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Seed Starting Containers: 10+ Ideas for Vegetable Gardening -Quick Tips

Hi YouTubers! I’m AL Gracian from As Winter sets in, we order our seeds and
make plans for the new growing season. Starting seedlings indoors will give you a
great head start, extending your harvest window. A good light source ensures strong vigorous
seedlings. But that’s only half the story. What about the root system? What container options work best for seed
starting? Well, it’s not about finding the BEST one. It’s about finding the one that works for
you. Let’s look at 10 seed starting systems or
container options. Maybe a couple of these will fit your
situation! Are you working on a small scale? These 3 container options are the most
simplistic. Number 1: You could simply buy some Individual
Retail Pots. They’re easy to handle and move around as
needed. Number 2: Reclaimed Nursery Pots. Why buy pots if you can simply re-use ones
from plants you’ve purchased in the past? Are you just starting out with no money in
your budget? Number 3: Reclaimed Food Containers. Whether it’s a yogurt container or a drinking
cup, just add some drainage holes and you’re good to go! Number 4: Hydroponic Net Cups. These come in various sizes and are able to
be used again and again. Start your hydroponic plants under a small
grow light. Then transfer them to their final grow bed. But the open sides allow for easy air-pruning
in soil based planting as well. Number 5: Cow, Peat or Coir Biodegradable
Pots. The idea is that the entire pot can be placed
right into the soil. It’s supposed to break down, allowing roots
to grow through. But your results might vary. Unless I see roots poking through, I prefer
to peel away the pot at planting time. Number 6: Seedling Flats or Cell Pack Trays. Commercial growers like this method because
it’s great for a large volume of seedlings. With a sturdy tray, and lots of open space
you can move around a bunch of plants quickly. But watch out for wet spots that could lead
to damping off. Number 7: Peat Jiffy Pellets. This an all-in-one solution that eliminates
the need for messy potting mix. Once the discs are hydrated, they become an
air-pruning pot that is easy to plant. However, the mesh walls can restrict and interfere
with roots. It’s safest to cut it away before planting. As with peat pots, these pellets are consumable
so you’ll be buying more every year. Number 8: Cone-tainer / Ray Leach Tubes. This is a more pricey investment. Designed for growing tree saplings, cone-tainers
allow you to fit lots of plants into a small space, while accommodating a deep root zone. The top growth can start to get interlocked
though, so I prefer to use these for onions. But anything with a long tap root may be worth
consideration. Number 9: Root Pruning Air-pot Containers. They are used by high end nurseries for growing
large healthy perennials. But this small air-pot container is great
for seedlings. Standard pots cause roots to circle resulting
in a root bound plant. But air-pots train the roots to grow outward. Then they terminate at the holes on the side. This is true air pruning for both the side
AND lower roots. Number 10: Soil Blocker Cubes. They’ll cost you a little bit to get started. But after that, you’ll never need to mess
with pots again. The smallest size cubes let you fit lots of
seedlings in a tiny space. Then the cubes can be upgraded as plants grow. These air prune on the sides. But they’re little blocks of mud -good for
larger outdoor operations. Excellent candidates for watering with a capillary
watering mat. Did I say 10? Here’s a BONUS: Self-watering, Sub-irrigated
Containers. As plants get larger, they can be grown in
their own self-contained water system. You can leave for a week and they’ll still
be healthy when you get back! Many possibilities. Some support large plant sizes. Some are good for tighter plant density. Are you on a budget, or are you looking to
invest? Do you want simple and easy? Or are you trying to avoid consumables? This is just a quick overview. For a more in-depth discussion, visit Check the video description for links as needed. Thanks for watching guys! I appreciate all of your support on my channel. And as always, Happy Gardening!


  1. George Leyton Author

    Excelente video , probando sistemas de contenedores, desde los más baratos a los más caros y reutilizables, saludos desde Punta Arenas Albo

  2. Matt Garver Author

    Very well done, nice timed segments, and A+ writeup in comments. Are the white SWC containers in your video made from those white Chlorox wipe plastic containers? Was wondering where you sourced those from. Also, the outdoor pepper shelter in the beginning of your video really is interesting. What system are those peppers growing in, and do you have another video with more on that setup?

  3. Marco Antonio Toss Author

    Hi, Marco From Brazil work on Hidroponics Arugula here, and I plaining do to some tests in containers. So what is the best light growth for Arugula? The Area will be 10 x 10.

  4. Dave Nooner Author I will be posting some videos on how to make a water purifier for well water or any water source soon. Stops stink/ odor , and kills bacteria.

  5. Dave Nooner Author

    Hey Albert… please check out these videos and share so everyone can have safe drinking water.

  6. Pepper Guru Author

    Good video. Touched on a lot of good points here. We reuse and rebuy every year! It's nice having them all the same size and shape! Only for a few months before plant out, but makes life a lot easier. Subbed!

  7. whitelutik Author

    DIY newspaper pots are also great for bigger plants like sunflowers or clumps of seedlings. Just make a roll out of half a page and fold the bottom, they're surprisingly sturdy and easy to peel away at planting time

  8. Kevin Decoteau Author

    This year I am going to try seedling flats for the first time since my garden will be about 40' by 20', last year was my first time gardening and want to try something new this year.

  9. 3dBoard Gamer Author

    All of your videos have been very helpful and explained things in terms I can understand. I appreciate that you don't try to push product through your channel like other reviewers are.
    I am hoping to start some seedlings of mint, stevia and strawberries in a few months.
    Any recommendations on grow lights for someone on a budget of around $40. I have plenty of scrap wood laying around to make a rack to hold it and I have a clamp light I can borrow for the time being.
    Is there some type of tool I need or an easy way to tell how high to have the light above the plant for optimum light?
    This has always fascinated me but I never made the plunge. I don't want to invest too much in it now as there is a possibility I will have access to a greenhouse next year or I may decide this isn't for me. But I would like to try before I make that determination.

  10. Cheetylicious meow meow Author

    I tried the net cups…they cause to much root damage…
    Those peat pods are a joke…
    The air pots…stupid. Drys soil too much..always watering and root damage.
    Stick with standard it's best. I know…I have grown Everything


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