Have you ever had your seed starting soil grow algae or moss? I have, and I hope this will be the solution.
You’re familiar with seed-starting trays, no doubt. You have a big plastic bin that holds water and you have a tray of planting cells. You place the planting cells into the reservoir and fill it with water.
Or, if you aren’t too concerned with disturbing the seeds you might even water them from the top, allowing the reservoir to simply catch the excess that weeps through the soil.
Either way one inevitable outcome happens to nearly everyone who doesn’t keep an immensely watchful eye on the moisture of the soil: The soil stays too wet and algae or moss begins to grow on the surface of the soil.
And that is exactly how this seed starting kit, the GrowEase from Gardeners.com, is different. The soil sits above the water and the water is wicked up to the soil. If the soil is moist enough then the capillary action will not take place and the water will stay down in the reservoir.
How does that work? Well, there is a special capillary mat that does the wicking. The system goes together like this: The is still a reservoir for the water, but there is also a platform that sits in the water. The capillary mat sits on top of it and one edge dips down into the water. This mat wicks the water up and keeps the mat moist.
Then on top of the mat are the planting cells, sufficiently packed with soil, soak up the moisture in the capillary mat. This keeps the soil moist, but not drenched like more poorly designed seed starting kits.
Then, if you choose, there is still a clear dome that can go on top and help germinate the seeds more quickly.
There is one more benefit behind this kit, the quality of the craftsmanship. It is durable. It is made with much thicker plastic that is even dishwasher safe. The capillary mat is also thick and sturdy and appears to be up for many seasons of use.
Our seedlings are already sprouting and there isn’t even a hint of algae or moss. So far I am extremely satisfied with this tray and recommend you give the GrowEase Seed Starting Kit a try as well!
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