you have ever wanted to propagate your own plants then this is the
way the professionals do it. This unit is ideal for those who want
to produce plants from cuttings. It is especially suitable for people
who want to plant out small wood lots or reforest native bush. Anyone
who has done this will know that purchasing plants for this purpose
can be very expensive as 100 plants/trees goes nowhere on a farm.
The unit operates on a safe 24 volts so it is also ideal for schools.
does it work?
The unit is supplied with a power supply, mist control unit, 24 volt
solenoid, electronic leaf and two misting jets. The unit will mist
a propagating bed approximately 2.4 metres by 1 metre. Additional
misting jets are available increasing the misting area by approx 1.2
square metres. The electronic leaf is placed amongst the cuttings.
When the electronic leaf dries out (simulating a real leaf), the mist
unit turns on until the leaf is wet again. In this way the cuttings
are prevented from drying out until they grow their own roots. The
unit works even better if you have bottom heat as this stimulates
root growth. The ideal is “warm bottom, cold tops”.
How easy is it to install?
The power supply plugs into a 230- volt outlet. The mist control
has to be wired to the plug pack. It is clearly labelled, and is
only approximately 24 volts, so you won’t get electrocuted. The
solenoid and electronic leaf are wired to the mist control unit,
again only 24 volts. All the wiring points are clearly labelled.
The power supply, mist controller and solenoid need to be located
in a dry place. The solenoid needs to be connected to a water supply.
We recommend using 15mm PVC class E pressure pipe for the mist line.
The misters are supplied screwed into a short piece of 15mm pipe
because they have a 1/8 BSP thread and you are unlikely to have
a tap to make the thread. These short pieces of pipe with the misters
fitted need to be glued into the main line.
mist controller has a sensitivity control. If the cuttings are looking
too dry (they are wilting), the control knob is moved around further
towards dry, so the electronic leaf has to get a lot wetter before
the unit cuts off. When your cuttings have a good root system, the
control is set to wet, which will reduce the misting. This gets
the cuttings used to obtaining their water from their newly developed
|Below are a series of photos showing the bush block I established
primarily with my own cuttings about 20 years ago. The initial plantings
were Lacebark, Pittosporum, Mahoe, and Karo.
|Misting Unit block diagram (not to scale)
Freight NI $12.00 SI $16.00, Rrual delivery
an additional $6.50
Extra misting jets $18.50. Freight free
if ordered with a Misting unit, $3.00 P&P if ordered seperately
Replacement electronic leaf $82.20 plus
$5.00 postage. Rural delivery an additional $4.00
note: To prevent unnecessary delays please make sure you select
the RD option if you are at a rural address.
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