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Starting Seed Indoors: Seed Starting Equipment

Jill Jesiolowski Cebenko discusses starting seed indoors and what type of seed starting equipment you will need for the job.

| December 2001/January 2002

Learn about the basic seed starting equipment you'll need when starting seed indoors for early blooms and cropping.

Planting Seed Indoors: Seed Starting Equipment

Seed-starting mix — Because young seedlings are prone to damping off diseases (see below), you'll get better results if you start your seeds in a commercial seed-starting mix. (Regular potting mix or garden soil usually won't work as well.)

Cell packs — These are small plastic containers that have "cells" about 3 inches deep with drainage holes in the bottom. Some may have six cells, while others have only three or four. You can buy new cell packs, recycle used ones, or use yogurt cups or other containers (add plenty of drainage holes).

Labels — Recycled, lead-free miniblinds or cut-up yogurt cups make great labels.



Plastic trays — Also called flats, trays without drain holes are the best way to corral a bunch of cell packs. Water them efficiently by pouring water into the tray. (If you water the cellpacks from the top you may disturb small seeds.) Drain off any excess water after the containers have absorbed all they can.

Plastic cover — Plastic wrap or the special clear plastic covers sold with plastic trays will help keep seeds moist so they'll sprout. Remove the covers as soon as the seedlings are up.






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