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by Conrad
Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Seed planting season has started. Here's the way I do it.
Replies: 12
Views: 1150

Re: Seed planting season has started. Here's the way I do it.

Very interesting to see how others do it. Do you ever have issues with the propagator getting too hot Paul? I imagine when the greenhouse is 30c it would be 40+ in there. Is the propagator in full sun in the greenhouse, or a shady corner. I recognise your propagator as a vitopod one I think, I have ...
by Conrad
Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Uberpropagator
Replies: 10
Views: 566

Re: Uberpropagator

Thanks Ralph, interesting points. Astonished your seedlings survived 63c, thats impressive. You may well be right about the temperatures not being worth worrying about. I have noticed however that occasionally if I have a pot that is failing to germinate and I take it out and keep it somewhere much ...
by Conrad
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:09 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Uberpropagator
Replies: 10
Views: 566

Re: Uberpropagator

I'll have the fans pilling air out of the back of the box, which is the warmest bit, the idea being there should then be a passive flow of cooler air in through the front.
by Conrad
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Uberpropagator
Replies: 10
Views: 566

Re: Uberpropagator

Hi Fero, thanks, I can recommend it, really packs the seedlings in. Yes I will put a 120mm fan in on each level toward the back, I wired them up to a mains 12v adapter this evening and will cut some holes and fix them in place over the next couple of weeks, no hurry now as its a bit chilly outside!
by Conrad
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Uberpropagator
Replies: 10
Views: 566

Re: Uberpropagator

Thanks guys, the lights are generally on about an 16:8 day night cycle.

Everything us eventually moved into the polytunnel, I have a 16 x 36ft and have just put up a 16 x 48ft one too. Both with gas heating.
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by Conrad
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Uberpropagator
Replies: 10
Views: 566

Uberpropagator

I thought some may be interested to see my new arrangement for seedling starting, I call it the uberpropagator! Its not beautiful but is hidden in the spare room. Made from 12mm ply, x3 levels each with x4 36w t8 flourescent tubes. The residual heat keeps seeds generally between 25 and 32 at the mom...
by Conrad
Mon Nov 09, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Seedbeds with mold/fungus (baggie method)
Replies: 17
Views: 1423

Re: Seedbeds with mold/fungus (baggie method)

As long as the substrate has been sterilised, the issue is going to be pulp on the seeds themselves or otherwise dirty seeds. Very very difficult to deal with, last winter I had many pots with this, and tried many of the mentioned methods, the only one that works for me is opening the bags and dryin...
by Conrad
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Rebutia flavistyla problem
Replies: 24
Views: 1545

Re: Rebutia flavistyla problem

100%red spider mite - I have about 30 plants that were affected this way (but worse) by a RSM infestation last year.

They've all gone blind and have started growing from offsets instead.
by Conrad
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Like a deflated balloon.
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Re: Like a deflated balloon.

Very nice rauschii, it's funny, the longer I'm interested in cacti the more those that are practically hidden from view appeal.
by Conrad
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Like a deflated balloon.
Replies: 4
Views: 440

Like a deflated balloon.

I really like G.prochazkianum. This one has gone for the subterranean deflated look, but seems happy enough to flower well. Root like a turnip. This one look closest to habitat photos of the plants I have.
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Conrad