Author Topic: Couple Questions-1 stupid question about misting and bottom heat  (Read 1581 times)

Yenling83

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I'm very new to misting/drip systems, Greenhouses and Propagation sorry for the stupid question.  I rigged up a misting system with a cheap kit that had a timer which attached directly to my hose facet and line that came off the timer. 

*Besides coming off your hose facet, where is your timer attached to and where does the water come from?  Where does your line with misters or drippers attach too? 

*Also, does anyone have any good links for information on setting up bottom heat or links to places to purchase?  I'd like to be able to provide bottom heat to 3-5 med-large newly collected trees.  I've seen people use wire in a bed of sand before, but have no idea how something like this would be set up.  Or are there any larger heating mats that you can just plug in? 

Thanks for any help. 

 

Judy

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Re: Couple Questions-1 stupid question about misting and bottom heat
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2012, 05:05 PM »
Hi Yenling,
I use cool mist humidifiers (stand alone plug in units)  in my wintering greenhouse, but do use a sprinkler setup outside in the summer.

 I also have some large heat mats for in the winterhouse, one is 10' long and one is 6' long.  The trick is finding a thermostat that goes down low enough.  Most cheap thermostats don't allow you to adjust below 65º or so.  I have some that go from 30ºF to 110.  That way I can keep the roots from freezing, without heating the air too much, so they stay good and dormant.  I keep the 6'side a bit warmer for my more tender trees.  The thermostats have sensor probes you jam down into the soil to determine when they turn on, and the heat mats plug into them.  I use the 6' side to push early startups on the trees that love heat- tridents and JBP... It's worked out really well for me so far.  

I have a small mat that I use just for new repots (bottom heat is always a boost).  I have a cheap thermostat that I use for that, as I only want it to be very warm.

The outdoor sprinkler is just a timer that goes on the outdoor faucet that is left on, and the timer just opens and closes a valve to your sprinkler/drip system at programmable increments.  

Here are some links to the stuff I use.

 thermostat  30- 110F  - shure-stat
http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/controls.shtml

thermostat  68-110F - hydrofarm
http://www.charleysgreenhouse.com/8043-Digital-Heat-Mat-Thermostat--E3443-.htm

humidifier - crane cool mist
http://www.amazon.com/Crane-Gallon-COOL-humidifier-White/dp/B001ADL1SG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333140482&sr=8-1

small heat mat (super durable, but expensive, that's why I didn't get this for my larger ones..)
http://www.greenhousemegastore.com/product/commercial-propagating-mat/heat-mats-seeding

large heat mats - redi-heat
http://www.growerssupply.com/farm/supplies/prod1;gs1_seed_germination;pg106148

Water timer - Claber
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=claber+water+timer&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=3667551055&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7908666281708502095&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&ref=pd_sl_1ddor900ax_e


Hope this helps, if you need more info, or the links don't work, let me know.


 

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Re: Couple Questions-1 stupid question about misting and bottom heat
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 12:12 PM »
Judy

Very interesting about the humidifiers, I might just have to try one out.  Fantastic reply, thank you so much I really appreciate it!
 

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Re: Couple Questions-1 stupid question about misting and bottom heat
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 02:58 PM »
no problem Yenling, I really dig those humidifiers, if you put them on timers, and only run them a few times a day for an hour or so, the water can last up to a week....

with the combo of bottom heat and humidifier set up in the greenhouse, I've been able to do more to roots than I ever thought possible.