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Is this idea safe?

Posted: Today at 19:10

I have a big indoor plastic dome on a frame, about 6 feet long and 2 feet wide and the same hight at it's apex. It's floor is comprised of a wire frame, about two inches from the table it stands on. It is unheated. I am thinking of putting my three electric propagators inside it, opening the vents, and using the rest of the space to put other seed trays. Am I risking electrocution or fire, or are these apparently, well sealed connections on the outside of my propagators as good as they look? Anybody know about propagator safety??


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 23:27

Yes, yes! I've seen that... two or three will hop across a discarded patch of ground covered in weeds, to a single, treasured sapling in the middle, rummage through the barricades, eat it, and then hop off together, like they're congratulating one another on having just done a public service. It's so sinister!


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 15:57

Arr, thanks folks, I'll be polishin me halo for a bit after that endorsement.. No, not everything is poisonous to us on the list, nor to the rabbits, but I just found the introduction to the list which should have gone first, so here goes:

While the term “Rabbit-proof” with regard to plants is used (and is popular with garden centres and online suppliers etc.) what they actually means is “rabbit-resistant.” All plants, when they are young and tender are worth a nibble to a hungry bunny. Even “lords and ladies” plants are not rabbit-proof when they put out young, lush shoots – and they contain a burning acid in their sap! Tree bark is a fairly good deterrent, as are very dense thorns, and since rabbits obviously don't climb trees, tall shrubs and bushes are naturally resistant – but even so, slender young, green stems need protection. This is why climbing plants and vines are popular in rabbit areas, and species (wild) roses, some of which are far more woody and thorny e.g. Rosa Spinnosisima tend to be more popular than the glamorous hybrids grown in towns. Again, however, it only takes a nibble to snip through the base of a narrow stem and the whole plant is gone – so a bit of netting around a young, soft plant may be worth the effort. I'm not entirely sure about tree and plant roots. Some gardeners report rabbits digging out the roots of saplings and other new plantings (especially tuberous rooted perennials) when other green stuff is scarce. Perhaps they are just digging burrows – but I'd be on my guard. I have read that sinking a ring of chicken wire into the ground (to a depth of 6-8 inches) around a newly planted specimen will stop them digging out roots.

If I think a plant may be toxic I've put a note by it, but I have limited knowledge of toxicology, and you'll probably recognise other plants that are toxic on the list. This is only significant to mention here because some plants avoided by rabbits are avoided precisely because they contain something toxic or indigestible!



Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:48

Thanks for the moral support there Busy-Lizzy. I was flagging toward the end!


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:36
  • (violet) - I find this hard to believe, since violets and pansies are very tasty and sweet!

  • (everlasting flower)

  • Zinnia elegans

It was hard to stop the formatting going askew, apologies, but I hope this helps anyway. Maybe if you cut and paste it will go back to something sensible.



Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:17
  • (Solomon's seal)

  • Polygonum

  • (primrose)

  • (lungwort)

  • (London pride)

  • Schizostylis coccinea

  • (ice plant)

  • (sea ragwort)

  • (lamb's ears)

  • (African marigold)

  • (French marigold)

  • Tradescantia virginiana

  • (wake robin)

  • Tritonia crocata

  • Trollius europaeus (globe flower) - Toxic to humans

  • (tulips)

  • (mullein)


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:13
  • Macleaya cordata

  • (musk mallow)

  • Melissa officinalis (bee balm)

  • (mints)

  • (grape hyacinth)

  • (forget-me-not)

  • (daffodil) – may be toxic to horses, certainly toxic to humans.

  • (catmint) - Attracts cats almost as much as Actinidia (Kiwi vine)!

  • Nicotiana alata sedative to goats in quite moderate quantities - Toxic to humans.

  • Orchids (hardy)

  • (marjoram)

  • (peonies)

  • Papaver somniferum (opium poppy) - Toxic to humans, Contains several alkaloids.

  • Pulsatilla (Pasque flower) - Toxic to humans

  • Petasites fragrans (winter heliotrope)

  • (New Zealand flax)

  • Phytolacca (poke weed)

  • (Jacob's ladder)


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 21:09
  • (California poppy)

  • (spurges) - Toxic to humans and irritant sap.

  • Fritillaria (fritillaries) - Toxic to humans

  • (snowdrop)

  • (willow gentian)

  • Helenium autumnale

  • (sunflowers)

  • (not H. niger ) (hellebore) - Toxic to humans and irritant sap

  • (day lily)

  • (coral flower)

  • (bluebell)

  • (busy Lizzie)

  • (irises) - Toxic to humans

  • Kniphofia (red hot poker)

  • (dead nettles)

  • (snowflakes)

  • Linum perenne (flax)

  • muscari

  • (lupins) - causes gastric problems.


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 20:31
  • Catharanthus (Periwinkle) - Toxic to humans

  • Chelidonium majus (Celandine) - Toxic to humans

  • (glory of the snow)

  • (autumn crocus)

  • (lily of the valley) - toxic to humans.

  • Cortaderia selloana (pampas grass)

  • (hardy cyclamen) - Toxic to humans

  • Datura (Thorn apple) –Very toxic to humans

  • Delphinium- Toxic to humans, though rabbits take nibbles in my experience.

  • Dahlia (dahlias)

  • (foxgloves) toxic to humans.

  • (leopard's bane) Very toxic to humans.

  • (globe thistle)

  • (winter aconite)

  • (foxtail lily)

  • (sea holly)

  • (dog's tooth violet)

  • Also to add to trees and shrubs list Wiegella and Yucca


Posted: 22/01/2015 at 20:20

Soft wooded

  • (bear's breeches)

  • (monkshood) –definitely very toxic to humans.

  • Adonis (Pheasants eye) - Toxic to humans

  • (African lily)

  • (bugle)

  • (lady's mantle)

  • (ornamental onions)

  • (Peruvian lily)

  • - Toxic to humans

  • & (Japanese anemones) Toxic to humans

  • Antirrhinum (snapdragon)

  • (columbine) - Toxic to humans

  • Artichoke, globe and Jerusalem

  • Asclepias (Swallow wort) - Toxic to humans

  • (Michaelmas daisy)

  • (Michaelmas daisy)

  • (elephant's ears)

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