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This slim, all-in-one seed starting unit fits on a windowsill and ensures a steady supply of water for seedlings. Just keep the reservoir filled and the soil will remain perfectly moist. The APS 12 ensures sturdy, healthy transplants that will thrive in your garden. The insulated growing tray and greenhouse cover trap warmth and moisture to speed germination. The capillary matting and reservoir let seedlings help themselves to water as they need it, even if you're away. Seedlings pop right out of the tray for planting, which prevents root damage and transplant shock. We recommend our Germinating Mix. Replacement Parts are also available.
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Great system, but needs replacement parts
from Ipswich, MA
About Me Avid Gardener
Comments about APS 12, Set of 2:
APS 12 is the best method I have seen for starting seedlings on windowsills, and I have recommended the product to others. I have used this system for seed starting on my window sills for many years, but the plastic reservoirs are leaking and I am afraid I won't be able to use them again next year. I bought new ones a few years ago and the plastic on them is particularly thin and did not hold up for more than one year. It would be great if you would carry replacement parts for this system. If using styrofoam, it should be reused as long as possible. The reservoir design with capillary matting and plastic cover are a great invention and I hope you find a way to keep producing this or something equivalent.
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Glad these are not available anymore
Got 2 new ones a few paths ago. Started to atoes 3 weeks ago and they germinated in just one week. Put the 12 cell unit in a south facing window and I one week the bottom tray had melted in the sun! A previous ones did not do his. I can see why they are no longer sold. Customer service did not respond when I sent a photo of the sad sagging tray.
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reuse again and again
from San Diego , Ca.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Good but not like before
I like the APS units in general and have evolved to using the 12-compartment ones for several reasons. They are easy to handle. Seedlings are not as crowded as in the 24- or 40- units. I have some of each size that may be as much as 15 years old, and they have mostly held up.These new ones are a notch below the old ones, though. The black plastic liner is so thin I can see it cracking within a year. Some of the old ones I have did eventually crack and I was able to repair them with caulk. But these new ones act like they will crush and crack in so many places it's almost ridiculous. Maybe the new liner costs less to produce, but I can't imagine it's more than a penny or two, and it will fail much sooner. This isn't good engineering.A more significant shortcoming of all of the APS units is that the wicking pad (and the design of the base) makes it hard to deliver fertilizer uniformly to the seedlings. Since the pad dips into the reservoir only at one end, nutrients wicking up the pad are grabbed by the plants closest to the wicking end. My solution is to use two pads, one draping over each end, but the base doesn't have quite enough clearance to make this easy, so I have to force the components to fit together. It would be easy to redesign the unit and supply two half pads so that fluid could be wicked up from both ends.
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By Larry the golfer
from Caldwell, Idaho
I've owned an aps40 and two aps 12's for several years.I prefer to grow my vegetables from seedsas more varieties are available as opposed to buying plants, not to mention the high cost of plants. The aps 12 sits on my window sils just fine and I add water to the reservoir once a week is all that is required.
More flexibility with APS 12
By Sun Seeker KR
from Seattle, WA
About Me Master Gardener
I have been using APS systems for at least 20 years, and have slowly converted most of my seed germination to the APS12s. With a small garden, I don't need 24-40 of something and it is hard to start different seeds with various germination and growth patterns in one tray. With the APS 12, I can start tomatoes in one, eggplant and peppers later in another, etc. My only negative criticism is that the bottom trays on these systems are too flimsy, especially at the edges.
from Bossier City, LA
The 12 pack set is okay but not as good as the other seed starters. I say this because they are made of styrofoam. Yes, I realize they are sturdier than the thin plastic starters, but they are too high when put on the same shelf as the 24 pack starters. They will do and I'll figure out where to place them next year when I start the seeds for the community gardens in town. Overall, I would recommend this product.
This item works.,as advertised.
from Nokomis, Florida
I start HOT peppers. They are no longer hard to start. Its the best seed starting method I've ever used. I find its easy to use.
I would buy this product again
from Birmingham, AL
About Me Getting Started
This is a good product. I would like to maybe have a smaller set, with 6 maybe but this works well. All my seeds are sprouting. I'll be interested to see how wel they work using them again.
I have several and love them.
By Post Office Pete
from Bellmore, N.Y.
About Me Professional Landscaper
I use this to start most of my seeds that require indoor germination and to be transplanted outdoors in late spring. This item fits in my windows which get a sun all day. It perfect for starting anything from lettuce to tomatoes.
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