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Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:43

Hi All. I have two of the Stewart 52cm heated propagators which each fit two of the large seed trays and they have been absolutely brilliant! Over the last two growing seasons they have enabled me to bring on multiple sowings of chosen seeds far quicker than I could have achieved using a non-heated propagator (which I had previously). I don't have a proper working greenhouse (yet!) so seedlings live on either on a windowsill or in a small 4-shelf, budget, outdoor 'greenhouse'. The propagators have certainly helped achieve fairly consistent results (coreopsis, echinacea, cosmos, rudbeckia etc!

David K raises an interesting point when he says '...trying to beat nature by producing stuff early is doomed to fail'. In part, I'd agree. Raising seedlings too early in the season can certainly result in failure if the outside growing conditions aren't conducive to planting on and you don't have a greenhouse or similar. However, if you are planting seeds in a heated propagator within the recommended planting times then I don't see you are trying to beat nature per se. I view it that you are simply helping to create the optimum conditions for seed germination rather than relying on opportune weather conditions and possible disappointment as a result of our crazy climate. Exactly what having a greenhouse - perhaps with a heated bench - is trying to achieve. They can certainly give us 'greenhouseless' folks the chance to create a greenhouse effect in miniature although I accept that its probably not a tool everyone is comfortable using or would want to use

Warmest wishes


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 20:20

Sounds like a hard problem to solve DK 

(getting coat...........)!



Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 21:37

Just had a ganders at some of the suggestions and I can see a few that I'll be adding to my list  for sure 

If you still need additional suggestions have a look at Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'. Pale yellow flowers from July to September, airy foliage and fully hardy (mine are just starting to shoot up). Grows to about 60cm.





Camera Corner

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 22:33



Evening all. Been following this thread very closely and loving the pictures. The astro turfed car made me smile. Brilliant! The garden pics have given me some great ideas for my own planting, so thanks for sharing everyone 

Thought I'd contribute and share a few pics taken from my own garden in the last week or so.

Have a great evening one and all.



Where are YOU?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 21:46

Woodthorpe, Nottingham! good to see other Notts folk here too. Hi everyone 


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 13:15

Hi Lulu. Looks very similar in habit and colour to the magnolia I planted a few years ago called George Henry Kern. I've included a pic taken a couple of days ago for comparison.

I chose this one because of it's relatively compact habit and approx height of 9ft max. Of course, there are many different styles and you may have something entirely different.....just looks quite similar. Good luck narrowing it down 



Flower or Weed?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 20:22

I'm agreeing with willowherb! It's one of the nuisance weeds that loves my garden. Must be a good seed bank in my soil as I never let it flower or go to seed and it still pops up all over the place every year!!  It's easy to hoik out the ground though!

Japanese knotweed shoots & Mower contamination ?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:59

I agree with Muddy Fork. Looks like bindweed (calystegia sepium) to me too, David. A common, perennial weed that's a pain but relatively straightforward to deal with. If you do a search on the forum you'll find plenty of suggestions, tips and tricks for dealing with it! I think mowing will weaken it if you keep it up, anyway     Shame it's so prolific as the flowers are actually quite nice!!


Plant ID please

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 13:33

Hmmm. Looks like some sort of deciduous Azalea.....

what are you propagating?

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 11:48

Sounds like everyone is very busy sowing and growing. Not tried Erysimum before.......may have a look at that for next year! 

Been a bit late starting sowing .....first lot only went in about a week and a half ago! So far I've sown Rudbeckia 'Irish Spring' and 'Rustic Dwarf', Helenium Hoopesii, Echinacea 'Bravado', Catananche Caerulea 'Amor White', Digitalis Obscura 'Dusky Maid', Verbena Bonariensis, Polemonium Sulfur Trumpets, Salvia, Echium 'Blue Bedder', Scabious 'Blue Cushion' plus a few ornamental grasses starting to germinate. Need to get my Coreopsis in an odd achillea with 'ball' shaped flowers.

Also have seven new Hydrangeas from cuttings taking last year and that are starting to romp away. Chuffed that I have some Cotoneaster seedlings germinating and that were only removed from the fridge about a week ago. Need to get moving with some Astrantia 'Primadonna' seeds as they'll have to go in the fridge too for a few weeks! Have two Brugmansia cuttings doing very well indoors and which need repotting already! Dahlias also need potting up as they are starting to produce shoots..... Much to do........

I'm sure more will be added



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Choisya Ternata 'Sundance': Moved & Sulking

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