I read your article about how to plant the desert rose seeds and the use of a heating pad below to keep the temperature between 80 and 85°. My only question was...is it safe to leave a heating pad on unattended at home for eight hours a day? I've had a desert rose that was given to me and have four huge seedpods. I really would like to prepare and buy the materials to get ready and plant the seeds when they open. Can you please advise?
Safety of Using Heating Pad on for Seedlings
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
I have used heating pads for years to help encourage seeds to germinate in my home. I understand your concern, and even now it it is difficult to find a heating pad that stays on; most that they sell now have a built in timer and shut off after a period of time, they also do not get as warm as 'they used too'.
If you want to ensure the temperatures and germination I would suggest you go ahead and buy a seedling heating mat. They are available at most garden centers and greenhouses. They may cost a bit more, but have a temperature regulator on them so you can keep the temperature constant.