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Burpee Ultimate Seed Starting System


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  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • ASIN: B000MX5P8C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,172 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

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Customer Reviews

Buy a hydration mat and just put your seedlings on that, and cover the tray in plastic wrap.
L. Block
After pulling them out, it didn't seem as though the root system was well established at all (compared to vermiculite rooting).
Christian F. Vanderbeck
They rapidly got too tall for the clear plastic lid, and yet the non-germinated seeds still needed the lid.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Overthinker on May 4, 2007
Used this seed starter this year and got nearly 100% germination rates. The self watering system is really nice and makes it easy to avoid the seedlings drying out.
Update 2010 --
I now have two of these. The self watering mats are holding up great. The design keeps seeds watered for up to a week (great for spring vacation).
The only con is that the enclosed plastic dome is not very high. A couple of day old tomato pushes up against the top. I have used it to start countless vegetables and flowers all with really good germination rates (Burpee, Park, Diane's, and of course home collected seeds).

I keep them in inexpensive plastic storage containers (since the enclosed plastic tub is pretty flimsy) makes them easy to take in and out. I have also switched to standard Miracle Gro seed starting mix. The mix is much cheaper and easier to get than the grow cubes and germination rates and times have not changed.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Christian F. Vanderbeck on May 20, 2009
I was so excited when i brought this home and was in love until it was time to take the first plant out.
The germination rates were great, the watering system worked flawlessly...
but the plants are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to remove without making a gigantic mess and killing most of them.
On the off chance that i could get the entire ball out pushing from the bottom, the 'dirt' completely crumbles away from the roots and leaves a very sad little plant behind - all of which, even with very careful planting, died promptly.
After pulling them out, it didn't seem as though the root system was well established at all (compared to vermiculite rooting).
I gave this product a 2 because the self watering is wonderful, and I'm trying to set up a home system to water larger trays of vermiculite starters.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Theresa on March 12, 2010
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All my seeds sprouted and I have successfully transplanted all of them to larger peat pots. I noticed that plants are easiest to remove from this system if the soil is nice and moist (helps keep the soil together). I used the flat side of a pen to pop the little plants out from the bottom opening and used a spoon to help move them into the larger peat pots. Out of the 72 plants 71 look perfect; I did end up accidentally bending one little plant but I still have hope for it. Good luck and happy gardening!

PS: I really like the low maintenance watering system.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C on September 9, 2008
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At first, the quality threw me off. Once I set it up, I realized that it doesn't matter that some of the materials are cheap. This system works well and even comes with the dirt in each section. All you do is set it up and add water, then the soil pellets turn to soil in seconds. No need to water anything by hand- you just add water once.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cynesige VINE VOICE on February 8, 2010
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I'm surprised at how negative some of the reviews below are on this product. I used it for the 2009 growing season, and found it to be easy and successful. I started 144 plants in two of these, and over 90 % of them germinated and were eventually transplanted into 3" pots. As a result, I'm using this system again for all my plants in the 2010 season.

The materials are not high-quality, so it's best viewed as a one-season, disposable tool, though in theory you might be able to squeeze a second season out of it. The flimsiness of the materials is actually an advantage, in making the plants easy to pop out when you're ready to move them up to 3" or 4" pots. One nice feature of this system is the growing medium - the little pellets onto which you pour water; they expand to fill each of the 72 cells. This medium is inert and will greatly minimize the odds of the seedlings getting viruses and rot and such, compared to using potting soil or other organic medium.

I use the Burpee system with a heating mat and a lamp, and the results have been very satisfactory. However, it's important to point out that you cannot use their "automatic watering" system and a heating mat at the same time. Their "system" elevates the cells around 3" above the tray. What you really want is the cells sitting right on top of the heating mat, if you're using one. No big deal - the dome keeps the humidity level very high and it was weeks before I needed to add any water at all.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J.K on April 27, 2009
Bought two of these systems for a large garden project. Quality of product is NOT cheap - the plastic growing cells are meant to be "flimsy" - so that young plants are easily removed for planting. Entire unit is reuseable, but you will need to buy the soil pellets again. Plants just slide right out without root damage or special/careful effort. The dome is excellent, allowing for humidity control and air circulation at the same time (because the dome does not have a tight fit over the seedling tray; a good design). Keep an eye on the water levels in the tray as the weather warms, and be sure to plant seeds with the same germination rate in the same dome. Also, if you move the trays outdoors while still under the dome, place a couple of rubber bands over the domes to keep the wind and/or rain from removing them. Compared to plants grown the "old fashioned" way (in recycled plastic containers), plants grown in this system truly are ultimate - they are larger, stronger, and healthier, and suffered no apparent transplant shock.

UPDATE: JAN 2012 - Still using my original two systems, still in top working condition. Plastic holds up very well over time. Systems are now used in a small greenhouse frame in the middle of winter to grow broccoli sprouts to add to salads - works great! The trays show little fading from being outside, but plastic has not degraded.
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