Reptile heat mat a winner for growing plants early

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Reptile heat mat a winner for growing plants early

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:12 am

I bought a Reptile heat mat to start plants off early in my conservatory. These seem to be a lot cheaper than Plant marketed heat mats. Ebay Item: 250495285994
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I bought the longest one they did as it is almost as long as my conservatory shelf.
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This was covered with spare polystyrene ceiling tiles
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Then covered with a space survival blanket
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Then the heat mat was laid across the top.
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Finally on top I placed aluminium plant trays with the plants.
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I also ordered 2 x Aquarium Max/Min Thermometers. Ebay Item: 280486816259 These have a waterproof probe on a wire. The probe of one has been inserted into a pot about 5 cm below the surface to monitor temps. The other will be used to monitor 30cm soil temps outside.
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I really did not know what to expect but temps of the compost are about 6C warmer than minimum air temp at night, and so far the temps have ranged from 17.6C to 22.6C. The Colocasia and Musa zebrina are responding well so far. :wink:
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Re: Reptile heat mat a winner for growing plants early

Post by musa_monkey » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:36 pm

These are great, i have a couple i use in trays to kick pups and cuttings into life and keep the few very tender plants i have ticking over. The good thing is the wattage is very low (i think mine are circa 30w) so they are cheap to run.
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Re: Reptile heat mat a winner for growing plants early

Post by derrick » Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:51 pm

I have some old heat mats in the loft and some Reptile thermostats .Heat mats are ok placed underneath as long they dont get wet . I had a large Python that had shocks from piffing on a mat .Thats a great idea for plants .


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Re: Reptile heat mat a winner for growing plants early

Post by Dave Brown » Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:57 pm

derrick wrote:I have some old heat mats in the loft and some Reptile thermostats .Heat mats are ok placed underneath as long they dont get wet . I had a large Python that had shocks from piffing on a mat .Thats a great idea for plants .
They are laminated so can take some wet, but not immersed. :wink:
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