Originally Posted by Dean W.
What do you use for heat in your germination station? I noticed a cylindrical looking object in the picture.
That is a glass themometer actually. Bought that at walmart for like $8 I think. That's the top part that holds the battery that you see, then the bottom is a glass plate that digitally shows the temps. I'll pull it out and take a picture tonight after the heat cycle is over! As well I have a meat themometer in one of the soil containers to watch the soil temps.
For heat I use to a reptile heat pad, look closely in the picture, the black object underneath is it. It was the largest I could find. I have a towel under it to concentrate and insulate the heat! But since the plastic tub is so large, I also have a heating pad for your back or joints kinda pad. NOT the auto shutoff kind (made that mistake the first time I bought it). I have that on top of the lid, also covered with a towel on top to concentrate and insulate the heat!
The air temperatures are staying between 92-102, but the soil tempuratures are staying between 85-93 at most. Night temps are ranging from 65-72. I have a timer on the pads cutting on at 10am and sequencing as so: Three hours on, one hour off, two hours on, one hour off, two hours on, one off, two on... off the rest of the night. It takes about 2-3 hours to even reach above 90 air temps, so I decided to even it out 50/50 on/off.
Later I'll go and look up all of the varieties I've have in there and list them! OFF TO THE BEACH NOW!!!
I also forgot to mention I have bromeliads, many cacti, cereus (night blooming dragon fruit cacti), passiflora, jalepeno peppers, and strawberry seeds all germinating in there as well!!!!