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    Default Heat mat or heated propagator

    Looking for advice.

    Never used either but need to do something to improve my germination results. Which would you recommend?
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    12 years ago I bought a propagator set like this https://www.garlandproducts.com/supe...ropagator.html which I still use when I only need to germinate small quantities You often see them on offer
    Later I progressed to a bigger one with a tall lid that will take quite a few small pots or 2 full-size seed trays https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/sankey-p...52cm/p/0445589 https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/sankey-p...52cm/p/0445589
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    I normally make a propagation box 6ft. X2. 5ft but this year I am going to use a heat mat I the size is 48in.x16in but will be using a plastic cover with it to make a propagator I also have an electric propagator which will take 1 seed tray, I will not be starting my seeds off as early as I normally do
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    I have a single tray size propagator which I've had for years. Fixed temperature and it works well but just too small. I bought a Stewart two tray heated propagator last year. It works well also so I can now have three full sized trays with heat under. I also have a 4ft x 2 ft home made heated bench made using scrap wood, polythene sheeting to keep the wood dry, heating cables bedded in damp sand with thermostat attached, polythene over and finally covered in capillary matting. I have a 4ft x 2ft 8 tube T5 grow light over that one.
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    What are you trying to germinate? I have both and use both for chillis as I sow them so early. The mat is on a temp controller so only comes on when the soil temp is below 28c. Sounds a bit fancy but was actually less than a tenner to build (helps that one of my electric propagators was 1.50 from wilkos).

    For everything else I just use a garland heated one with 3 little propagators on it. Works well and wasn't too expensive.

    If I had a garage I'd build a heated bench
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSimon View Post
    What are you trying to germinate?
    Everything from toms to brassicas
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSimon View Post
    What are you trying to germinate?
    Everything from toms to brassicas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Logunner View Post
    Everything from toms to brassicas
    Brassicas really don't need bottom heat to germinate - they'll just grow leggy and weak.

    Temperature guides here https://www.growlikegrandad.co.uk/al...zen-march.html
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