week or so.

    After that it's the sweetcorn, beans and the squashes.

    I've got two little led light panels which can help a handful of seedlings once potted on until they go down to the plot and into the greenhouse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bren In Pots View Post
    I use mine but like Thelma says not for everything, when I do use it the minute I see a bit of green in the above the compost seedlings comes out of the H/prop and onto a window sill.
    Same here, they come out and on the windowsill as soon as they germinate. I had mine off freecycle
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackarmy View Post
    Am i on my own in thinking this ?
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    I'm another one that doesn't use it for everything. It gets used on chillies, tomatoes, aubergines. And occasionally if something is struggling. Things don't stay in the heated propagator. Seedlings are generally potted on before the seed leaves are fully open. About 24 hours between germination and potting on.

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    After 2 years of using propagator, mine dint work for some reasons. Sometimes i missed it .. but i have better results this year without propagator. I am finished with my indoor showings a week ago.and most of the seedlings are in greenhouse. Most of them into individual pots and their own coaches. Hands off until it goes cold again

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    Even a basic heated propagator makes a massive difference to both germination speed and numbers.

    I got mine originally for chillies, but they also get used for tomatoes, courgettes, pretty much everything I grow.

    I have two, and one of them is like this, which is currently just £12 at Wilko.
    Wilko Propagator Electric 38cm at wilko.com

    I'd love to be one of these lucky people with Vitopods or other similar setups with adjustable temperatures and built in lights.

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    I'm using mine for the first time this year, courtesy of my subscription to the magazine, and am impressed after one week. On the one hand the basil has loved it and even the chillies are starting to come up, but on the other hand no sign of life on the parsley and coriander...

    Reading your comments it seems like I should now get the basil off the heated propagator, and on "normal" conditions on the windowsill. Well it will have to wait another week. I may have fully grown basil by then!

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    i got my 1st last crimbo its a super 7 and yes it can get abit annoying with it drying out but i found that shutting the vents helps keep the moisture in and a daily check and top up solved the drying up prob altogether overall im v happy with mine, i also have a couple of growlights so i dont have a prob leggy plants ,as chris said those vitopods look fantastic and im really thinking about saving up and getting one for next year ,cheers
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