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frost free plug plants

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 18:43

Hi Mike2li

Your plants should be O.K. with the parafin heater but make sure you provide adequate ventilation,open doors during the day when temperatures lift, obviously turning off heater.

Regards and good luck

Mike W

Van Meuwen

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 21:04

Hi Brumbull

Thanks for the hints.


Mike W

Van Meuwen

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 18:50

Hi Brumbull

Out of interest how do you provide heat over winter for your fuchsias ?


Mike W

Van Meuwen

Posted: 20/03/2013 at 18:17

Hi Brumbull

Your complaint seems to be dealt with to your satisfaction,which echo,s my own experience when on rare occasions I have had a complaint with mail order suppliers.

I have converted from growing from seed to plugs for those plants such as begonias which need to be set away early ( January ) also I no longer over winter geraniums or fuchsias.The aim is to reduce the period that heat is required in the green house.Instead of having heat on from November onwards I switch on mid March.thus saving a lot of money.

Today I received 100 No begonia plugs from "Jersey Plants" well packed in excellent condition.


Mike W


Posted: 28/01/2013 at 12:16

Thank you sotongeoff & homebird.The seeds I am having problems with are begonia,I do water from the bottom but maybe a little too generous,I will try covering the seedlings with vermiculite as suggested and be more careful with water.


Mike W



Posted: 27/01/2013 at 18:05

I used to use Cheshunt dressing to prevent algea growth on planted seed traysCheshunt has now been withdrawn,has anyone an alternative treament ?

Flowering plants that like shade

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 19:00

Hi Daniel 2323

I have a plot North facing in shade located in N.E.After much experimenting I successfully grow Begonia,s ( plenty of colour ) fuschsia,s nocotiana and senecio

Good luck

Mike W



paraffin heaters

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 18:46

I agree with previous comments that you need to provide adequate ventilation.Parafin like all fuels is expensive ,often allotment associations sell it cheaper.

I have a twin funnel which uses a gallon every two days, this keeps the G.H. just above freezing This is too expensive to use all winter,I tend to use it April and May to protect against snap frosts here in N.E. England

Vitopod Propagators

Posted: 21/11/2012 at 05:10


Hi Sarah

I have 3 large vipods and 1small one,I purchased them over aa period of 3 years and I swear by them.My reason for using them is primarily to reduce the cost of heating the greenhouse and having the advantage of controlling different temperatures 

The thermostats control is excellent,also the abilty to increase the hieght is a great advantage.

Expensive yes but a rolls royce product,the Stewart is the Lada.You pay your money etc



Talkback: Greenhouse temperatures

Posted: 08/11/2012 at 18:48

Because of the high cost of heating,I have moved away fro overwintering plants such as fuchsia,s and pelargoniums and buy plugs in spring.Also any seeds which need sowing before mid march again I buy plugs.The result is I do not incur heating   the green house between October and April

I do have automatic vents but find them a nuisance in the winter period, and do not control temperatures effectively,I find shading from the low winter sun more effective.Also strong winds have damaged auto vents.


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