Seed Starting Tray
Definition - What does Seed Starting Tray mean?
A seed starting tray is a gardening tool specifically designed to hold multiple seeds, starting from the germination stage, until the seedlings are ready for transplantation. Using such a tray ensures better nutrient availability for each seed, and eliminates the need for multiple plantings. Seed starting trays also help keep the seeds contained.
Seed starting trays are usually plastic. Some come with a dome to help maximize humidity levels, and some come with heating pads that help speed up germination rates. Seed starting trays can also be used to housed clones or cuttings.
MaximumYield explains Seed Starting Tray
The right tools can make gardening much more simple and successful. One of the most important tools for gardeners interested in growing their own plants from seed is a seed starting tray. These are simple, yet important tools that help improve productivity, enhance growth, and generally make gardening easier.
A seed starting tray is exactly what it sounds like – a plastic tray with multiple small “cups” designed to hold seedlings. To use it, a gardener simply fills the tray’s cups with their preferred seed starting mix, and then plants seeds according to the instructions on the package (or their preferred experience). After planting the seeds, water is added, and the seed starting tray can be placed in a warm, well-lit place to await growth.
There are many advantages to using a seed starting tray over other options, such as planting in larger containers. For one, each cup can contain just one or two seedlings, making transplanting simpler as they mature. Another benefit is that these trays are specially designed to improve water drainage, ensuring healthier plants overall.
Some trays can be purchased and reused. However, you will also find those that can be cut apart and planted directly in the soil. The material that makes up the cup is biodegradable, and will deteriorate over time, adding organic matter to the soil. You’ll also find seed trays available in a range of capacities to fit many different growing needs.