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Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by JWK, Jan 1, 2024.

  1. JWK

    JWK Gardener Staff Member

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    Ordered a Blueberry plant from DT brown, it will be delivered today.
    £15.95p.
     
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    • Grandma Sue

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      Still looking on what to buy in preparation for my second grow of tomatoes and salad.
      I want to grow 3 tomato plants and salad this year - I can tick off my 20L air pots they were bought last month, so my main concern is to purchase a propagator for my seeds?

      I've been looking at the Earlygrow heated propagator with height extender, then I thought why not a heat mat instead? - Grenebo seedling heat mat with thermoatat, - then I would need to get an extender when the seedlings grow tall? ( both from amazon)

      Opinions please :spinning:
       
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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      The trick in my opinion is not to start too early, so that the plants dont outgrow your propagator before you have a suitable place for them to grow on when you take them out.

      I only use a propagator really for germination up to the two leaf stage of most plants, if left in propagators for too long I find you just end up with leggy plants.
       
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        Didn't mean to... Went to local garden centre in case their cymbidiums were on clearance. They weren't, but I got 2 decent blueberries (different varieties to improve pollination) at £4 each, 2 different heuchera £1 each for my daughter, tricolour sage £2, and some silver leafed things (£1) to keep in glasshouse until summer bedding is needed!
         
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          I don't have propagator. I sow tomatoes in the middle (plus/minus) of March. It's quite chilly in the room, they germinate very well each year within 5-7 days. If you have windowsills, I don't think, propagator is needed at all.
           
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            I have propagators but use them just for germination, but i don't do them too early because of light levels, then i put them in a light box made out of a cardboard box, cut the front away and line it with tin foil shiney side out, still turn them every day.
            I don't use windowsills they're likely to get knocked down.
             
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              Thank you Pete, the last thing I need are leggy plants, which would be unable to support themselves and topple over.

              OK I can now make plans... sow in May- then out into the cold frame when I have 4 leaves. :spinning:
               
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              • pete

                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                You can probably go a bit bigger than the two leaf stage, but not much more, they get leggy very quickly if over warm in a close atmosphere.
                 
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                  Cannot wait to get cracking... sticking to John Innes (2 & 3) compost "have already got 1 unopened in shed, and will be nipping down to garden centre to get 4 more which should fill 3 - 20L plant pots with a bit to spare for salads. :hapfeet:
                   
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                    I have a couple of lights like this ( Amazon link ), they are actually very good for windowsill seed growing. The seedlings seem to turn towards the lights rather than the window and don't get leggy.

                    My lights have white covers and natural shade of light so don't look too industrial (or Cannabis-y) in the living room. :biggrin:

                    Before seed sowing period I use them in the kitchen to boost young succulents and herbs.
                     
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                    • Victoria

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                      I have to have something to nuture the next couple of months so ordered these ... both coming from Spain, different sellers.

                      Three cuttings of Abutilon Double Pink

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                      Four cuttings of Epiphyllum x hybridus Cactus orchid
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                        They look nice Victoria especially the cactus.
                         
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                          Thank you Logan. I thought so too and apparently treated like Christmas Cactus ... and here is mine today with buds on a North facing window ledge ...
                          Christmas Cactus1 12 Jan 2024(1).jpg
                           
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                            Very nice,I've got a Christmas cactus but hasn't got a lot of flowers on it. I used to keep it in the kitchen but it never flowered so i put it in the conservatory with a lot more light. It flowered well at first but not the 2 years after.
                             
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