how do I know my heated propagator is working?

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japagow

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Re: how do I know my heated propagator is working?
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2011, 13:10 »
Mistakes with heated propogator I have made that lead to impatience are as follows,

1) I sowed the seeds in cold compost. I did not let it warm up. It was freezing.

2) I did not place the h.p inside the house.It was in the garage albeit next to a windowsill but all the same. Cold.

3) The seeds are romanian peppers, gogosari. They might be old as they come via a friends mother in law although the date is good.

4) On top of the above I have chosen to sow chilli and pepper which a) might be early b) take a long time to germinate.

5) The bottom is gently warm so I know it is working.

6) Impatient relative to what? I don't understand the question. Am impatient to want seeds to grow quickly in a heated propogator, obviously.

I have moved the hp to a warm bay window in a house and am currently receiving impatience treatment courtesy of you the tax payer.

Sincere thanks to all have posted tips and advice on this thread. I smell success even if i can't see it yet.


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Re: how do I know my heated propagator is working?
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2011, 14:16 »
for you  ;)
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Re: how do I know my heated propagator is working?
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2011, 15:31 »
If it gets warm its working!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It all depends what you put into the ground, to what you get out

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Re: how do I know my heated propagator is working?
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2011, 15:11 »
I bought one this year, not because I needed it but because it is the only way I could get OH to allow plants on our (narrow) windowsills but saying that they were self contained and not messy.

Germination times in the same room with same central heating from sowings at the same time last year;
tomatoes without prop 12-16 days depending on var, with prop 4-5 days
chilli without prop 21 days, with prop 8 days

Problem is I am not ahead of where I wanted to be...

Charlie

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Re: how do I know my heated propagator is working?
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2011, 20:04 »
Chim, I am amazed and impressed that you have recorded the times for prop' with and without an HP. I keep a garden diary of sorts too but it is not as detailed.

BRAVO
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Since starting this thread my tomatoe, chiili and something else - I can't read the writing on the white stick- have germinated in the bay window which is warmer.

Now, fellow propogators, get this......The tray of seeds that has NOT propogated, and there are two in the HP, is the one with suspected older seeds sown in cold compost originally.

Elementary stuff.

Thanks once again to all for the enlightenment.



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