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    Default Heated Propagators, we falling for it ?

    Ok , so i know this is going to be controversial but are we seriously being sold down the river with these things ?

    This is my second season using mine and im pretty sure it will be the last. Too dry soil, too leggy plants ( this can happen in a heartbeat) and i honestly am failing to see the benefit .

    I know people swear by them but most of everything ive started this season in a heated prop has been just a few days later in a normal windowsill prop and look a lot less healthy.

    Ok , the odd exception but on the whole, i think were being duped, windowsills and cold greenhouses for me next year.

    Am i on my own in thinking this ?

    Usefull for super hot chillis i suppose but even that im dubious about.
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    They are useful for germination and for helping cuttings root, but after that it's the old problem: heat on its own is no use without light. I haven't got a light box, I have to rely on natural light, which mostly means things have to be whipped off the propagator and grown on in cooler conditions as soon as they have germinated / rooted. So except for slow-to-germinate things like chillis, there's no point in me starting anything off until March when the light's getting stronger and the nights aren't always so cold so I can keep things alive and growing slowly that way.
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    I wouldn't want to be without mine - but even so not everything needs heat to germinate, so it gets used selectively.
    It doesn't mean I sow things any earlier, as you say you still need light to grow seedlings on, but it does mean I get reliable germination for the things that prefer warmth.

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    I got mine last year. First time I've had any kind of success with germinating, and things that would usually take weeks to come up take a few days. It's been miraculous for me.

    But then, I don't have a greenhouse or sunny windowsills.

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    Same as Thelma - I love it but don't use it for everything. Also, mine is in the back porch with glass on 3 sides & an opaque roof so gets a lot of the available light early in the year.

    Mainly used for things that need heat to germinate or have a long growing season so need a head start plus cuttings. Have found drying out more of a problem on one of the windowsills with a radiator under it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackarmy View Post
    Ok , so i know this is going to be controversial but are we seriously being sold down the river with these things ?

    This is my second season using mine and im pretty sure it will be the last. Too dry soil, too leggy plants ( this can happen in a heartbeat) and i honestly am failing to see the benefit .

    I know people swear by them but most of everything ive started this season in a heated prop has been just a few days later in a normal windowsill prop and look a lot less healthy.

    Ok , the odd exception but on the whole, i think were being duped, windowsills and cold greenhouses for me next year.

    Am i on my own in thinking this ?

    Usefull for super hot chillis i suppose but even that im dubious about.
    Probably.
    I wouldn't be without mine. Been using them for 30 years & my harvests would be a lot less and later without them.
    I have 4 at the moment and they are full up, in fact, I am thinking about getting 2 more.
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    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.
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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.

    Maybe i need to take them out a lot earlier than i have been.
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