So, probably not the most amazing title for my first post, but as a propagator is a kind of beginning place, I thought I would bite the bullet and start blogging again.
I say again, I blogged a few years ago about cycling and loosing weight, but now I cycle daily as part of my job, I kind o lost the momentum for writing about it.
However, plants, although feature very heavily in my job, I have bags of enthusiasm for them, plus having a couple of allotments, I thought there would be loads to write about…. we shall see.
So, a new propagator, my previous one “went bang” just before Christmas, and with one thing an other I’ve not got round to buying a new one until today. Ideally I was wanting an adjustable temperature one, but the budget wouldn’t run to that, so I settled for one of these.
My local Wyevale had them reduced from £49.99 to £35 so thought this was well worth it.
I like a lining in the bottom of my propagators, I usually use either horticultural grit, but after chatting with one of the guys at work, he suggested horticultural sand, so I have gone with this.
It basically helps to distribute the heat more evenly as well as providing some drainage and keeping the humidity up in the propagator, it also acts as a bit of a heat store, saving the element heater in the unit from having to work so hard. So after adding around half an inch of sand, I popped the lid on, plugged it in and waited…Within 10 minutes there was a misting to the lid, a good sign it was warming up.
Checked it all this morning, there was a lot of condensation on the lid and the sand felt warm. The soil thermometer was reading around 20 degrees, so it seems its all systems go!
The little plant-lets are from a Furcraea longaeva, which we were lucky enough to have flower last June at work, it since produced a lot of these plant-lets and we have propagated more at work and this is what was left over. Its a curious plant, it took just over 10 years to flower, the flower spike being around 4 Meters tall, with the most beautiful flowers that lasted for a couple of weeks
Its a monocarpic plant, meaning once it has flowered, and set seed it dies, hence it taking so long to flower.
It does grow OK in the UK but it needs a sheltered, sunny spot and protecting from the winter weather, well worth a try though if you are able.