Heating Elements for Propogating Cuttings

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I know introducing heat greatly increases the success of rooting cuttings. What type of heating elements do you guys and gals use? I was thinking of using a heating pad like this below my pot: http://www.amazon.com/Sunbeam-756-500-Heating-Pad-UltraHeatTechnology/dp/B00006IV4N/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1382962367&sr=8-2&keywords=heating+pad

I figure the heat provided from a pad like this in addition to a humidity tent will greatly improve my success from 0%. ;)
 

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They make heat mats for propagation. They won't overheat like the one you linked, and they don't have the annoying shutoff circuitry after a certain time like most of these (though, I see according to that link that this specific one doesn't).
 

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You can get a small heating mat for plants for about $30, get one with a thermostat.
 

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Great. Thanks for the info! Which ones do you guys use, if any?
 

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I use something similar... http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Heat-ADKS-500-100-Foot-De-Icing/dp/B0000DGAKL/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1383053019&sr=8-2

But not for propagating...more for root winter protection when temps dive down below 17*C here for some of my plants (esp the newly collected ones).
 

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Thanks the the good information everybody. I will most definitely be purchasing one for the upcoming spring. Is the thermostat an absolute necessity? I'm all about saving a buck when I can. I was thinking I could just leave it on for periods of time with a towel in between the trays and the mat to prevent overheating. From what I've researched, the best temps are between 70-80 degrees F.
 

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Thanks the the good information everybody. I will most definitely be purchasing one for the upcoming spring. Is the thermostat an absolute necessity? I'm all about saving a buck when I can. I was thinking I could just leave it on for periods of time with a towel in between the trays and the mat to prevent overheating. From what I've researched, the best temps are between 70-80 degrees F.
Yes, otherwise it'll be too hot. Gotta have the thermostat.
 

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Yes, otherwise it'll be too hot. Gotta have the thermostat.
In the words of my 4 year old son, "Oh fahts"(farts). :p

I guess I will just splurge a little and get one. I was hoping the towel(s) in between would help drop the temp enough on its own. Thanks.
 
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But the one Bob posted looks like it has a built in thermostat, correct?
 

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Really, spend the extra ten bucks and get the thermostat. Don't go cheap.
 

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