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Capillary matting with heating mat


 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:37 pm    Post subject: Capillary matting with heating mat Reply with quote

I bought a heating mat last year and would like to use capillary matting for automatic watering of my seed trays this year.

Is it possible to use these in conjunction with each other?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have started to use capillary matting and now want to create a reservoir with some wicks dipped in to it at one end and then underneath the capillary at the other end. This is for automatic watering purposes.

There isn't enough room on the same level as the propagator for a reservoir - would it work if the reservoir was placed on the shelf below or would the water not travel upwards by capillary action?

Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about a tray with a grill in the tray and mat on that, then fill the tray , cotton rope could be used to continually wet the mat
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks - could you elaborate on that a bit further.
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sit your propagator in a tray say 3 inches deep, like the lid of the propagator only slightly larger, place a grill in the tray, like the steel grill in the grill pan of an oven, fill the tray over the level of the grill place mat and propagator on grill, the mat can be continuously wetted by using matting material/cotton rope to connect to the reservoir below
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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can you post a photograph of what you have set up at the minute,
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