Seed Starting Kits

It's never been easier to propagate seeds indoors. Seed starting kits put together everything you need to get growing. These germination kits are sure to make your seed starting a success.

Seed Starting Kit with Grow Light

It's all here -- your pre-season essentials for successfully starting your garden indoors.

This Compact Tabletop Garden Starter® Grow Light Kit provides just what you need to get your garden off to a good start.

Lightweight light fixture holds 2 T5 fluorescent tubes, giving your seedlings the bright light intensity they need to grow strong.

Kit includes:

  • 2 24-cell trays with humidity domes
  • water-tight tray
  • 24 wooden seedling markers
  • 6-qts organic seed starting mix
  • 24-hour timer for setting lights on/off

Seed Starting Success Tips

Most seeds germinate at 70°F/21°C. Keep them warm for successful germination with a seedling heat mat.

Give your seedlings sufficient light for strong, healthy growth. Seeds that are given warmth from a heat mat may become leggy seedlings if they don't get enough light.

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Choose the Right Seed Starting Mix

Successful germination depends on good-quality seed starting soil. Actually, you don't want to use soil at all (it's too compact). Seed starting medium needs to be free-draining and disease-free, so do not use garden soil. And leave that miracle mix on the shelf because all that built-in fertilizer is overkill to seedlings.

Mix it Up: How to Make Your Own Seed Starting Soil

You can mix your own seed starting soilless medium for germination of seeds. A good soilless medium is a blend of equal parts: sphagnum moss, perlite and vermiculite.

Growing cacti and other succulents from seed or cuttings requires a faster-draining, sandy mix. Use equal parts of sphagnum peat and coarse sand, or buy a bag of ready-to-use cactus mix.

Remember, seedlings started in a soilless, nutrient-free medium will benefit from a weak fertilizer before they are transplanted. Some mixes have give seedlings a little more oomph with organic nutrients.

Seedlings grow best in a light, airy seed starting medium that drains well.

To make it easy on yourself, you can buy a ready-to-use seed starting mix. This is your best bet for successful results. These commercial mixes, such as this Seed Starting Mix are actually soilless, made up of sphagnum peat, vermiculite, limestone and a root booster for healthier roots. This combination allows good drainage and also maintains steady moisture.

Can the best seed starting mix get any better?

This Organic Seed Starting Mix is made of sphagnum peat and perlite so that the medium will drain freely, yet maintain even moisture.

What makes this mix superior? The addition of compost, protein meal and trace minerals gives seedlings more oomph: faster growth, healthier roots, and stronger plants.

With the addition of these nutrients, this organic medium will get your seedlings off to a great start. You won't need to fertilize until after the true leaves have appeared.

Garden Starter Kit

This Organic GrowEase Seed Starting Success Kit includes everything you need to succeed.

  • Two 24-cell growing trays with greenhouse covers
  • Organic Seedstarting Mix
  • 24 Plant markers
  • Self-watering trays water your seedlings for you, and the capillary matting helps to maintain moisture. Seedlings wick up moisture as needed -- no over- or under-watering

Sunlite® Garden with Seed Starting Kit

Designed for simplicity, the Compact 2-Tier Garden Starter® Grow Light Kit (shown here) allows even the beginning gardener to be successful. Remarkably, this portable garden takes up about 2 square feet so you can fit it in just about anywhere.

Seedlings will thrive in the glow of the energy-efficient, full-spectrum T-5 Grow Light, so bright that plants can't tell it from sunlight. To make it even easier, the seed starting kit includes everything you need for success: trays, organic potting mix and more -- plus the 24-hour power strip with timer so you can set it to come on at the same time every day.

If you've ever considered starting plants from seed -- or if you've tried before without luck -- give this easy system a try.

Need a bigger seed starting system? You'll find grow light stands here.

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