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Re: propagation boxes


Well, here I go showing my lack of experience again.  I've never used a cold
frame because I know I'm not dependable enough to do all that opening and
closing on sunny days.  I envision either finding frozen dead cuttings over
which I'd thrilled at my success just a few months before (because I forgot
to close it) or fried green mush (because I forgot to open it).  And I never
had enough confidence in my ability to pull it off to actually build one and
spend the $75 for the automatic opener (could I really trust it not to

You try it and let me know how it works. ;+)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James R. Fisher" <garrideb@well.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2005 1:49 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] propagation boxes

> kmrsy@netzero.net wrote:
> > Because of the angles of the house and the trees, I don't think there's
> > any direct sun to cause the boxes to heat up too much. Directly to the
> > south of the boxes, the Florida room juts out. If at any time it seems
> > like I could have used too much water, I just reset the lid cock-eyed
> > for awhile (few hours) but for the most part just leave it on.
> >
> >
> > Previous to using the boxes I would use 8 inch mum pots for 7 cuttings,
> > insert chopsticks, and wrap with saran. This was usually successful for
> > Strobilanthes. I didn't provide any deliberate ventilation, though the
> > saran was obviously not fool-proof.
> >
> >
> > I've seen ventilation holes for sed starting toppers but I don't recall
> > any instructions requiring ventillation for cuttings. Do you think it
> > would be better to have some small holes?
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> I would think that ventilation holes would be necessary/useful only
> if fungal rot of one sort or another sets in. If not, and boxes work
> as is, no reason to tinker with success.
> Looks like they'd do well for mini cold frames come winter. Ever use
> them for that ? I've been musing about that use here, especially if
> sunk half way or so into the ground.
> -jrf
> -- 
> Jim Fisher
> Vienna, Virginia USA
> 38.9 N 77.2 W
> USDA Zone 7
> Max. 95 F [36 C], Min. 10 F [-12 C]
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