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Egmont Plant Heat Pad
What does it do?
There are 3 reasons you might want a heat mat. Maybe you want it for germination for seeds, or to speed up root growth for cuttings, or to help our tropics-loving plants survive winter. Hey, all 3 is all good. This heat pad ticks all the boxes. Here's how increasing heat helps nurture our precious plants...
Heat = growth! Well, it's not quite that basic. But the closer you can get seeds and cuttings to their ideal temp, the faster they germinate and grow those precious roots. Different plants have different ranges, but most like a toasty 20 to 30 degrees to germinate. Some won't germinate at all if temperatures are too low, some just slow way down. Once they've got those roots underway, around 10 degrees cooler (an average of 20 degrees or so), and you've found their happy place.
For a typical NZ winter indoors, getting the temp up about 10 degrees higher than the ambient temperature, is an average 'sweet spot' (and the range most heat mats aim for too).
It's not just the babies that love the heat. Over winter, our tropics-loving plants can suffer. Use a heat mat to keep them at an ideal temperature to help them not just survive, but thrive through winter. Warmer air also holds more water, ideal for humidity lovers. If you find your plant humidifier doesn't seem to be meeting your plants needs in winter like it did in summer, heat is the likely culprit. Cold air holds less of that precious water vapor.
Made in NZ, for NZ
Made in NZ with NZ plug and NZ voltage for safety. Designed to create ideal conditions for indoor plants over winter based on the NZ climate. NZ warranty too.
The Egmont Heat Mat is crazy cheap to run at just 12 watts. Much kinder on the wallet than many higher-wattage models with higher running costs (if you're like me, I didn't even know to compare that).
Very popular in winter with the house-plant obsessed (that's me!), so we can keep chopping and propping all year-round. Just pop your seedling tray or grow house on top (like the Small Grow House or Medium Grow House from Elho).
If using with a grow house, you can also get yourself a nifty little digital thermometer to pop inside, as it's a good idea to monitor the temperature and adjust the vent on your grow house so it's toasty, but not too toasty!
Ideal size, and so thin!
This chap measures a smidge under 290mm x 290mm (29cm x 29cms, slightly over 11" x 11" square). He's the extra thin model too, at just 5mm. Plus a gorgeous shade of royal blue.
I find this rigid style of plastic plant heat mat gives plants a more secure platform compared to some soft rolled mat-style pads. The wee feet underneath and ridged design lifts your mat off the surface slightly for improved air flow which helps avoid overheating. It also lifts it clear of accidental spills. Including his little feet, he comes up 10mm off the surface.
The temperature is raised 10 to 20 degrees over room temperature (exact temperatures vary a lot based on the environment). I find mine averages about a 10 degree lift, sometimes more, but I do use mine in quite an open environment so there's not much keeping the heat focused. Think warm, not hot. If you have a grow house or similar on top it'll retain more heat around your plants (since heat rises, so a dome or cover keeps more of that precious heat in).
How to use it (plus tips from my place)
It's pretty much plug and go. Nothing complicated to it. But a few tips from my place to help...
You can pop a thin towel or similar between your heat mat and grow house to absorb water and condensation if you're finding things getting a bit wet, but same with all heat mats, never fully cover all of it (the heat has to be able to dissipate into the air).
Although it is plastic, so it's more water resistant than other types of heat pads, you should still avoid water in direct contact with it (there is a plug and electrics in there after all). Wipe clean if you do have a spill. Don't water plants while on the pad. Definitely never submerge it in water (doh). Electricity and water do not mix.
My one doesn't sit perfectly even, so I use mine with a bit of thin padding underneath (I use a cut-off from an old thin yoga mat), to make up for any uneven surfaces and add a bit extra non-slip action. You could get those non-slip drawer liners - the same stuff you put under floor mats on wooden floors - which would do the job (probably better than my solution). I've got those before from Spotlight and Mitre 10.
Being rigid plastic, it's super easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. No chemicals needed. If you've spilled something and left it too long, or have water marks, a mix of water and white vinegar works wonder on a damp cloth.
Fast, Flat Rate Shipping
Flat rate shipping is $5.50 nationwide (or $9.50 for rural). Add as many products to your order as you like without paying anything extra for shipping.
Or for $2 you can also upgrade to signature required. Worth it for anything valuable or limited edition that can't be replaced. Choosing signature required also gives both of us the ability to claim if anything goes wrong with the courier. Signature required is flat rate $7.50 nationwide (or $12.50 for rural).
Everything showing in stock on my site is in stock here, in Auckland NZ, right now, ready to ship today or on the next working day. No drop shipping. No delays. I ship every day, Monday to Friday (plants ship Mondays and Tuesdays). For everything else, order by 8pm Sunday to Thursday, your order's likely to be on the courier at 8am the very next morning, Zoom zoom!
Shipping and Delivery
FLAT RATE SHIPPING
Flat rate shipping is $5.50 nationwide (or $9.50 for rural). Add as many products to your order as you like without paying anything extra for shipping. The only exceptions are plants and fragile or oversize products (like handmade pottery and coffee table books), which have their own rates.
For $2 you can upgrade to signature required. Well worth it for anything valuable or limited edition that can't be replaced. Choosing signature required also gives both of us the ability to claim if anything goes wrong with the courier. Signature required is flat rate $7.50 nationwide (or $12.50 for rural).
IN STOCK, READY TO SHIP
Everything showing in stock online, is in stock right here, right now, in Auckland NZ, ready to pack and ship. No drop shipping from other countries. No delays.
SHIPPING EVERY DAY
Orders ship every week-day, Monday to Friday (except plants which only ship Mondays and Tuesdays). For everything else, if you order by 8pm Sunday through Thursday, your order's likely to be on the courier at 8am first thing, the next morning. Zoom zoom!
Normal delivery is 1 to 2 working days. Some regions can take longer, up to 4 working days, depending on where you're based.
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