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New Grafting Chamber

Posted by gardener365 5a (My Page) on
Sat, May 22, 10 at 19:24

I started with flat size and built around that. There's 1" of pea graves, followed with 2" of perlite, then weed fabric.
An inline fan at one end of the corrugated pipe and air circulation is constant. All I need to do is add lightweight poly.

An all day project, and I'm done. Love it.

And, the two-level rack against the back wall holds the exact # of flats that the chamber holds. After the grafts will push, they will be removed from the tent chamber and placed on the rack.

Enjoy,

Dax

18" x 15" x 3.5" sturdy flats. Perfect size for Anderson Tree Band Pots.
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recycled aluminum insulation (layer one)
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insulation sloped so the water will run to the drain
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Layer 2 of insulation
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Heat Mats go on next - insulation is so the heat doesn't ever go to the floor.
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1" pea gravel (drainage)
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2" of perlite - wetted down. Weed fabric is next.
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Perlite is done:
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Yes after watering a lot it does go right to the drain. I can thank my contractor for sloping the greenhouse foundation.
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Weed fabric is on and tacked in place with nails
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Ah yes, I'm getting somewhere
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This photo and the rest all go together. It's the corrugated pipe with the duct fan placed on one end.
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Leave some space so poly can go on and for airflow
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Other end with fan - leaving space again
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All that's left is poly
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Plenty of room
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I'm tired as hell.
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see you succumbed to a hairy chin again Dax :)


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Incredible! Is the drain pipe perforated? Will the poly you are referring to cover the front of the chamber? what material will the shelf above be made from?

I am really impressed with how well thought out your design is!


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Dax, what a well thought out professional job, hostajim


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let me know if you guys are planning a trip ...

is the set up for now.. or for next winter???

can you graft in summer.. or is that what you are going to find out ...

ken


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dax,

i think you are an engineer at heart. great work. when i see all you get done, i feel like a slug.

keith


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Growing up in a contractor's family myself, I have to say I am way impressed Dax. Great job!
Cher


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Super nice. Look forward to seeing it chock full of plants!


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Ken, I'm broke. I need to write to Marshall. I can graft maples and root conifer cuttings in the summer. For conifer grafting in summer a person needs to use a nearing frame that has a tall back wall that faces due south (or pure shade) + tented. Great for cuttings too, year-round.
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Stocked it will be to the tund of 354 grafts. These trays (made in USA! - link below) were 3" shorter than standard trays, and that 3" really made the difference in root to maneuver.

freeflight- the corrugated is not perforated. the bench is already complete, everything's built from 2x4's. Oh I see what you're asking, there is no shelf above the grafting chamber - itself. The poly (I cannot stress how important lightweight is) surrounds the entire tunnel. ON the front is a furring strip that is used to tack the poly to the 2x4 running the bottom edge. I'll include another thread I wrote a while ago:
Here's that thread

Quite amazing, huh folks? I could lay on that and snooze with 70 degrees beneath. It just 'couldn't be more ideal.
Thanks for the compliments, all.

Dax

Here is a link that might be useful: Heavy-Duty Propagation Trays 25 for 85 bucks total spent


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Blue - The beard. I can actually say I'm at the point of getting older. I like a well-groomed beard. I t looks, good on me. This will be the first summer ever, during my entire life, that i'll have grown a beard.

I forgot to mention that. And, aches and pains are forever present........

Dax


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Dax, it looks that you will become a professional grafter in the future.
Your new grafting house looks fantastic anf I hope you will succesfull propagate a lot of conifers in it!

About your beard, did you mention that you're now at the point of getting older?
What's your age, 37 or something like that?
My opinion is that life will start at that age, remember you are now just in the middle of your life so you have at least another 37 years to go ;p)
Good luck!


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Thanks! I feel young again (:0). Yes, many conifers to be grafted in the next 37, hehheh. This winter I must prove myself! : )

Dax


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Looks great, Dax! Inspires me to get my tucas in gear and improve my little house. I actually managed to make about 50 grafts this year. It's so fun to see them finally begin to pop out their new growth.


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I want to keep this thing alive. Plus, grafting time is coming near.

Dax


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I'm glad you kicked it back up - I had forgotten about this. Really looks great, Dax. Makes me want to invest a little more in my little grafting house, but then I've had fine success with the few I graft each of the past few years, so it would be difficult to justify the expense. Have fun this year - when will you get started?


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Nice tour, Dax. I'm glad you revived this thread.

Have you made any modifications or improvements to the chamber over the past two years? Not that it needs improvements or anything, it looks like it was very well thought out. I'm just curious if, after a couple of years, you've got any update or other comments on its performance. Also, I seem to recall seeing in one of your old threads that you would pipe humid air from a humidifier into your chamber - do you still do that?

I'll soon be back in my dinky basement grafting setup but, man I'd really love a greenhouse like that. Problem is, I've got no place to put it on my property. Maybe it's time to consider moving...


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No, it's perfect. If I could re-site my greenhouse, it'd go from it's current position of due south to due north or due east, preferably north. Reason is it heats up to quickly facing south (here in IL). So many sunny days......

Dax


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Sweet setup!
J


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Sorry I missed your post RC. This year I'm finished and my greenhouse is maxed with seeds in Anderson containers. I'm growing primarily oaks. It's been bitter these last two years where I bring 270 good grafts to my shadehouse and during the heat of the summer (100's temps for months) I toss 220 of them and then another 20 later in the year. I'm tired of it.

taxo- thank you sir.

Dax


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Dax, how about grafting conifers comming winter...?


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Nope, I'm taking the year off. I'm growing oaks such as these Bur oak from my native state of Illinois:

Quercus macrocarpa
Quercus macrocarpa Illionois Wabash Valley

Dax


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  • Posted by whaas 5a SE WI (NW) (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 22, 12 at 18:34

Either you have hobbit sized hands or those are some big *** acorns!


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The caps on the larger ones are 3" across. Most acorns are the size of a golf ball, some are larger.

Dax

Quercus macrocarpa 3

Quercus macrocarpa Illinois Wabash Valley

Quercus macrocarpa Illinois Wabash Valley

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Nice!!! Looks like you have all your oak seeds planted up. I can't wait to see them all start growing for you. Will be much easier than grafting. LOL. I'm looking forward to start grafting again this year. Good luck on your new adventure.


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Dax, I have some questions about your huge acorns:) I also like to grow some Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) in my meadow. I'm going to buy seeds online - by Sheffild's Seed Company. They recommend to put acorns into the ground (outdoor) over the winter.

Can you recommended me the same thing? The garden ground is not yet frozen.... But I can see that you put the acorns in pots ... What temperature than is needed and when they germinate?

Ireena


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dax ...

can i ask ...

what the hell are you going to do with that many burr oaks???

lol ...

can you graft robur on them???

ken


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I can use them for other white oaks, Ken. I'm going to take a new path to see how they will sell on Craigslist and Ebay and most-importantly, if they will stay alive thru these insanely hot summers we've been having. I can't keep my conifer grafts alive. It's pointless.

Ireena, in the ground is the best way. Plant (3) per space and select the strongest seedling the following year. Be sure to cage where your trees are so you know where and to keep rabbits and deer from eating them. (3) per hole also may keep squirrels and other animals from removing all per spot.

Ken, I also planted many other oak species, along with: hickory, magnolia, sorbus, pecan, etc- and I am going to plant several of everything on the property that adjoins mine. And, I will plant them all around the valleys here too.

Dax


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"What's your age, 37 or something like that?"

37? That's nothing! You're barely 1 in Sequoia years...


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39 this month. but I age beautifully.

Dax


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