Propagation Advice

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There is simply nothing more satisfying or rewarding than growing your plants from seeds or cuttings.

Just a few simple steps can turn a small packet of seeds into beautiful blooms or a delicious harvest of vegetables.

Where to Grow

Propagation Tips - Vitopod Heated Propagator

Seeds vary greatly in size, so the vessel into which you sow them needs to vary accordingly. Most small seeds are best sown into seed trays and larger seeds such as melons or peas are better sown into small pots. Once planted, place the seed trays and pots in a propagator to protect them form draughts and to trap the moist warm air that will help the seeds to germinate. 

Investing in an electric heated propagator will help you to get seeds off to a head start and will increase germination succcess rates. Our award winning Vitopod electric propagator offers more control than any other propagator and delivers even heat throughout the base. This means that the compost doesn't dry out unevenly and there are no hot spots or cold spots leaving some seeds cold and others over-cooked. 

If you take cuttings, they can they can be grown in pots of gritty compost. If you wish to really improve your success rate give our Hydropod Cuttings Propagator a try. This professional cuttings propagator produces healthy, transplant-ready cuttings in just 10-14 days.

Seed Propagation Guide



Make shallow furrows in the compost for each row of seeds you are sowing.

Water the compost until it is moist but not saturated. 

If the seeds are small, mix with a little sharp sand. This will help you to see where you have sown them.

If the seeds are small put a few at a time in your hand and place them at intervals along the row.

The fewer seeds you sow the fewer you will have to remove later, however you will need to sow more than is needed because some seeds may not germinate.

Cover the seeds with finely sieved compost to the same depth as the length of your seeds e.g. if your seeds are 1mm diameter, cover with 1 – 1.5mm of sieved compost.

Place in a Propagator and if you are using a heated electric propagator set an appropriate temperature. Most vegetable seeds require a temperature of 15-22˚C, refer to your seed packets for precise instructions. 

Caring For

Approximately two weeks after the seeds have all emerged remove the weaker looking plants so that there is space between each seedling for it to grow.

In weeks three to six you might need to remove a few more of the young plants to give the strongest ones more growing space. Once the plants are large enough, typically when they have two seed leaves and two true leaves, they can be potted on into 3“ pots of compost.

Softwood Cuttings

Grow more plants for free by taking cuttings from late March to August.

What cuttings to take and when

Softwood cuttings are taken from spring to early summer. These cuttings are taken from the soft new growth that has developed that season. These types of cuttings are usually taken from deciduous shrubs such as Fuchsia and Hydrangeas, Roses and hardy or tender perennials. Read out guide on How to Grow Plants from Cuttings for more hints and tips.

Our Vitopod Heated Propagator

Vitopod Heated PropagatorOur Vitopod heated propagator is thermostatically controlled. When the temperature inside the heated propagator drops below the set temperature the base heats up therefore keeping the temperature inside the Vitopod at a constant temperature.

The heating elements in our Vitopod heated propagator are grouped very close together completely covering the Vitopod base meaning there are no hot spots or cold spots so there is no need to use sand to even out the temperature. See your seed packet for guidance as all seeds are different.

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If you would like more information on propagation or simply have a question you would love answering, our Gardening Angels can help.

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