This super simple fish tank conversion really helps with growing exotic plants(or anything that doesn't survive Scottish weather) quickly without costing too much and it can be set up in a bedroom where it can be observed constantly.
Altogether I already had most of the parts for this sitting in my garage so it was pretty cheap. I only had to buy the seeding tray and seeds :)
Tuesday 18th December 2012: Featured and on the front page. A huge thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read about my first successful botanic adventure!
Step 1: Materials:
1 Medium sized fish tank
1 Old water heater from ^fish tank^ (it was spare since the indicator light was broken)
2 bricks with holes in them
Step 2: Set Up
Place the water heater through the holes in the bricks, giving it more surface area than lying on the bottom of the tank, and lower the heating unit into the tank.
Fill the tank with water until it is just reaching above the bricks, any more may be absorbed by the holes in the seed tray and water log the tray.
plug the heater in and let it heat the water. With the thermometer in the water I think I got it to about 36°C when the air temp was 30°C
Step 3: Sow the Seeds
Sow the seeds as you would normally and place the tray on top of the bricks. Place the thermometer on the soil, this will then give a readout of the air temp inside the propagator.
Top this off with the lid of the fish tank and leave to germinate.
Keep checking the thermometer through the glass to see if the water heater needs adjusted.
Step 4: Let Nature Take It's Course!
When the first green shoots are about 3-5cm high then it is safe to take the lid off and let more sunlight into the setup.
After re-potting the bamboo shoots I then stuck in a strawberry plant which did ok but I went on holiday and it died (not too fussed it was one out of a million runners from the garden)
Whilst the strawberry plant was in the propagator I added a few orange seeds I had soaked in water for a few days. These sprouted after a while and eventually got re-potted into old herb containers.