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    Default Heated propagators - how do you use them

    Sorry if this is in the wrong place but I am unsure where to put it.

    I am always wary of electrics, water, and big bangs. I have 2 sankey electric propagators and I am not sure of how to correctly use them. As they give out heat I would like to know if you can just plonk modules into them, or if you should put soil or sand into the bases first. I am concerned that the heat would not be dissipated evenly by just plonking modules directly into them thus causing them to overheat and melt or such.

    Can anyone advise on this.

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    I've used them for years, with no problems. Don't worry

    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandco View Post
    I am always wary of electrics, water, and big bangs.
    You want to see me filling the iron, whilst plugged in and switched on I wouldn't recommend you try this at home children!!

    No such probs with my electric props though
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    I always put a layer of about an inch or so of moist compost in my electric propagators. It helps spread the heat and keeps the humidity up. Just remember to take the lid off daily and give it a shake to remove the extra moisture.

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    I use a damp piece of capillary matting in the base of my propagator, it evens out the heat and makes watering easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bren In Pots View Post
    I use a damp piece of capillary matting in the base of my propagator, it evens out the heat and makes watering easy.
    Me as well

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    Thank you all for the replies, I think I will play safe and put a half inch of soil or such in the bottom. I did think about putting water in it to keep them watered but considered it as bad as boiling my plants !!.

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    I just put compost in, watered it, and sowed directly into the compost. Pricked out two weeks later, and sowed the next batch. Couldn't be bothered with modules or trays

    It's working so far!
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