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Old 12-09-2011, 01:05 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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I second the use of a heat mat. Really turned things around for me last winter.
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I have last spring used an electric throw as base for all my start-ups prior to transplanting them outside, such
as cannas, banana pups, wandering jews, etc. with great success. A throw provides a lot more room 'for the
money', than a heating pad and is temperature regulated in just the right range.

The only drawback is that for safety reasons these throws shut off every 3 hrs. For me that turned out to
be of little problem, because all was located on a high shelf in the extended en-suite and the switch was
hanging down right beside the bedroom door. So I just clicked it back on every time I passed through
that door, if the control light showed, that it was out.

PS: Boxing Day sales may be a good time to buy something like that. I got mine for half price last year



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I will have to try a heating mat. I don't. Have one but I guess I could go get one. The only problem is it is in a 7 gallon pot and I would need a big one.
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Steve, I bought a 48" x 20" heat mat last year for about $50 from Amazon. Trust me, you can fit several 15 gallon pots on it -- I did! There are also smaller ones.

This is the kind I got and I have no complaints:
Amazon.com: Hydrofarm MT10009 48-by-20-Inch Seedling Heat Mat: Patio, Lawn & Garden
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I will have to try a heating mat. I don't. Have one but I guess I could go get one. The only problem is it is in a 7 gallon pot and I would need a big one.

I don't think, that I understand your concerns. A heating throw goes underneath the pots. On a
60" by 50" throw, there is plenty of space for your pot and a whole slew of others. With a big pot it just
takes a bit longer, before the soil reaches the desired temperature. Once that has happened it will stay
there for the rest of the winter or whatever. Of course, you might want to protect the throw with a thin
plastic sheet. My throw cost me (on pre-X-mas sale) $32.- and cents.



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That should be the right size.

Olafhenny, I actually did not know what you meant by a heated throw. Most likely because most people around here don't use them. I think I will look for one because they will most likely be cheaper than a heating mat. If not I think I can get one like Mark was talking about at a local store a little cheaper than the link. If not it's off to amazon or ebay.
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It is actually a smaller version of a heating blanket. The high temperature actually maxes out at 25^C (77^F), an ideal
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I have done some minor surgery and it looks as if it may have choked. I will have to look at it further in the morning. I think I am going to look up some stuff on choking as well to see if it really is.
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