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Propagation Trays

Propagation Trays are designed to help you to create the correct environment for successful propagation from seeds and cuttings. To achieve this Propagation Trays usually include a heating element that is encased in the base of the tray and insulated to ensure that the heat generated travels upwards into the growing media. For accurate temperature control and cost effective heating, the Propagation Tray should have some way of controlling the temperature. Some trays - such as the Mini and Maxi Trays have a built in thermostat which has been designed to maintain 19 degrees C - the perfect germination temperature for a wide range of plants. Whilst other trays - such as our Heated Trays - can be joined to a thermostat which allows you to set the temperature you wish to achieve - these more sophisticated trays allow you more control and more versatility over what your grow.
Creating the correct propagation environment for successful germination of seeds or rooting of cuttings can be divided into two main areas: the aerial environment and the environment of the growing media. The aerial environment covers such things as the humidity, the air temperature and the light available, whilst the growing media environment includes temperature, moisture and aeration. You can control the aerial environment by the use of a cover placed over the propagation tray. A cover will help to retain heat and will increase humidity levels. You can measure the air temperature using a thermometer or the sensor on a thermostat. You can control the environment of the growing media by supplying an even base heat - as provided by a heated propagation tray. You can measure the temperature in the compost by using a simple soil thermometer or use the sensor on the end of a thermostat.