Seed-Starting Buying Guide

Find the perfect pots and kits to ensure success

Galvanized seed starting systemHandsome and smart: our exclusive Galvanized Seed Starting Tray has tapered, bottomless pots that provide excellent drainage and let you remove seedlings with minimal root disturbance.

Whether you're new to starting seeds or looking for fresh ways to grow your healthiest plants, we have supplies and systems that ensure success. With so many choices, how do you decide which is right for you? We're here to help.

Factors to Consider

Although you can start seeds in just about any container as long as it has holes for drainage, as with any task you're more likely to have better success using equipement designed specially for that purpose. And if you're new to seed-starting or introducing a friend to growing from seed, why not start with the systems that ensure success? Here are some considerations to help you choose.

  • Reusable pots and trays are made from durable materials that can be washed, sanitized, and reused year after year.
  • Plantable pots are made from biodegradable materials so the seedlings can be set in the garden pot and all, eliminating root disturbance. Cleanup is easy, and there are no bulky pots to store.
  • DIY pots includes those made from recycled materials, such as newspapers, as well as pot-free soil blocks.
  • Deep-root pots encourage more extensive and robust root systems that help plants make an easy transition to the garden.
  • Self-watering systems deliver water to seedlings as they need it, reducing the risk of over- or under-watering.
  • High volume systems allow you to grow a garden's worth of seedlings in a compact space.
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GrowEase Seed Starter: Durable, Reusable, Self-Watering

GrowEase Seed Starter

This heavy-duty, recycled-plastic seed starter includes an efficient and effecitve self-watering system that solves the challenges of over- or under-watering. Simply fill the reservoir and plants get the water they need, when they need it.

  • Capilary mat delivers water from reservoir to soil
  • Dishwasher-safe for easy sterilization between uses
  • Clear cover holds in heat and moisture to maximize seed germination


Paper Pots Seed Starter Set: Earth-Friendly Paper Cells

Paper Pots Seed Starter Set

Expandable paper honeycomb creates a whopping 50 cells. When you're ready to transplant into the garden, pots tear apart so you can plant them, paper liner and all.

  • Plantable pots are biodegradable and minimize transplant shock
  • Ideal for high-volume growing
  • Reusable perforated tray; paper cell refills available


Paper Pot Maker: Make an Endless Supply of Plantable Pots

Paper Pot Maker

The ultimate in upcycling! In seconds you can transform strips of newspaper into seed-starting pots, ready to nestle into a waterproof tray and fill with soil mix. Easy, fun, and economical for high-volume growing.

  • Biodegradable pots minimize transplant shock
  • Make as few or as many as you need
  • Eliminates the clutter and storage hassles of plastic pots


Soil Blocker: Make Perfectly Sized "Pots" with No Waste

Soil Blocker

Never run out of starter pots again! This clever device presses moistened soil into compact blocks with a small divot in the top, ready for dropping in a seed. Roots grow freely, get oxygenated, and grow more robustly as a result.

  • Make blocks as you need them — no need to store plastic pots
  • An easy, no-waste, DIY solution that's perfect for high-volume growing
  • Minimizes transplant shock.


Galvanized Seed Starter: Stylish Design and Smart Features

Galvanized Seed Starter

An attractive seed starter worthy of display on a tabletop or under lights. The leakproof tray holds 24 individual, tapered cells, so you can bring the ready-to-transplant seedlings to the garden without disturbing the other plants.

  • Longlasting and resuable, year after year
  • Chic galvanized metal complements home decor
  • Seedlings remove easily with little root disturbance


Deep Root Seed Starter: Grow Bigger, Healthier Plants

Deep Root Seed Starter

This self-watering system features deep growing cells that result in more root mass — the secret to vigorous seedlings that thrive when transplanted. The smart design is inspired by the systems used in European horticulture laboratories.

  • Heavy-duty system can be reused for many years
  • Self-watering system ensures proper hydration
  • Ideal for large, fast-growing seedlings, such as tomatoes


Rootrainer™: Hinged Cells Make Transplanting a Breeze

Rootrainer Seed Starter

Each cell's internal grooves encourage roots to grow downward, and they also discourage spiraling which can cause stunted growth. When it's time to transplant, the hinged cells open to allow easy access to root balls, eliminating the need to wrestle plants from their pots.

  • Sides open to ensure miminal root disturbance
  • Deep, grooved cells ensure transplant-ready seedlings
  • Includes humidity dome to aid germination


Pop-Out Pots: Seedlings Grow 40% Larger with No Transplant Shock

Pop-Out Pots

Pop-Out Pots are the secret to seedlings that are primed for robust growth in the garden. Transplant young seedlings from seed starting trays into these self-watering pots. When it’s time to set plants in the garden, simply lift the fabric strips to “pop out” plants without disturbing roots.

  • Self-watering system ensures perfect hydration
  • Easy-lift line minimizes root disturbance
  • Compact design fits on a windowsill


Self-Watering Galvanized Seed Starting Tray: Galvanized Individual-Cell Seed Tray Has Self-Watering Convenience

Self-Watering Galvanized Seed Starting Tray

We designed this system for season after season of successful seed-starting. The leak proof tray holds 24 individual cells, so you can bring the ready-to-transplant seedlings to the garden without disturbing seedlings that aren't quite big enough.

  • Enjoy seed-starting success year after year
  • Tapered pots let you easily remove seedlings
  • Wire grid with moisture-retaining mat keeps seedlings hydrated


Sili Seedlings Seedling Tray, 6-Cell: Eco-Friendly, Silicone Seed-Starting System is Reusable

Sili Seedlings Seedling Tray, 6-Cell

These sustainable silicone seed-starting trays are durable, reusable, and easy on tender young roots. Because they're so flexible, you can pop seedlings out with ease — no tugging or tearing required. Fun for young gardeners too!

  • Pop seedlings out quickly and easily
  • BPA-free, food-grade silicone
  • Dishwasher safe


Sili Seedlings Seedling Tray, 10-Cell: Silicone Seed-Starting Trays Are Dishwasher Safe

Sili Seedlings Seedling Tray, 10-Cell

These silicone trays make seed-starting so much more fun! Like other systems they have base drainage so that soil doesn't stay soggy and rot your seeds. Unlike plastic trays, they won't snap, crack, or break from use. Plus, they're flexible and twistable — so when seedlings are big enough to go out to the garden, it's super easy to pop them out. Use 5 to a base tray and you have 50 plants in a 10" x 20" space!

  • Durable and flexible
  • Reduces risk of transplant shock
  • 5 trays fit perfectly in our Heavy Duty 1020 planting tray


Coco Coir Seed Starting Discs and Tray: No-Mess Seed-Starting System with 50 Plantable Coir Discs

Coco Coir Seed Starting Discs and Tray

You'll love this reusable, no-mess seed-starting system. Just hydrate the 50 individual coir discs in their cells, add your seeds, and wait for the little shoots to appear! Water as needed until they're ready to transplant into the garden, coir and all! Replacement coir discs available separately.

  • No soil to mix or scoop
  • Eliminates transplant shock
  • Start a lot of seeds in a small space

Last updated: 12/08/2022