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Tropicals & Tender Perennials: Bottom Heat for Plumeria Cuttings

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Rhapsody616
Long Beach, CA

November 3, 2012
10:04 PM

Post #9324044

Hello to all,
I have a few plumeria cuttings in 5 gallon pots. I wanted to give them a little bottom heat to speed up the rooting process for maybe two weeks. I was thinking of useing my Sun Beam heating pad on low. I just don't think a seedling mat will raise the temp of the soil to be of any use. What do you think?
Thanks
Rhapsody

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KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 4, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9324645

When I use a heating source for my cuttings, I put my heating pad in a 2-gallon freezer bag and turn it to medium - works all winter long for me. I've never had a problem using it.
Rhapsody616
Long Beach, CA

November 4, 2012
7:53 PM

Post #9324816

I am happy to hear I may be onto something. Thank you for your reply!
Rhapsody

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lanakila
Holly Springs, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 5, 2012
7:29 AM

Post #9325209

Darnit! All the new heating pads have auto-off features and I'm chicken to use an older model because I'm afraid I'll burn the house down. Decisions, decisions, decisions...
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9325223

If you leave the house, ALWAYS turn it off!
Rhapsody616
Long Beach, CA

November 5, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9325353

That is kind of my point. The heating pad would be outside on the concrete with the pots on top of it. I would not turn it off. My thinking is to use it as a seedling mat but for rooting. I think the auto shut off is a good feature. Turn them on and walk away. Mine doesn't have a shut off.
Rhapsody
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 5, 2012
10:21 AM

Post #9325355

They will get enough heat to root while you are home - they don't need constant heat.
Rhapsody616
Long Beach, CA

November 5, 2012
10:35 AM

Post #9325373

Good point. So I will do it through the evening when I get home and turn it off when I go to work. Yahh me.
Rhapsody
PlumeriaPatch
Melbourne Beach, FL

December 21, 2012
7:04 PM

Post #9364281

I had to go and get all fancy and buy a seedling heating pad. Never thought about using a "people" heating pad. Guess I can make a return to Grower's Supply!
Rhapsody616
Long Beach, CA

December 24, 2012
5:32 PM

Post #9366291

The heating mats I have don't get very warm. That is why I am wondering if the work well. I have three of them.
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 24, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9366334

Rhapsody, I personally don't think they work well - that's why I started using a personal heating pad on low setting.
Rhapsody616
Long Beach, CA

December 24, 2012
7:04 PM

Post #9366405

KayJones.. I am happy I am not alone. I think a low setting with a towel under the pot should work well. When I came home this past summer and put my finder in the soil to see if the potted plants need water I was amazed at how hot the soil was. It had to be about 75-80 degrees. I mean hot!

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