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7103Re: [AZ] Bob's Cutting Box

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  • Bruce Clyburn
    Feb 1 4:56 AM
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      You might be interested in reading an article that appeared in the Journal of the American Rhododendron Society (JARS) Vol. 48 No.1 Winter 1994 "The Lofthouse Pressurized Propagator". It has many elements that are similar to what you describe below and the article has excellent photos and sketches. Your friend had some special innovative add-ons beyond what John Lofthouse had in his design that could improve the efficiency of such a system even further. Once you enter this realm you are no longer that simple home gardener that needs but a few succesful rooted cuttings to be happy. "You'll be putting roots on broom handles!"
      Bob if this raises your interest and you can't obtain the article, contact me off-line and I'll scan it for you then e-mail.
      Bruce Clyburn
      New Waterford, NS
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      Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 4:18 AM
      Subject: Re: [AZ] Bob's Cutting Box

      I have had a design for a cutting box in my mind for several years.  I heard about it from Walt Wilke, a coworker at Boeing.  Sadly, he died of cancer a number of years ago.  That design has a water tank in the bottom, a light in the top, heavy insulation, and racks to hold trays full of cuttings.  There would be a fan to force air through the cuttings from below.  Heat would come from the light bulbs.  Walt had a similar cutting box that he swore by.  I don't know what happened to it after he was gone.

      I have not started building that box yet.  There is never enough time.


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