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.

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.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

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