PROPAGATORS

Go forth and propagate! Here’s our best buy and top picks to get your sowing off to a great start!

BEST BUY
GEOPOD HEATED PROPAGATOR WITH LIGHTS

This heated propagator has a tall lid to accommodate young plants as well as seedlings, with specially designed grooves for the placement of the grow lights. These will last an average of 10,000 hours, diffusing light deep into plant leaves. The kit also comes with a temperature control which can be set from between 5-30C to suit the demands of different plants.

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KG VERDICT
This is the complete kit! The propagator itself has a capacious lid with large vents to release condensation. Heat is distributed evenly and will turn off automatically when the required temperature is reached. With 10,000 hours of life, the grow lights offer excellent value and the temperature control can be set precisely by 1C within its range. Available in two sizes.

GREENHOUSE SENSATION
www.greenhousesensation.co.uk
TEL: Order online
PRODUCT CODE: N/A
PRICE: £150 and £195

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TOP PICK
ELECTRIC STARTER PROPAGATOR

This compact electric propagator has a 10 watt heated base, consuming one sixth of the power of a standard household light bulb. The clear top cover is 12cm (5in) high and has a vent to control humidity. To aid healthy root development, the growing tray features ‘two tier’ drainage and capillary holes.

VERDICT
This is an excellent starter propagator. The bottom heat it provides is excellent for germination and with a relatively tall lid will accommodate seedlings as they grow into young plants. The adjustable vent on the top of the lid allows for the release of condensation. Great for beginners or if you are growing on a small scale.

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HARROD HORTICULTURAL
www.harrodhorticultural.com
TEL: 0333 400 6400
PRODUCT CODE: GPR-092
PRICE: £24.95

TOP PICK
WINDOWSILL PROPAGATOR

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Measuring 76cm (30in) x 18.5cm (7in) x 14.5cm(5.½in), this Garland Super 7 propagator is to fit on a windowsill. It has a power rating of 13 watts with the carbon fibre-heating element providing even heat distribution and a long life. Comes with seven mini propagators.

KG VERDICT
If you want something simple and versatile, this heated windowsill propagation kit is excellent. The seven mini propagators have clear lids (with adjustable vents) and will enable you to conveniently sow different varieties of seeds in each one. The heat generated from the base will soon kick your seed into action, with a window allowing a natural source of light.

KINGS SEEDS
www.kingsseeds.com
TEL: 01376 570 000
PRODUCT CODE: 45176
PRICE: £37.90

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