Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Low Tech Propagator

My propagation area is located in an unheated portion of the basement, so I constructed an enclosure to capture most of the heat generated by the 24" 24 watt T5 tube.

One end of the enclosure has a removable panel to allow for access to the seed tray for watering. This simple enclosure has raised the temperature from 58 to 71 degrees, which is ideal for seed germination. Without the enclosure the heat would simply dissipate; with the enclosure there is no need for a heating mat.

When viewing the photo I thought that the project looked rather high tech, like something from a sci-fi film. The enclosure performs as intended, and it cost nothing to build, as it was constructed from various pieces of scrap material.

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