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My Propagator
« on: September 05, 2008, 01:55:32 AM »
Here is a pic of my propagation box/orchid hospital. The black tub on the left is a hydroponic setup for rooting softwood cuttings. The small tub on top has a few germinating seeds. On the right are a couple of recovering casualties. The light is a 85watt compact fluorescent from Builder's warehouse - works great! I made the light reflector and box out of corex board that costs R6 a sheet (1 side of the box).

This is a newly mounted Polystachya Ottoniana that flowered shortly after I put it in. The flowers are about 10mm across.



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Re: My Propagator
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2008, 05:13:30 AM »
Hi Robin,
This looks great.  :clap: Where did you get the nonex board? With what did you join them at the corners. I presume the black box is one of those you can get at builders - please give me a bit of information on how you do the hydroponic setup
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Jurie
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Re: My Propagator
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2008, 09:05:29 AM »
Very interesting Robin, 01h55 ! I hope you work "night shift"?  LOL LOL

What are those red balls that looks like boilies?
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2008, 11:48:48 AM »
Hi Jurie,

Sorry about the typo, that was meant to be "corex" board. I bought it at a place called Maizey's plastics by Gold Reef City. Though I'm sure it must be widely available. It's the stuff the estate agents use for their signs. The frame is built out of pine brandering. Then I used a staple gun to attach the corex on the outside and white plastic film on the inside. If you like I can send you details on the entire construction and setup, a - z. The black box is a storage box from Game.

Ernst, the red balls are expanded clay pellets or LECA. I'm experimenting with them as a growing medium for orchids, works great so far.

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Re: My Propagator
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2008, 11:57:42 AM »
I've been to all the shops and can't find nonex boards anywhere ??? >:( ??? >:(

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2008, 16:32:50 PM »
Hi - Nonex comes out due to banned words on the site - however the explanation helps - thanks :dance:
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2008, 17:12:18 PM »
What the nonex!!??

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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2008, 17:46:56 PM »
OK, so what does "n o n e x" in the original post actually mean?

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Re: My Propagator
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2008, 19:11:10 PM »
C O R E X

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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2008, 19:34:59 PM »
I've also been trying to figure it out all day! Somewhere out there, there's a guy who's job it is to compile lists of naughty words to populate the 'banned words' lists. Why didn't I know about the fun jobs when I left school? LOL
Robin, that's a great looking setup. I like the way you hang the light on a chain so that you can adjust the height of the light as the plants grow. Very professional looking.
Ernst, a carp fisherman? I've been spoiled by catching leervis here in the estuaries with my fly rod, but have put in my time behind the 'mikstokke'!

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Re: My Propagator
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2008, 20:04:24 PM »
Hi Robin , your propagator looks great ! Did you get the thermostat from Builder`s as well ?

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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2008, 21:18:49 PM »
Robin,
Very interesting, I think everyone can do with a Propagator of some sort.
I did not know that ordinary fluorescent lights can be used, I spent a lot more for "growlight tubes".
Incadescent growlights on the other hand are 50 W each and can turn up the Electricity bill and heat, if used over a period of time.

Michael,
The Carp fishing is from my years in the States (Free) and Gauteng. Fly fishing? I have the basic outfit for Trout but the skill lacks! Do you give lessons?  LOL
This summer I plan to get back to Bassing again at Loerie and Ipofu dams.
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Re: My Propagator
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2008, 01:50:51 AM »
Eugene, I use an aquarium thermostat from the pet shop to maintain the water temp in the hydro. I have no fan or thermostat to control the air temp inside the box. The lid is loosely fitted so it allows for slow ventilation. The light doesn't emit much heat, so the air temp usually stays between 18 and 23 C. The humidity is usually at about 60%. Spraying with a hand mister twice a day increases the humidity to about 80%.

A few more details for those who are interested...


The frame made of pine brandering @ R10/meter


The drain pipe inside the hydro tub can be moved up  and down to adjust the water level


The inside is covered in white plastic and stapled on.



The front panel and lid are made of "c o r e x" board. The front is hinged with duct tape and it's all stuck on with velcro for easy access



This is the light bulb, R260 from builder's warehouse. It's about 30cm long.



These are the cups I use, filled with rockwool. The cups sit about 1cm above the water level. The bubbles from the aquarium air stones create a fine mist that keeps the rockwool damp but not waterlogged.



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Re: My Propagator
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2008, 06:01:20 AM »
Hi Robin,
This is excellent - thanks
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Regards / Groete / Mit freundlichen Gruessen

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Re: My Propagator
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2008, 07:42:44 AM »
Thank you Robin  :congrats:

That is very impressive indeed.

So simple yet appears so effective - you must have given quite a thought to design that.
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