Why Use Misting Cases?
There are great benefits to using a misting case when propagating
many plants. When a cutting is taken from a parent plant, the cutting
immediately begins to loose their natural moisture.
New cuttings are
capable of taking up moisture through their cut stems but often this is
not sufficient to replace the moisture lost through evaporation from the
surface of leaves. By applying moisture, in the form of a fine mist, to
the surrounding air through the technique of misting, the rapid water
loss is halted.
This gives the cuttings more time to establish a root system capable of
supporting the whole plant. And that is the compelling case for using a
There is only one downside to a misting case, cost. The all in one units,
complete with case, misting unit and built in soil warming cables can
cost up to £500 although the average cost for a good example from a
reputable company costs between £300 to £350. These units are very robust
and will last many, many years.
What Type of Misting Case?
The misting case on the left is an excellent example of what is
available as an all-in-one unit. Both the soil heat and the humidity can be controlled
electronically and the staging is aluminium.
In common with many units of this type their are various sizes
available to suit your available space.
Click here if you are interested in this misting and soil
warming unit from our recommended suppliers for this type of
There are two common ways in which the amateur gardener can give plants
the benefit of a misting case. The easiest is an all in one unit
purchased form the local garden centre or online supplier. The second method is buying some
parts separately and constructing your own purpose built unit.
Firstly, the all in one pre-built unit. These come in a variety of sizes
and often incorporate soil warming cables (see the navigation bars above
and below for more details) which provide an ideal, totally controllable
environment for propagation. As a slight diversion (!), these units
provide such a perfect environment for your plants, that where you fail
you can be guaranteed that it is something to do with your methods of
propagation rather than environmental conditions. Beware!
method is to buy the parts yourself and construct them into a unit. This
may seem a cheaper option but when the prices of the individual units are
added up, the all-in-one unit is often cheaper.
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