Seeds forum: Good seed tray

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 28, 2013 8:48 AM CST

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The begonias that I sowed in vermiculite are a bust. Dragon wings seem to have just disappeared. Boliviensis is there, and green, but really not growing. With a magnifying glass, I can see that some have one true leaf, but I still can't see them without a magnifier. I won't do that again (i.e. use vermiculite for such tiny, slow growing seeds).

The echinacea have done well. I started Warm Summer first (in January), then Cheyenne Spirit and Pow Wow Wild berry a week later. The differences in the cultivars is apparent. Cheyenne Spirit are the biggest, healthiest looking, thriving seedlings. PWWB look good too. But a few Warm Summer croaked, (none of the other 2 cultivard died) and the remaining ones just don't look as big and healthy. A few of those are downright puny.



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Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 28, 2013 9:16 AM CST
Oh, those look good! Where'd you get the cool pink tray? Smiling
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 28, 2013 10:01 AM CST

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Gardener's Supply, and I really like it. Big cells, very sturdy, should last a long time. The walls are very slippery, feels like Teflon, seedlings pop right out. And they're bottomless, so I've been constantly bottom watering with capillary matting.

http://www.gardeners.com/Seedstarting-Trays/35-696RS,default...

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 28, 2013 10:22 AM CST
RATS!! They show the pink ones as no longer available. Angry
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Mar 28, 2013 1:17 PM CST
>> And they're bottomless, so I've been constantly bottom watering with capillary matting.

Gee, doesn't the mix fall out if you lift or move the tray?

I found that fuzzy cotton flannel seems to bottom-water pretty-OK even through relatively small holes in a 128-cell plug tray (8 cells x 16 row).

"Trays are 13-7/8" L x 8-1/2" W "

Hmm! They wouldn't fit neatly into a 1020 tray.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 28, 2013 2:14 PM CST
And speaking of 1020 trays, does anyone else have problems with tiny holes developing in them? So that they leak all over the place when you try to bottom water? I bought a can of that spray sealant that they're always advertising on TV and it works great for plugging those bitty holes.
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 28, 2013 3:48 PM CST

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"Gee, doesn't the mix fall out if you lift or move the tray?" no, it doesn't. In fact, you have to lift them occasionally, because the roots grow into the capillary matting. I really like them.

Karen
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Mar 28, 2013 5:19 PM CST
Thanks, Karen. The "very sturdy" part sounds especially good.

I found a local source (Steuber's Distributing) of plug trays (propagation trays) that seem a little thicker then ones I bought online. And those online plug trays are MUCH sturdier than flimsy "inserts" like 6-packs.

Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Mar 28, 2013 5:34 PM CST

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I like that those are dishwasher safe!!!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Mar 28, 2013 6:01 PM CST

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They are really, really sturdy. I think they'll last for years. They were on sale, so cheaper, when I bought them. I only bought two of the 15 cell trays. Each cell is nice and big.

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Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Mar 29, 2013 5:15 AM CST

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yeah new thread!!.. thought this one was worth posting alone.. looks really nice!!
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 29, 2013 8:34 AM CST
Good call, Allison! Those trays do look nice. Too bad they discontinued the pink ones, tho. Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
Echinacea Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder
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kqcrna
May 22, 2013 6:33 PM CST

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Final update on these trays.

They performed beautifully. The seedlings did well and were mostly well rooted (except Warm Summer Echinacea, which seems more a reflection on the type of plant than the trays.). The petunia seedlings did exceptionally well, and roots were amazing. Very easy to pop out of the cells. Afterward, I just squirted them with a hose and they then looked clean. They really feel like teflon, they're so smooth. I expect these to last for many years. Recommended.

Karen
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
May 22, 2013 7:25 PM CST

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awesome!!!
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5a)
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mom2goldens
May 30, 2013 6:57 PM CST

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I think I need some of these. Karen--you are an enabler..... Hilarious!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
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kqcrna
May 31, 2013 5:08 AM CST

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Green Grin!

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