Buying a Seed Starting Tray: 5 Things to Look For

Posted on Mar 14 2012 - 1:25am by Mike Lieberman

You want to start your seeds…

…but you aren’t into the diy seed starting projects.

It’s all good and I understand.

If you want to buy a seed starting tray, but not sure what to look for, then read this.

I want to help you to get a quality seed starting tray and provide you with the information that will help you to buy one.

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5 things to look for in a quality seed tray

  • Good Drainage

Make sure your seedling tray has good drainage so your seeds don’t rot. There should be holes at the bottom of each cell.

  • The Substrate

The soil or plugs should have good water retention qualities and be porous for vigorous root growth.

  • Easy Transplanting

You should be able to easily stick your finger under the seedling cell and pop up the seedling when you are ready to transplant.

  • Convenient Transporting

A seed kit that comes with a sturdy bottom tray makes it easy to move your seeds from place to place. 

  • Reusable

A reusable seed starter is always best for you pocket book and the environment!

This list is courtesy of The Greenhouse Catalog. Check out their selection of seed starting supplies.

Win a seed starting tray

If you are reading this post before 11:59pm EST on March 15, 2012, you can win a Smart Float Seed Tray from the Greenhouse Catalog by clicking here.

Your turn

Are you starting your garden in a seed starting tray? Let me know in the comments below.

  • Loatc

    If I win the Smart Float Seed Tray from the Greenhouse Catalog, I plan on starting the following seeds: cilantro, peppers, pumpkin, watermelon, sunflowers and sweet peas and a few of the seeds included using the plugs. But most importantly I want to plant some Poppy Seeds in remembrance of my dad, a military honored veteran, whom recently passed away. I brought the seeds last week and some seed starter soil as well as have a clay pot which my daughter painted in honor of her grandfather which turned out beautiful. We miss him dearly. I just have to get around to actually sowing the seeds. Perhaps winning the Smart Float Tray will make it easier.

  • Mike Lieberman

    That would be a great rememberance. Did you leave your comment on the contest post?