New Propagator!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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