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  • Seed Trays
  • You Are An Ambitious Grower

    Congratulations, you are clearly working towards growing a lot of produce for your home! Maybe you are even looking to sell a little of your extras to neighbors or trading for things you don’t grow yourself. Perhaps this is the year you get that big canning project done.


    As you get ready to start your seeds every year you are probably looking for ways to make the most out of the seed starting space you have available. You are probably ready to start experimenting with succession planting if you haven’t already. We have a few recommendations to help you along your journey.
    The cell trays that you need will vary depending on the crops you grow the most of. Below we have listed out some of our top choices for you along with the rationale behind these choices. We also recommend you check out the articles we have on our seed starting blog. All of our seed starting kits come in a 2 pack or 10 pack size allowing you to get a mix of sizes for different types of plants
    • The 10 pack of 50-cell seed starting kits comes with cell trays, humidity domes and our heavy duty 1020 trays with no holes for efficient bottom watering. The 1 ¾ inch square and 2 ½ inch deep cell size on the 50 cell tray allows you plenty of space per plant. This large cell size gives you a little more leeway in transplanting times in case of unsettled Spring temperatures.
    • For plants that are ready to transplant out quickly our 72-cell seed starting kits are a great option. Lettuces, brassicas and small seeded flowers do great in these trays and the compact cell size gives you the space to start more seeds per 1020 tray.
    • 32-cell trays with insert pots are a staff favorite here at Bootstrap Farmer. They give larger seeded crops like squash the space to spread out. These sets also provide plenty of room for starting heat loving crops like tomatoes to be planted indoors early and grown to transplanting size without the need to up pot.
    • Already have some 1020 trays and humidity domes? All of our cell trays are also available without the kit on our cell tray collection page.
    • For growers looking for an easy way to keep track of all the different varieties you are trying out this year we highly recommend color coding your starts. Using our 32-cell insert trays with shallow bottom trays and a 240 pack of our fabulous multi-color insert pots, you can set yourself up to keep track of every plant without having to write and move tag after tag.
    When growing as many plants from seed as you are planning to this year you may find that a mix of styles suits you best. Some 72-cell trays for your big Spring planting, some 32-cells with insert pots for your tomatoes and cucumbers and a larger number of 50 cell-trays to keep your succession planting tasks on track.
    If you are still not sure which cell tray size is right for you, review this article on Selecting the Right Size Cell Tray for more information on which crops do best in each size. Before you get planting this year make sure you are giving your plants the best chance for survival by reviewing How to Wash and Care for Seedling Trays. Remember that plants grown in dirty equipment are far more likely to suffer from damping off.