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

Last updated: 05/14/2021