Recycled Seedling Container Ideas

At your garden center they often have discarded flower trays and pots that are free for the asking.These trays are great for seed starting for all season long plantings. They have sections that are perfect for keeping them separate, without extra cost.


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I find that egg cartons and pudding snack containers do not provide enough space for proper root formation of indoor seedlings. I make my own containers with no more than pages from an old phone book and masking tape.

Paper seedling pots

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If you have access to phone books, the pages are the perfect size for seedling pots. Without any cutting, and depending the size of your form and how the page is folded, you can make pots in a variety of sizes.

Seedling Pots From Phone Book Pages

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For many planting zones, it is close to time to start your seedlings indoors. Be creative-you don't need the expensive jiffy pots. I like to use the cardboard egg cartons, and cut down used Styrofoam cups.

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I had so much fun with this one rainy day late in March! I found that the plastic helps retain moisture better than my plantable pots. You can use this project to help kids learn about the value of recycling and creating something from nothing.

Up-cycled Seedling Pots - planted yogurt cups

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I have been using ice cream tubs as window sill propagators I have larger ones but these work OK for a small number of seeds. I also use lollipop sticks to label my plants with.

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My little gardeners call these "banana pots." Cut the top off a 2-liter bottle and toss or save for another project. Punch 2-3 small holes in the bottom for drainage. Make four vertical cuts to splay the bottle.

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December 27, 2016

A great way to recycle toilet paper tubes is to use them as containers to start vegetable and flower seeds for garden plants. This is a page about toilet paper tube seedling pots.

Toilet Paper Tube Seedling Pots

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March 17, 2017

Toilet paper rolls and paper take out food drink trays make excellent containers for starting your seeds. This page explains using recycled cardboard for starting seeds.

Recycle Cardboard for Starting Seeds

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March 15, 2017

Many plastic containers work quite well for starting your seeds prior to spring planting. This is a page about reuse plastic containers for seedlings.

Reuse Plastic Containers for Seedlings

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May 31, 2020

Although they are fast becoming a thing of the past phone books are still distributed in many areas. Their pages can be formed into very good seedling pots. There are several tips on making these paper pots found below.

A seedling pot made from phone book pages.

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When I am starting to grow plants indoors, I drill a couple of holes in an empty yogurt or juicy juice container and use them as the pots.

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