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A Great Way To Start Seeds

By sherrilosee
September 20, 2012

Noticing that the deep plugs many plants are sold in grow vigorously due to their well developed root system, I decided to start seeds in pots modeled after these plugs: long, narrow, tubular containers with good drainage.

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Name: Clint Brown
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clintbrown
Sep 19, 2012 6:12 PM CST
I've been saving brown hydrogen peroxide bottles. I cut the top off and poke holes in the bottom. They are tall too. I think I will get some of these to increase the amount of containers I have!
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plantladylin
Sep 19, 2012 6:54 PM CST
Wow, I agree ... a really great idea ... perfect seed starting containers and that basket is ideal for watering too! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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sherrilosee
Sep 19, 2012 6:59 PM CST
Clint and Lin, glad you enjoyed! Smiling
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 19, 2012 7:14 PM CST
Most excellent tip Sherri! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.

I really like the clear container too so you can see the root system.
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Onewish1
Sep 19, 2012 7:17 PM CST
really neat idea!!!
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virginiarose
Sep 19, 2012 7:28 PM CST
Terrific!! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Green Grin! Thumbs up
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Sep 19, 2012 7:54 PM CST

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Wow! That's amazing, Sherri, and ingenious! Hurray!
Name: Sherri Losee
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sherrilosee
Sep 19, 2012 9:07 PM CST
Thanks all - glad to share! Smiling
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springcolor
Sep 19, 2012 9:34 PM CST
Love it. I was just thinking of what I could use to place coleus cuttings in. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 19, 2012 10:52 PM CST
A most excellent idea! Can you share with us your source for the science tubes, if that's allowed? TIA
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kqcrna
Sep 20, 2012 3:42 AM CST
Very clever.

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Onewish1
Sep 20, 2012 4:00 AM CST
Randy's mom gave me test tubes with a styrofoam holder one year.. like the ones the doctor will use to get your blood work.... I tried them.. to hold over cuttings from NC farms.. when I did a big order... and they all leaked the water out... I can say those are not a good choice.. and they were hard to fill ... so I would assume if I filled them with mix .. they wouldn't be easy to water.. never saw the ones with caps on both ends.. love that!!!
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chelle
Sep 20, 2012 4:19 AM CST
I'd like to try some cuttings in these as well. Thumbs up I could actually see what's happening root-wise.
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kqcrna
Sep 20, 2012 4:32 AM CST
Chelle, a cheap option for being able to see root development is solo cups.

Wintersown tomatoes in 16 oz. Solo cups
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virginiarose
Sep 20, 2012 4:37 AM CST
That is a great idea Karen, How many holes did you put in the bottom ?
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kqcrna
Sep 20, 2012 4:53 AM CST
I guess I poke 2 or 3 good sized holes.

I got this tip from a wintersowing friend. Fill the cup about 1/2 with soil, sow the seeds. As seedlings grow, add soil to the top. Plants end up planted deeper.

But again I've taken this thread astray. Sad

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plantladylin
Sep 20, 2012 7:39 AM CST
I've used the small clear solo cups for rooting plants which works great, but I love those narrow tubes and would love to find some like those Sherri used. I really like using clear containers to be able to view the developing root system.
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Sep 20, 2012 7:57 AM CST
For seeing root development, and terrific root development, there's nothing like rootrainers.
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I like the British ones, made by Haxnicks.
http://www.haxnicks.co.uk/search/Rootrainers/

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Sep 20, 2012 7:59 AM CST
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sherrilosee
Sep 20, 2012 9:19 AM CST
I think it would be OK to share where I got these. They were from American Science and Surplus. Here's the page they are on: http://www.sciplus.com/category.cfm/subsection/7 . They're online, but there is a store nearby and what a FUN store! All kinds of quirky things. The website is fun, too!
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