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Q.Germinating Seeds In Egg Containers?

Zone Spain | Clarjs added on November 15, 2020 | Answered

Recently I bought some little cups that are made from the same material as an egg carton/container, they are meant to be used for germinating seeds. The problem is that because of the material, the cups never get fully dry, so they get soggy when I water them. Will this affect the germination of the seeds because it is not drained properly? Should I transplant them to plastic cups?

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Answered on November 16, 2020

Egg cartons are either a foam material or pulp. Foam doesn't drain and pulp may drain slowly; poke several holes in the bottom with a finishing nail. Soil that is too wet may cause seeds to rot. Do you place the cups into a plastic bag? This keeps the soil moist and little watering is required. (use a teaspoon to water if the soil dries) Keep out of direct sunlight to prevent over-heating of seeds. As soon as germination occurs, remove the plastic bag and put cups in full sun. Seedlings will need to be moved into larger containers when they have 1 or 2 sets of true leaves. These must have larger drainage holes.

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