Pretty Seed Starting

I hate to start seeds indoors.  Do you?  I find it is really a giant hassle to set it all up in my living room (lights, tables, dirt, shooing my cat away from nibbling seedlings, etc.)  I have decided without a green house it simply isn’t worth it.  The plantarium garden lab on the other hand has some potential.


For 40$ you get a set of 3 plantariums.  Using a nutritive and non-toxic gel created in collaboration with NASA scientists, Plantariums allow you to watch plants grow both above and below the surface. Seedlings can later be transplanted into your garden and the kit even includes mini-pots and peat pucks.  What I would love to see is the gel  and parts available individually, so that I can use other glass containers I have around the house to temporarily re-purpose into plant starters that have a bit of style.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Matti on January 21, 2010 at 12:40 am

    That plantarium garden lab is fantastic. They have a pop quality to them, and in my favorite colors. I am taking a propagation class, and I think they would get a kick out these new cold boxes.

  2. Genevieve on January 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I think Soil Moist crystals come in colors? I ought to try that. I hate seed-starting too and I have a bunch of some brand of colored water-absorbing crystals for starting bulbs in my garage.

  3. pam on October 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I like this. The water in my area is very high in mineral sediments so soil moist cyrstals are out here as they retain the salt. Availibilty of the gel would be great.

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