Burpee Ultimate Growing System

gltrap54January 4, 2012

Anyone have any experience using this seed starting "system". I've used it in the past and it does make watering a bit easier, but the transplants are often difficult to remove from the cheap cells........

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jimfnc(7aNC)

I've used it for several seasons for a church garden - 40 tomatos, 40 peppers, 20 eggplant.
I keep fluorescents just above the leaves (one daylight, one regular). And use some 100 watt bare bulbs for heat.
Found a tiny salad fork that fits in the tray to pop out the plants, plus a wooden dowel to push from below. Found they come out better if add water from top (i use a turkey baster)to make more moist to dig out. I get 100 percent germinate and rarely get mold or damping. Ceiling fan keeps are moving in the room. For a non-pro it works for me. Had trouble finding the spaghnum pellets to refill & just buy the bricks. Before the plants get root bound in the tiny cells, transplant to 3 inch pots.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 12:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sconticut(6b)

I have been using these Burpee kits since they came out with them with very good success.Some of the pellets fail to completely dissolve on occasion. They need a bit of persuasion with a sharp instrument. I use a lobster pick to lift out seedlings. It has a narrow little fork on one end and an elongated narrow spoon of the other. Work slick as a whistle. Find them with the kitchen supplies. The starter cells are very cheaply made and care must be taken in their handling if you wish to use them for more than one year.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2012 at 2:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
t-bird(Chicago 5/6)

I have a different system, but with the super tiny little cells. I use a very small teaspoon to get them out. Also - I've found it better to transplant earlier before too many roots are up. If it's 1/2"x1/2" cells they're not meant to stay long....

    Bookmark   January 18, 2012 at 8:12AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Nasturtium from seed
hi, i'm currently planting some nasturtium seeds (about...
rosche
looking for nifty ideas for cross ventilation
I need a very basic solution to providing some cross...
njitgrad
New to starting tomatoes and pepper from seed. Tweak my plan!
After finding out that buying the amount of plants...
asm198 - Zone 6a (MO)
Paper Seed Starting Boxes (Tapesless - of course! It's origami :)
I'm having so much fun making these boxes for seed...
phylis
mail order seeds
I purchased from Gurney Seed and Territorial Seed Co...
leanne47
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™