Friday, January 25, 2008
Here is what I call an incubator. You can go and buy them from Wal-Mart or places like that relatively cheap, around $4. They are made by Jiffy. But I have come across something better. Here is how to make a cheap incubator : most people order take out right. Well what I have done is saved my metal tins from take-out Chinese food and pasta dishes. They hold from 8-11 peat pellets depending on the size of the tin. I am buying my peat refills for $4.00 at 72 pellets, that's a deal. What you do is place desired amount of peat pellets in the tin and add warm water to the tin. The peat pellets will soak up the water and grow like a sponge. The trick is once you put your seeds in the pellets and seal it up you need to provide a constant temperature. The ideal temperature is around 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit, so you will also need a thermometer to make sure your temperature is constant. A real good source of heat that you are already paying for is your cable box. Placing your incubator on the cable box will work but preferably you want the box located in an entertainment center or cabinet of some sort to trap more heat. You will see sprouts in no time!! In the Jiffy incubator you can see I have 4 sprouts of Tangerine Trees and 1 Dwarf Poinciana. Good luck and Let's Plant!!