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Saturday, April 28, 2012

DIY Apple Carton Seedling Starter

Apple Carton Seedling Starter
Apple Carton Seedling Starter

This empty apple carton looked like it could be a great seedling starter.  Keeping the soil evenly moist is critical in getting seeds to germinate, and as you can see in the photo above, this container traps moisture well.  This is my first time using this type of container, but I have high hopes.

DIY Apple Carton Seedling Starter

  • Empty apple container or similar container.  We got this one from Costco.
  • Permanent Marker
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Water (use a hose with a mister nozzle, a spray bottle, or gently pour water from a cup)
  • Pen and Paper (to track what seeds you planted)
  1. Close the container, and number each dome.  This makes recording what you planted in each dome easier. 
  2. Open the container, and fill each space with soil.  
  3. Then plant your seeds in each pod, and make sure you write down which seeds were planted in each pod.
  4. Then gently water the soil in a way that does not disturb the seeds.  Water until the soil is moist, but not soggy.  
  5. Close the container and place it on a level surface in a shady area.  Then wait!  You should not have to water the plant for several days.  Only water the soil if it looks or feels dry to the touch.

Photo of Empty Apple Carton
Empty Carton

Photo of Empty Apple Carton Converted into Seedling Starter
Planting Seeds in Empty Apple Carton

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