Ten days later, the tomatoes were 3 inches high and threatening to pop the biodome off, a few of the eggplant had just started to germinate, and there were no signs of life from any of the peppers. With the variety of seeds at different stages - some requiring heat, some needing to be moved under the grow lights, and some nearly needing to be potted up already, a multi-cell seed starting kit for the backyard gardener is just not the best method for seed-starting.
Recently, I bought a few 10 cell kits thinking that I could simply put a single variety of seed in separate trays to avoid the problems I had with the 60 cell kit. The idea of not worrying about watering and the ease of simply dropping a seed into a plug and then plopping that plug in the hole in the tray was so appealing.
The results? Tomatoes germinate reliably and quickly as usual. Peppers were not reliable and as seen in the photo above, it was a great waste of valuable space under the lights to keep this whole tray with just a few seedlings going. By the time I consolidated the seedlings that DID germinate by potting them up and labeling them, I could have just done it the right way from the beginning. And the tomatoes that are looking great? Well, they're quickly outgrowing the 3/4" plug and will need to be potted up. The final word on these seed starting kits? A waste of time and space. What I would consider almost a gimmick - that I fell for again.